By Jamil Khan | DUBAI
Anyone who has travelled on Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Road in evenings will not miss the long row of vibrant lightbeams piercing the clouds. The multicolour lights of world famous monuments can be seen from one end to the other.
This is the Global Village and all the hustle and bustle in the area is due to the 21st season of the much-anticipated event in the region that started on Nov. 1, 2016. Its run of 159 days will end on Apr 8.
With its attractions for families catering to children and elders, the current Global Village is full of surprises from entertainment, products from various countries in stalls to choose from to food. Also, the main cultural stage is set everyday for a new cultural show. The massive and beautifully installed ‘main cultural stage’ hosts live concerts every Friday to offer visitors the chance to see their favourite artists from not only from the Middle East and Asia but also from around the world. These include Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Cheb Khalid, Atif Aslam, Mohammad Assaf and Omar Abdul Lat among others.
The village dubbed as ‘global’ represents over 75 countries in 30 pavilions. These provide a unique shopping experience as one can find handcrafted items in their respective pavilions that represent their culture and tradition.
Besides Algeria, pavilions representing their country for the first time includes Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the Far East Pavilion and in the Eastern Europe pavilion includes Serbia, Romania and Ukraine.
The countries that enthrall visitors every year includes UAE, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Russia, Africa, USA, Pakistan, Italy, Lebanon, France, India, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Yemen, Thailand, KSA, Spain, Kuwait, China, Qatar, Germany, Syria and UK.
To cater to the needs of the huge influx of tourists and residents from different parts of the city, the Road and Transport Authority has initiated two new routes, 103 from Union Station and 104 from Al Ghubaiba Station, to provide affordable transport to the venue.
The visitors find the arrangements satisfactory while they visit their favourite entertainment and leisure destination. Besides, ample parking spaces at the entrances of the Global Village, is a great relief for all those who come in their own transport.
To add to the fun, food lovers are offered more than 150 food and beverage outlets covering cuisines from most parts of the world are available at new restaurants, cafes and street-food kiosks.
As a family day-out, the Global Village provides a wide range of traditional food options not only Emirati but from around the world such as Japanese, Thai, Mexican and Mughlai (Iranian, Indian & Pakistani). For children, no matter which nationality or culture they belong to, kiosks offering ice-creams and street food adds to the mix.
One cannot miss the huge replicas of famous structures from around the world providing ample opportunities of taking selfies and group photos in every possible style. The Taj Mahal of India and Pyramids of Giza are some attractions for Western visitors who are seen taking unlimited photographs with their portable cameras and mobile phones. Other prominent replicas are aso on display, attracting huge crowds.
-Published in The Gulf Today