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.
The 2020/21 season marks the 25th year of Global Village which continues to grow every year – 78 cultures across 26 pavilions and 3,500 displays will feature in this winter’s Jubilee event.
- Global Village Dubai Timings
- Global Village Dubai Ticket Price
- Where is Global Village Dubai?
- Global Village Hotels
- Safety at Global Village Dubai – post COVID
- What will you find at Global Village Dubai
- Special events at Global Village Season 25
- Frequently asked questions planning a trip to Global Village Dubai
Global Village Dubai Timings
Season 25 of Global Village Dubai will run from 25 October 2020 through until 18 April 2021.
- Sunday to Wednesday 4:00 pm to 12:00 am (last entry 11:30 pm)
- Thursday & Friday 4:00 pm to 1:00 am (last entry 12:30 pm)
- Saturday 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Note that Monday’s 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.
The 2020 entry cost remains unchanged:
- Adults 15AED
- Children less than 3-years-old are free as are over 65’s
- People of Determination and one caregiver are free
Carnaval Rides 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.
- Stunt Show 10 AED
- Ripleys Believe it or Not 40 AED
- Ripleys Mirror Maze 25 AED
- Ripleys Combo 50 AED
Global Village VIP Packages
A relatively new concept for Global Village Dubai is VIP Packages for the Silver Jubilee year. These packages include VIP Parking, restaurant reservations and skip the line priveledges on some attractions.
VIP packs for Global Village cost:
- Platinum 5000 AED
- Gold 1800 AED
- Silver 1200 AED
Far more than just Global Village attractions, VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive offers from Dubai Parks & Resorts, The Green Planet, Roxy Cinemas and Laguna Waterpark. 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 – 102, 103, 104 or 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 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:
- The S Hotel Al Barsha (4 star)
- Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis (3 star)
- Arabian Ranches Golf Club (2 star)
Safety at Global Village Dubai – post COVID
Most attractions in Dubai have re-opened post-COVID, including Global Village Dubai with strict safety measures in place. The event venue has a Dubai Assured stamp from Dubai Municipality and health and safety protocols are in place including compulsory earing of face masks, thermal scanners and social distancing.
In addition to this, extra safety measures for children include wrist bands being issued at entry for parents to provide their phone number.
What will you find at Global Village Dubai
As a world showcase you will find at Dubai Global Village:
Retail outlets – from clothing to local crafts representing 78 different cultures around the world and spread over 26 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 25.
Stage Shows – From KPop to Bollywood Flash Mob, centre stage is where you’ll find a daily stream of entertainment, as well as smaller shows that may appear within each of the pavilions. You can find the complete daily schedule of shows here.
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.
Special events at Global Village Season 25
The two big events to look out for in the Silver Jubilee year are:
- National Day – celebrations from 1 to 5 December 2020
- The Festive Wonderland from 6 to 31 December 2020
Last year the event attracted over 7 million visitors before it’s early closure in March. Visitor numbers are expected to be a little lower in 2020/21 but nonetheless, still one of Dubai’s most spectacular events of the winter.
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 advance purchasing options online.
Tickets to Dubai Global Village can be purchases at the venue with ticket windows open 30 minutes before opening time and close 30 minutes prior to closing time.
You can now also download tickets via the Global Village app (here on Apple or here for Android) or online purchasing options have now been made available on their website.