Global Village starts tomorrow 3rd November: Guide to free train rides, stunts, fireworks, online tickets
20th anniversary season will see free train rides, new stunt shows, rides, tickets via app
By 24/7 News
Published Sunday, November 01, 2015
Dubai’s Global Village, the region’s favourite family entertainment and cultural destination, will begin its 20th anniversary season tomorrow, November 3, 2015, and will run for more than five months, until April 9, 2016.
Organisers said yesterday the destination attracted 5 million visitors during the last season, and the 20th season will be even bigger and better with enhanced infrastructure and an expanded line-up of concerts and entertainment.
The new attractions this year include free train rides from parking to entrance, new country pavilions (including Russia and Japan), multi-storey restaurants, car chases and bike stunts, street acts by riders atop LED-lit monocycles, new stage shows, and new rides at the Fantasy Island, among others.
In a media statement, organisers said Global Village has made significant improvements this year to provide the best guest experience. Starting from the guest-centric infrastructure enhancements and facilities to exciting new shows and artists, to the new pavilions and countries being represented.
Newly introduced trains will operate throughout the day, taking guests to and from the car park to the new entrance ‘The Gate of The World’ for free. Each train has a capacity of 60 passengers. The new ‘Gate of The World’ is the largest gate in Global Village’s history featuring 40 turnstile entrances and 40 ticketing counters.
For 20 seasons, Global Village has taken guests on a journey across the world, providing an extravaganza of sights, sounds and smells. This year, the ‘Main Cultural Stage’ has been enhanced to boost the audio/visual experience for the crowd. No matter where you are standing, you will feel as if you are in the front row.
In addition, the expanded grass seating areas will create a much more relaxed and comfortable environment where families and friends can bring a picnic or just enjoy the entertainment.
“We cannot wait to open our gates for the public to enjoy Global Village’s 20th season. We have worked very hard and listened to our guests’ feedback to make sure that we provide them with the best entertaining experience over 159 days,” said Ahmad Hussain bin Essa, CEO at Global Village.
Bin Essa highlighted that the 20th season enhancements come in line with the five-year strategic development plan. This has been introduced by Global Village in line with Dubai’s Tourism vision for 2020 with the key objective of attracting more visitors to the Emirate with a particular focus on family tourism.
“There will be a number of new and exciting surprises throughout the season as well as high quality entertainment facilities,’’ he said. “From entry to entertainment, shopping and dining, we have kept our guests in mind to offer a new experience for the 20th season.”
New rides at the Fantasy Island
The Fantasy Island will return and once again will be operated by Mellors Entertainment, a global funfair operator. This season, it gets bigger and better with new rides including Crazy Golf (Children Ride); Cape fear Ghost Train (Family Ride) and Loop fighter (Thrill Ride).
Cuisines from around the world are represented by 20 restaurants in addition to 100 themed food and beverage kiosks. Further, visitors may relax in multi-storey restaurants while enjoying the views of the canal and the pavilions. In addition, every Thursday and Friday, guests can witness the fantastic fireworks display, which will alight the sky.
This year, there are 32 pavilions, with more than 75 countries being represented. New pavilions participating for the first time are Russia and Japan, with the return of Indonesia and Palestine. All pavilion façades have been redesigned to provide better representation of the culture and heritage of their respective countries.
The pavilions taking part in Global Village will be Afghanistan; Africa; America; Bahrain; China; Egypt; France, Germany and UK pavilion; Tunisia; India; Indonesia; Iraq; Iran; Italy; Japan; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Lebanon; Morocco; Pakistan; Palestine; Philippines; Qatar; Russian; Spain; Malaysia and Singapore pavilion; Syria; Thailand; Turkey; UAE; and Yemen, in addition to Khalifa Foundation and Fursati pavilions.
Musicians and singers from all over the world will gather at Global Village to put on spectacular shows, all included within the Global Village entry ticket. Guests will be able to watch world-class and live musical performances of Arabic, Far Eastern, Indian, Afghani, and African artists and performers throughout the season. Artists are to include: Strings, Saad Lamjarrad, Fares Karam, Balqees, Mohamed Assaf, Shreya Goshal and Abdullah Ruwaishid.
This year, Global Village has introduced new ways for guests to purchase tickets, including the option to buy tickets online or on a Global Village smartphone application. New 40 ticketing counters have also been introduced at the ‘The Gate of The World’. Ticket entry prices will remain Dh15 for adults and free entry for children under three. People with a disability and adults over 65 years receive free entry as well.
Entertainment (New Shows)
There will be a wide variety of family friendly shows and entertainment with never-before-seen artists interacting and entertaining the guests leaving a lasting memory. There will be a regularly changing schedule of shows and entertainment and guest are encouraged to visit globalvillage.ae to discover what’s on offer. Some of the key acts will include:
Two unique high-end production shows created specifically for Global Village based on cultural aspects. These are Fiestaval and Dreams, supported by street actors and performers from across the world.
Fiestaval will take the guests on a journey across five festivals from around the world. It will chart the journey of three Dr. Seuss-style characters, each with their own individual traits and personalities. Together they will travel across five festivals around the world for families to enjoy all on one stage.
Dreams will be the kids favourite with famous characters such as Genie and Princess Jasmine. It will take them on a voyage full of adventure with the well-known One Thousand and One Arabian Nights stories. This show will display special effects, which will transform the stage into one of Arabian Nights magical stories.
In addition, the much-loved mascot ‘Globo’ will put on a theatrical performance. This will be the first chance for Global Village guests to take a peek into Globo’s world, where his new friends will be introduced.
One of Global village’s main aims this season is to provide a fun-filled environment for children. To keep up with this vision, the park is introducing ‘Mission Kids’, a festival fully packed with activities including face painting, balloonists, bouncy castles, the famous Shaabiat characters, the Smurfs and Circus Circus.
One particular street show highlight will see the LED Mono-velos – illuminated monocycles with riders dressed in futuristic silver and white jump suits. Returning to Global Village for its third season, the longstanding tradition of street theatre Covent Garden that will bring street artists from around the world with bigger, better and never seen before street performers.
Bollywood musical will be a full, colourful, over the top and very fancy Bollywood concept featuring The Khans of Bollywood and Bollywood Wedding shows.
South America cultures will be represented with an explosion of music and dance performance on a 20 minute medley of songs, from across the region making this a truly unforgettable event.
There will be a number of stunt shows throughout the season which include a ‘Hollywood Stunt Show’ where breath-taking car chase, bike stunts and action scenes are on show. For the first time Global Village will showcase how Hollywood stunts are done. ‘The Jet Ski show’ will also see an extreme water sports show with synchronised jet skis and fly surfers guaranteed to leave guests amazed.
The UFO show will be another bespoke show for Global Village with laser lights and pyrotechnics. The main aerialist along with other performers will rotate, bungee and perform acrobatics for an extensive range of performances, acrobatic dances and exciting shows that promise to make it a day to remember.