Global Village Dubai is back with a new haunted house, hot air balloon ride and more

Global Village is back. One of Dubai’s most popular and oldest family attractions reopened for a new season on Tuesday with a range of new attractions and pavilions.

It’s set to stay open until April 29, and the team says they’ve been working all summer to improve existing rides and dream up new experiences.

“It takes thousands of hours of work to ensure that all of our rides and attractions are up to the standard that our millions of guests expect of us,” said Mark Tucker, Director of Orb Entertainment. “From security to customer experience, everything is ready.”

What’s new at the Global Village in 2022?

New attractions this year include the House of Scares, just in time for Halloween. Spread over 660 square meters, it offers nine different experiences, including a haunted graveyard, a hospital psychiatric ward and a howling tree, while a cast of actors plus the latest animatronic technology spooks. The team behind Global Village claim that House of Fears is the scariest haunted house ever built in the area.

Also new this year is the Global Village Big Balloon, which will allow guests to experience a 360-degree view of the attraction and its surroundings. Suspended as high as a six-story building, the helium balloon can accommodate up to 20 people at a time and is suitable for all ages and determined individuals.

Another new concept, Road of Asia, a pedestrian street of 43 kiosks which offers food and products from countries not represented in the pavilions. The 13 destinations featured along the street include Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan and the Philippines.

Also new is Diggers Lab, where kids big and small can don a construction hat and engage in “edutainment” activities. The Hydraulic Excavator Experience, located at the entrance to the fairground, will allow little builders to take the controls by operating excavators, dumpers and other construction machinery.

Also new this year is Heroes Gallery, inspired by superheroes and showcasing unique movie memorabilia in a rotating exhibit. More details will be announced soon.

Qatar and Oman join existing pavilions

One of the main attractions of Global Village, the national and regional pavilions offer guests the opportunity to experience different cultures through food and shopping. This season there will be 27 pavilions with Qatar and Oman joining the existing ones, which include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Africa, the Americas, China, Egypt, Europe, India, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Yemen and Russia.

Two pavilions, Al Sana’a and Khalifa Foundation, will also return with Emirati entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses.

More than 50 new restaurant concepts

Food is another highlight of Global Village, giving visitors a taste of culinary gems from different countries. More than 50 restaurant concepts have been added to the existing concepts this year, including the Railway Market launched last year, inspired by Thailand’s famous Umbrella Market.

Believe it or not from Ripley! Odditorium expands

The weird and wonderful attraction featuring oddities has added more than 50 new exhibits, including a 14-foot-long killer crocodile, a model containing more than a million matches and even a display inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The popular Torture Chamber Gallery now includes a new photo opportunity added to exhibits from past prison sentences.

Believe it or not from Ripley! Odditorium is the first of its kind in the region and will have over 200 screens for Season 27.

Carnival adds more rides and games

The funfair offering rides for thrill seekers has been dismantled and rebuilt to ensure ultimate safety, Global Village said. The park was awarded five stars and the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honor earlier this year.

Visitors can choose from over 170 rides and games, with new features added this year including a ‘fast track’ queue so customers can go straight to the front of the line.

Guests will also be able to wear wrist cameras that will record their entire hair-raising experience, which they can share on social media.

How much do Global Village tickets cost?

As always, tickets purchased online are cheaper than those purchased on site. For Sunday to Thursday entry, tickets are Dh18 online and Dh20 at the door. For all other days, it’s 22.5 Dh online and 25 Dh at the door.

Admission is free for children under 3 and seniors 65 and over, as well as determined people.

Tuesdays are reserved for women and families only, except on public holidays.

What are the opening hours of Global Village?

Global Village is open 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

More information is available at globalvillage.ae

Updated: October 26, 2022, 04:22