Global Village (Dubai)

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Global Village in Dubai

Global Village in Dubai is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311 road (United Arab Emirates) Dubai.[1] It combines cultures of 90 countries across the world at one place. It claims to be the world's largest tourism, leisure, shopping and entertainment project. It is the region's first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination. Every year, it has over 5 million visitors over an area of 17,200,000 sq ft (1,600,000 m2).[2] The current admission fee is AED 15.

Global Village Announced New Dates For 2021

Global Village announced the opening date of its 26th season as 2021-22. Destination season 26 will last 167 days until the end of April 10, 2022. It also invites aspiring business acumen to register their interest. Bring your new street food kiosk or food cart to life in the next edition. Potential partners can submit their concepts and quotations before August 1. Every year millions of residents of the UAE and tourists from other countries visited the Global Village. The Global Village Silver Jubilee Edition has received 4.5 million visitors and has witnessed the Global Village breaking 25 Guinness World Records. In season 25, the park showcased 78 cultures in 26 pavilions in 190 days, while last year it opened more than 300 restaurants and 3,500 retail stores.

Many notable international artists such as Jason Derulo, Liam Payne, Now United, Shahrukh Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Samira Said, Elissa, Neha Kakkar, Guru Randhawa, Atif Aslam etc. have performed here.[3]


Global Village started out in the form of a number of kiosks in January 1997 located on the Creek Side opposite to Dubai Municipality. It then later shifted to the Oud Metha Area near Wafi City for 5 years. Today, Global Village has 6 million visitors at its current location on exit of Sheikh Zayed Exit 37.[4][1]


There are four main sections in the Village. These sections consist of events and concerts, carnivals, food, and shopping. The food aisle will have food from all over the world. Concerts, carnivals, and shopping are the same.


Dubai Global Village has one of the largest capacity parking in Dubai with a total capacity of 18300 vehicles.[1] The parking is divided into two main categories. One is general parking which is free of cost while the other is paid parking known as VIP Parking. There is valet parking available as well. The parking has a free train and shuttle bus to and from the park.

Facts and figures[edit]

Year Number of visitors
2019/20 More than 7 million visitors, From 29 October 2019 to 15 March 2020, 146 days( Closed early due to COVID-19 outbreak instead of 4 April).[5][6]
2018/19 7 million visitors, From 30 October 2018 to 13 April 2019, 166 days.[7]
2017/18 5.6 million visitors, From 1 November 2017 to 7 April 2018, 157 days.[8]
2016/17 From 1 November 2016 to 8 April 2017, 158 days.
2015/16 From 3 November 2015 to 9 April 2016, 158 days.
2014/15 From 6 November 2014 to 11 April 2015, 156 days.
2013/14 From 5 October 2013 to 12 April 2014, 191 days.
2012 7.00 million visitors.
2011 5.00 million visitors, 151 days, and 45 country pavilions.
2008 4.50 million visitors.
2007 4.20 million visitors, 59 days, and 39 country pavilions.
2006 2.10 million visitors, 129 days, and 40 country pavilions.
2005 5.00 million visitors, 79 days. Global Village reaches its 10-year mark with a new location and longer operation period.
2004 5.20 million visitors, 38 participating countries.
2003 3.10 million visitors, 31 participating countries.
2002 2.33 million visitors, 28 country pavilions.
2001 1.68 million visitors, 25 country pavilions.
2000 1.59 million visitors, 22 country pavilions.
1999 1.45 million visitors, 20 country pavilions from around the world.
1998 1.20 million visitors, 20 country pavilions from around the world.
1997 900,000 visitors, 18 countries.
1996 Global Village was initially a small site along the Dubai Creek with small kiosks representing different countries. In its first year, Global Village had more than 500,000 visitors.

2018 Session[edit]

The 23rd session of Dubai Global village started on 30 October 2018.[9] This season will remain open till 13 April 2019. Over 90 countries and 27 pavilion are established in this season. Overall, 23 concerts will be held during this season.[10]

2019 Session[edit]

The 24th session started on 29 October 2019 [1] and was scheduled to close its gates for visitors on 4 April 2020 for the session, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and as instructed from Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, the session was suspended,[2] in line with ongoing efforts to safeguard public health due to pandemic.[3] Owing to the early closure of the park all the scheduled concerts were canceled too.

2020 Session (Silver Jubilee Season)[edit]

This will be the 25th anniversary, or silver jubilee, of the park, and in keeping with the theme, the new season of Global Village will launch on 25 October and run for 25 weeks, concluding on 18 April 2021. Another change for this season is that the opening hours on Saturday have been extended. The park will be open from 2 pm until 11 pm (it was previously open from 4 pm until midnight). [4]


A fire broke out in the China pavilion on 25 June 2018 during a demolition process. No injuries were reported as it was during the off-season.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Global, Village. "Official Global Village Website". Global Village Dubai.
  2. ^ "Global Village | Make Your Senses Come Alive". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ "In pics: Dubai's Global Village receives 'record' seven million visitors". Gulf Business (in American English). 15 April 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. ^ Editor, Yousra Zaki, Guides Deputy (29 October 2018). "Your ultimate guide to Dubai's Global Village". GulfNews. Retrieved 6 November 2018. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Editor, Staff Report (15 April 2020). "Dubai's Global Village logs Dh3 billion business transactions, 7 million visitors in over 5 months". GulfNews. Retrieved 15 April 2020. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Cherian, Dona (29 October 2019). "Dubai Global Village 2019-2020: Everything you need to know". Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  7. ^ Editor, Staff Report (15 April 2019). "Dubai's Global Village logs Dh3 billion business transactions, 7 million visitors in over 5 months". GulfNews. Retrieved 15 April 2019. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Editor, Staff Report (9 April 2017). "Global Village welcomed 5.6 million visitors this season". GulfNews. Retrieved 9 April 2017. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "23rd season of Dubai Global Village - dates and VIP Packs announced". (in American English). Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Dubai's Global Village unveils new season". Arab News. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  11. ^ Ali Al Shouk (25 June 2018). "Fire breaks out at Dubai Global Village". GulfNews. Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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