Global Vil­lage opens its doors to­mor­row

YEAR’S MOST-AWAITED EVENT IS BACK WITH MORE COUN­TRY PAV­IL­IONS, NEW AT­TRAC­TIONS AND A MEGA CAR­NI­VAL

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Most-awaited event has new at­trac­tions and a mega car­ni­val to thrill young and old |

BY JUMANA KHAMIS Staff Re­porter O ne of the most awaited events in the UAE’s cal­en­der is back — the Global Vil­lage, in its 22nd edi­tion, will wel­come visi­tors from to­mor­row.

To run un­til April 7, this in­ter­na­tional show­case of cul­ture, her­itage, shop­ping, food, fun and en­ter­tain­ment un­der the slo­gan ‘Come Ex­pe­ri­ence the World,’ will this year fea­ture a new con­cept — in­ter­na­tional cui­sine and car­ni­val along with the big­gest fun­fair ex­pe­ri­ence ever at Global Vil­lage. Prices for fun fair rides in the car­ni­val area will be re­duced by 10 per cent this year.

The line-up of en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes more than 20 block­buster con­certs with Ara­bic and Bollywood celebri­ties and artistes, and more than 12,000 cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment pro­grammes.

“We have worked on a num­ber of en­hance­ments and de­vel­op­ments based on our Guest Jour­ney Map­ping stud­ies and will be of­fer­ing some of the best cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences in the re­gion,” said Badr An­wahi, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Global Vil­lage.

Au­then­tic prod­ucts

More than 75 coun­tries will be rep­re­sented in 27 pav­il­ions, with each pav­il­ion show­cas­ing au­then­tic prod­ucts and crafts, her­itage cor­ners as well as cul­tural per­for­mances. Two new pav­il­ions de­but this year — Bos­nia and Balkans, and South Asia Pav­il­ion (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal). The in­tro­duc­tion of the Car­ni­val will be 2017’s key at­trac­tion at Global Vil­lage with 28 rides, 34 skill games and more than 100 ar­cade games in a new Ar­cade build­ing de­signed as a car­ni­val tent. Rides are di­vided into three cat­e­gories: chil­dren, fam­ily, and thrill rides.

Ev­ery Fri­day at 9pm, the main cul­tural stage will host one of 20 Arab and in­ter­na­tional stars, with Ab­dulla Bil Khair set to take the stage on Novem­ber 3. Other con­firmed artistes in­clude Tamer Hosny, Mo­ham­mad Al Salem, Shreya Ghoshal, and Mike Singh.

This year’s cul­tural per­for­mances will host more than 80 artistes se­lected from the UAE, Bri­tain, In­dia, and China af­ter au­di­tion­ing more than 1,500 per­form­ers.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing our guests and have been work­ing day and night to reach the high­est lev­els of readi­ness and su­pe­rior stan­dards,” said Ah­mad Al Marri, Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions, Global Vil­lage.

Another much-an­tic­i­pated per­for­mance is the Mega Mon­ster Stunt Show. With new and big­ger range of tech­nolo­gies, spe­cial ef­fects, cars, bi­cy­cles and au­dio and video ef­fects, the show will fea­ture more than 30 stunt pro­fes­sion­als, tech­ni­cians and safety of­fi­cials who will per­form six days a week through­out the sea­son.

This year, Global Vil­lage will also host 23 restau­rants and cafés that in­clude nine new cuisines from Mex­ico, China, the Gulf and Cuba. Guests can also sam­ple the world’s best street foods at more than 120 kiosks.

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More than 12,000 cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment pro­grammes will be held at Global Vil­lage.

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Artistes per­form­ing to Bollywood tunes.

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Badr An­wahi

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Artistes per­form­ing at the Mon­ster Stunt Show.

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