Around the world in one day: global outdoor bazaar opens again in Dubai

This year will see a total of 75 countries represented through 32 pavilions, for a total duration of 159 days. (Photo courtesy: Globalvillage)

For two decades, Dubai’s largest outdoor Global Village bazaar has showcased numerous world cultures, and with cooling temperatures, this year’s iteration is back once again – and has more attractions than ever, organizers say.

“On top of our enhancement list this year is the ‘Gate of the World’ which is our new entrance for Global Village and the biggest gate in the history of the outdoor marketplace,” Aiham Zidan, the bazaar’s marketing manager told Al Arabiya News.

“The new gate allows visitors to see all the landmarks of the world as soon as they step inside Global Village and enjoy what we called the world avenue,” he said adding that the new gate features 40 turnstile entrances and 40 ticketing counters.



Monuments present at the Gate of the World include replicas of America’s Statue of Liberty, France’s Eiffel Tower, the UAE’s Burj Khalifa as well as India’s Taj Mahal.

Russia and Japan

The Gate of the World is not the only novelty that marked the opening of the 20th season of the massive bazaar.

“We also witnessed the inauguration of two new pavilions which are Russia and Japan and the reopening of two old pavilions Indonesia and Palestine,” Zidan said.

Zidan added that the opening or closure of pavilions had “nothing to do with politics” while clarifying that most of the available countries were represented by “independent investors.”

This year will see a total of 75 countries represented through 32 pavilions, for a total duration of 159 days.

Some of the most popular pavilions include Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India, Zidan said while stressing that each pavilion has “its own unique spirit and its own charm.”

Zidan also spoke about other improvements ranging from infrastructure enhancements to new shows “specifically created for Global village.”



Family entertainment

Speaking about the vision of Global Village, Zidan said: “Our vision is to be among the top 10 destinations in the world for family entertainment.”

“We have received more than 5 million visitors last year and we hope to welcome even more people this year,” he said adding that almost 20 percent of the visitors are tourists.

Global Village will be open from Nov 3, 2015 to April 9, 2016.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49