Visiting the Global Village in Dubai
Dubai is the entertainment centre of the world. It's a place where one can spend a holiday and enjoy oneself. Almost like a playground with plenty of entertainment avenues for all people. It is also easily accessible from all corners of the world and Dubai international airport handles 61 million passengers every year. This gives us an idea of the volume of visitors who come to Dubai.
Accommodation is no problem and there are hundreds of hotels from the one star to 5 star luxury resorts. Some of the finest roads flit across the city which has a metro rail. tram line and the city bus for commuters. In addition there are excellent Toyota Camry cabs to take you anywhere you want to.
One of the places one must visit is the Global village. This is, I think one of the largest entertainment centres in the world. It's an awesome place and remains open during the tourist season from September to April. The weather during this period is salubrious and one can spend a lot of time outdoors as well as at the beach.
The Global Village
The Global Village is located at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road,Exit 37 - Dubailand - Dubai. It can be easily reached from all corners of this mega city. The village is open every day from 4 pm to midnight. There is an entrance fee of AED 15( about $ 4), but children below 3 years are allowed free. As already pointed out the Dubai Global village functions only about 6 months in a year during the tourist season. As you park you car, a line of cycle Rickshaws will greet you. These will transport you to the gate of the entertainment centre. All the rickshaw pullers are from India and wear a colorful dress. You can also drive right up to teh gate and ask for a valet for the car, but it will cost you AED 50.
The village is a great entertainment and shoppingntre. It also has a small waterway flowing through it, in which power boats ply and visitors can take a ride in them. The fair is home to 70 nations pavilions that sell their wares here. One will come across stalls and pavilions from India, China, Persia, Russia, Europe and America as well as many other nations. Its a riot of color and pageantry.
This year the stress is on internationalism and replicas of famous landmarks from all over the world like the Burj Khalifa( tallest building in the world) , Elfin Tower, Statute of liberty and the Taj Mahal adorn the exhibition. The entrance is through a replica of the famous Kremlin Palace of Russia.
To do justice to the entertainment centre one must spend an entire day here. There are nearly 47 restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world , hence eating and dining is not a problem.
The Africa pavilion is a great place to pick up bargain deals of African art. The pavilion also has a small stage where the Africans will entertain visitors with their tribal dances. Other places to pick up bargain deals are the India and China pavilions. These are also the biggest in the park. One can also pick up jewelry here and one of the top sellers has a face of the Taj Mahal at entry.
There is also a entertainment park for children, where rides and other entertainment avenues exist and in case you are with family, this is a place to spend some time.
Dances and Fun
One of the highlights of the Global Village is the cultural show on a stage close to the entrance. Here dancers from India, Thailand and other countries will perform the traditional dances. These cultural shows are an ongoing process and carry on late into the night. They last about 30 minutes and are repeated hourly. Watching them is great fun.
You can get to eat anything you want, for you will like to replenish you and your kids energy. But no alcohol is available and that I feel is a good thing as in such a place alcohol could be a spoil sport.It is also a lovely place for newly weds and lovers who can sit and talk in the vast mounds of grassy lawns.
There is also a change among the locals and their women seem to have got out of their shyness and its a great sight to see women and girls with burkhs going arm in arm with their men as well as holding hands. This is certainly a change. Plenty of Europeans and Americans are around with shorts and minis and there is no dress restriction. Even on the beaches the bikini is very much in vogue.
Spending a day at the Global village is a delight. But there is an underside as inside for everything there is a ticket and that can set you back by a tidy sum. The items are not cheap, but a good bargain can be made especially in the Africa pavilion, which is very popular.
Overall its a place that adds lustre to Dubai as an entertainment centre for a vacation especially if you are with family. Add to this Butterfly Park, Miracle Garden, pristine beaches and the Alain Zoo and one realizes that there is very little that Dubai does not offer.