One of the most magical places to visit in Dubai at night is the seasonal extravaganza of Global Village.
Part theme park, part market – it’s truly difficult to describe Global Village without experiencing it! A wonderful festival of colour, sounds, smells, and tastes as countries around the world showcase their foods, handicrafts, dance and culture in one giant venue.
Season 28 of Global Village returns this winter with a huge entertainment line up featuring more than 40,000 live shows over the course of the seasonal event. There will be 27 country pavilions to explore this year, plus the Road to Asia and an Emirati heritage area.
Here’s everything you need to know planning a trip to Global Village Dubai
Global Village Dubai Timings
Season 28 of Global Village Dubai will open on Wednesday October 18th, 2023 and run until early April 2024.
- Sunday to Thursday 4:00 pm to 12:00 am (last entry 11:30 pm)
- Friday and Satureday 4:00 pm to 1:00 am (last entry 12:30 pm)
Note that Tuesdays are family night (unless it is a public holiday) where only women, children and direct male relatives may attend.
Global Village Dubai Ticket Price
Park entry into Global Village Dubai has always been set at a very affordable amount to encourage visitors from all parts of the Dubai community to be able to join in.
There has, however, been a price rise again in 2023-24 and there are some differential prices to be aware of:
- “Value” Online (Sunday to Thursday) 22.5 AED
- “All Day” tickets TBC
- Tickets at the Door TBC
- Children less than 3-years-old are free, as are over 65’s
- People of Determination and one caregiver are free
Carnaval rides & games come at an additional cost; you can pre-purchase a Wonder Pass and top it up with credit for these rides.
Additional attractions at Global Village Dubai
There are several attractions within the park that now cost extra. These extra attractions can be paid for in advance online to prevent the need to queue for tickets and contactless payment. TBC Pricing for 2023-24 these are yet to be released!
- Harbour Force Stunt Show 15 AED
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not 40 AED
- Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze 30 AED
- Ripley’s 4D Moving Theatre 40 AED
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not Grand Combo 75 AED
This is in addition to a stunning array of free shows that are on throughout the season. Some of this seasons line up will include:
- Ainjaa – From Bogota, Colombia, a high energy drumming band can be seen daily, this year teaming up with America’s Got Talent alumni Urban Crew with their extreme acrobatic feats
- Fusion Japan – in January, they will be showcasing impressive displays of tumbling combined with hip hop and physical feats
- Mumbai Nights – always a crowd favourite will be brining some brilliant Bollywood routines
- Merry-Go-Round – live circus troupe set the stage in the year 2075 to a world where toys come to life in brilliant display of jugglers, acro dancers and fire-breathers!
- Kids’ Theatre – enjoy the likes of The Wonderers, PJ Masks and Peter Rabbit shows
Global Village VIP Packages
Introduced a few years ago now, Global Village Dubai offers VIP Packages. Releaaed only in a limited number each year, pass holders will be entitled to priveledges such as VIP Parking, restaurant reservations, and skip-the-line priveledges on some attractions.
VIP packs for Global Village in 2023-24:
- Diamond VIP 7000 AED
- Platinum VIP 2950 AED
- Gold VIP 2250 AED
- Silver VIP 1750 AED
Far more than just Global Village attractions, VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive offers from Dubai Parks & Resorts, The Green Planet, and Roxy Cinemas. Sold by Virgin Megastrorees, you can learn more here.
Where is Global Village Dubai?
You will find Global Village Dubai just off the E311 Freeway in Dubai – Exit 37 from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
Driving to Global Village
There are ample parking spaces – for over 23,000 cars! – though be warned the car park is HUGE! for the spots nearest to the entrance, you really do need to be amongst the first to arrive after opening.
Public Bus to Global Village Dubai
There are several bus routes servicing Global Village Dubai – Look for routes 102, 103, 104 and 106.
Taxi or Careem/Uber to Global Village
This is a great way to get to Global Village without the hassle of parking. There is a large taxi rank to take you home at the end of the evening but we suggest trying to pre-book your spot using Careem/Hala Taxi to beat the rush at closing time.
Global Village Hotels
There are still, surprisingly, no hotels located actually in Global Village. You will find these hotels near Global Village Dubai for the most convenience, though still a taxi ride away:
What Will You Find at Global Village Dubai?
The world showcase you will find at Dubai Global Village includes:
Retail outlets – from clothing to local crafts representing 78 different cultures around the world and spread over 27 pavilions.
Dining – street stalls to dine in restaurants – some are within country/continent pavilions whilst others are found on restaurant street. There will be over 140 food kiosks featured in season 28.
Stage Shows – You will get a daily stream of live entertainment on the main stage, kids stage as well as smaller shows that may appear within each of the pavilions and street acts.
Fireworks – held every Friday and Saturday at 9:00 PM (Plus additional shows on public holidays)
Carnaval – dedicated to show rides, arcade-style games and experiences such as laser tag and the haunted house as well as the iconic show ground Ferris wheel. You will need a Wonder Pass loaded with credit to enjoy these experiences.
Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone – This family addition includes a hedge maze, garden cafe, activity park, and retail store.
Special Events at Global Village Season 28
The two big events to look out for this year are:
- National Day – celebrations from 30 November to 3 December 2023
Frequently asked questions planning a trip to Global Village Dubai
Previously tickets to Global Village were only available at the venue, but now there are advanced purchasing options online to save you any queuing (particularly on weekends).
Tickets to Dubai Global Village can still be purchased at the venue with ticket windows open 30 minutes before opening time and close 30 minutes prior to closing time.
Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai
- Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!!!
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