Stage set for new season of Global Village on November 1
Angel Tesorero /Dubai
Filed on October 31, 2017 | Last updated on October 31, 2017 at 07.02 am
There are more than 3,500 outlets, including hundreds of boutique shops, 23 restaurants and cafes at the Global Village.
Another season of good vibes begins at Global Village as it opens its doors for its 22nd seasonon November 1. The entire world has once again merged in one place as more than 75 cultures represented through 27 country pavilions and showcasing more than 12,000 cultural and entertainment shows are housed inside the 1.6million square metre park located on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road Exit 37.
There are also more than 3,500 outlets, including hundreds of boutique shops, 23 restaurants and cafes, and 120 food and beverage kiosks featuring cuisines from the Far East to the Middle East; Asia to Europe, Africa and the Americas.
There are more than 20 daily entertainment and performances for kids featuring 3,000 local performers, besides, fireworks, 23 concerts with international superstars are set for every Friday
The fun will never stop for adventure seekers as there are 28 exhilarating rides for everyone aside from and 34 competitive skill games and more than 100 arcade games. Customer help is not a problem as there are more than 10,000 staff at hand who speak different languages, coming from 90 nationalities.
Global Village chief operating officer Bader Anwahi, said: “We have worked on a number of enhancements and developments based on our guest journey mapping studies. Guests will experience the world every time they visit as they witness more exciting and huge international shows that will surely leave a positive impact.”
A key new attraction this year is carnival featuring new games named after the world’s most famous cities to reflect this year’s theme: ‘Come Experience the World.’
Another highly-anticipated show is the Mega Monster Stunt Show. Members of the UAE media were given a sneak peek of this high-octane live action featuring more than 30 stunt men performing death-defying car-chase and motorcycle jumps.
This season will also feature ‘Victory Project’ competition, which is expected to attract 15,000 students from more than 50 UAE schools to design and decorate more than 3,000 ceramic tiles in the shape of the UAE’s Victory Sign of three fingers salute. The designs will be displayed during the 46th UAE National Day.
Launched in 1997, Global Village was first based on the Creek side, which was shifted to Oud Metha and then to Dubai Festival City, until it found a permanent home in 2005 on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road Exit 37.
Global Village means good jobs
For visitors, Global Village means spectacular rides, concerts and cultural shows, delicious cuisines, bargain items and other merchandise, but for other Dubai residents, it means job opportunities.
Filipino expat An Celestial, 25, is just one of the 10,000 staff from 90 countries who are manning the 1.6million square metre multicultural festival park. Celestial, who has spent the past several months looking for suitable job, signed her employment contract on Monday and will serve as a skill games assistant at Global Village.
“Actually, I feel like this is not work for me. I guess it will not be a stressful job because I’m am earning and at the same time I will be having fun at the theme park,” she told Khaleej Times.
“Last year, I visited Global Village with my boyfriend and I enjoyed it. Now, I’m happy to be part of the Global Village family,” she added.
Five-year Dubai resident Von Lagman, 25, also said he’s happy to be employed at the Global Village.
“I left my previous job of more than four years because it had become too stressful. I needed a break and I think Global Village is a fun place to work at,” said Lagman, who will also work as a skill games assistant.
“The pay is not bad plus we will get bonuses. So I think I will be able to support myself and my family,” he added.