Dubai's Global Village With 3,500 Outlets, 250 Restaurants Opens Today: Here's What To Expect

Global Village in Dubai opens its doors today, October 25, at 6pm, marking the official start of its 27th season.

This year, Global Village brings together 27 pavilions, over 3,500 shopping outlets and more than 250 restaurants, cafes, and street food options.

Featuring 40,000 shows, guests can experience a new line-up of some of the world’s best performers, famous characters, world-class concerts, street entertainment and the region’s only water-based stunt show.

Last season, it had a record 7.8 million guests visit during the six months it was operational, including an extended period, as it stayed open an extra four weeks until May 7. This year the attraction has sprung up again, with an array of new attractions, shows and additional amenities that will make visiting the wildly popular family-friendly destination much easier.

Here’s everything you need to know about Global Village’s 2022 season.

The attraction will reopen to the public on Tuesday at 6pm and run until April next year. A specific closing date has yet to be announced.

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27 pavilions

The pavilions, each themed according to a different nation or culture, are a star attraction at Global Village.

The pavilions confirmed for season 27 are the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Afghanistan, Africa, Americas, China, Egypt, Europe, India, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Yemen and Russia.

New for the 27th season are the Oman and Qatar pavilions.

Two pavilions, Al Sana’a and Khalifa Foundation, will also return, with UAE entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses.


A new concept, Road of Asia, will be a pedestrian street with 43 kiosks, offering food and products from countries not represented in the pavilions.

The 13 countries to be featured here are Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and the Philippines.

More than 175 rides, games and attractions are also available for guests to enjoy, including the new haunted house and a Heroes Gallery, an exhibition inspired by superheroes and movie memorabilia.

There will also be a Big Balloon experience, “one-of-its-kind” Helium Balloon Ride providing spectacular 360-degree views across Global Village and its wider surroundings.  

Global Village has revealed a packed new season line-up, featuring more than 400 performers from around the world. This includes more than 200 performances each night. Additionally, a third entrance called Happiness Gate is being introduced to help stem traffic flow and ensure shorter walking distances from the car parks. It will also have valet parking.

How to get there

Global Village is located on Exit 37 of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (311) in Dubailand. It is about a 20-minute drive from Dubai Marina, and a 25-minute drive from Downtown Dubai.

Tickets, opening hours

Tickets purchased online are cheaper than those bought at the venue. For entry on Sunday to Thursday, tickets are Dh18 online and Dh20 at the gate. For all other days, it’s Dh22.5 online and Dh25 at the gate.

Entry is free for children under the age of 3 and senior citizens aged 65 and above, as well as people of determination.

Tuesdays are reserved for ladies and families only, except for on public holidays.

Global Village is open from 4pm to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and 4pm to 1am from Thursday to Saturday.

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