Global Village (Dubai)
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Global Village Dubailand, Dubai, 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).
Season 2015 / 2016
Global Village’s 20th season began on November 3, 2015 and will be closed in April 2016.
season 2017 / 2018
global village's 22nd season began on November 1, 2017 and will be closed in April 7, 2018
Global Village operates seven days a week. The gates are opened to visitors from Saturday to Wednesday from 4:00pm–12:00am, and it's open until 1:00am on Thursday, Friday, and public holidays. There are also special days only for women, children and family.
The parking area at Global Village was designed to host more than 17,000 cars with additional overflow parking areas used during peak times. Free parking shuttles are operated round the clock during the operating hours to transport visitors to and from the overflow parking areas.
Global Village started out in the form of a number of kiosks in 1996 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 in DubaiLand.
Facts and figures
|Year||Number of visitors|
|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.|
Best Buys From Global Village
There are many products available in Global Village. African black soap, Chea Butter and Argan Oil are only few to consider. In addition, there are many authentic oriental home decoration products you can get from Tunisia Pavilion and the Egyptian Pavilion. There are also amazing honey varieties in the Yemen pavilion. Experience Russia like never before in 2017 Global Village, Dubai. Organized by Apple Blue Events. They brought Russia's cultural attraction with a unique shopping experience right in Global Village. A unique opportunity for exhibitors to Showcase the Culture & Products of Russia in Dubai.
Whilst the Global Village is communal place that also sells items such as perfume products from leading brands like Al Haramain Perfumes and the Al Hajabane has also managed to grow in popularity thanks to the uniqueness of the Global Village.
The three most popular national pavilions are Africa, China and Turkey, based on crowd numbers. There are many interesting hand-carved wooden souvenirs available at low prices in the African pavilion. The Chinese pavilion has the largest variety of items at very low prices but of lesser quality. The Turkish pavilion has many intricate and exotic items. Iran also has many intricate handcrafted plates, carpets and ornaments 
A fire broke out in the China pavilion on June 25, 2018 during a demolition process. No injuries were reported as it was during the off-season.
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