UAE hospitality at the Global Village
Published on December 8, 2014
The biggest cultural and entertainment event of the year, Global Village opened its gates to the public on November 6, marking the beginning of 157 days of cultural extravaganza and shows from all around the globe.
Representing the homeland, the UAE pavilion reflects exceptional local hospitality.
Resembling a traditional souk with a sandy coloured façade, it takes you into the arms of the traditional Emirati hospitality as you inhale the smells of backhoor and oud. Visitors experience the local culture as they are served traditional Arabic coffee and dates.
The pavilion includes the Al Dhanai store where visitors get an opportunity to purchase a variety of local products, including honey, beeswax, honeycomb as well as traditional Emirati dresses and other products. The owner of the store Ali Al Dhanai, has been bringing back his products to the fair for nine consecutive times. Despite the wide variety of exotic products, the stall is rumoured to have the best dates on offer.
The UAE pavilion is one of the 36 pavilions that represent a dynamic variety of cultures in the fair. This season there are 70 countries including Morocco, Afghanistan, Turkey, and many others participating in the event. There is a new Americas pavilion that opened this year with countries like Brazil and Argentina.
Besides experiencing traditional foods, and shopping on exotic objects, there are cultural shows on the World Culture Stage with colourful performances and singers. And if you’re in for a thrill ride or a game — Fantasy Land provides that too with 50 fun rides.
This year’s new attractions involve an animal park and the “Illumination World” lantern city. So for a bright experience full of cultures, cuisine and excitement, you have until April 11, 2015, to visit Global Village. The timings are from 4pm till midnight from Saturday till Wednesday and 4pm to 1am on the weekends. The entry ticket price is Dh15, while kids under 3, persons with special needs and elderly people get free admission.