Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dubai Global Village: Your Window to the World

       All of us badly wants to travel the whole world. But for some reasons, we weren't able to do so just yet. There is this saying that "If traveling was free, you'd never see me again". Sounds funny isn't it? Does this means leaving all your loved ones for the sake of seeing the beauty of the world? For me, this means that there's so much wonderful things to see in this world that even a lifetime would not be enough. At the age of 24, I had been to two countries only: my home country (of course) the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates where I used to work. How unfortunate!


       I have always dreamed of rediscovering the world but I have to put it aside first because I have my priorities. And then I discovered this place called Dubai Global Village. True to its name, this place has replicas of some of the world famous landmarks and booths called pavilions of several countries offering goods and items unique to that country.

       It's January 1, 2017 when I went here to start my new year with a blast! So here are the photos folks.
Main facade of the Global Village
       As soon as you enter the village, your eyes will be treated with the replicas of some of the world's renowned landmarks: Big Ben, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Opera House, Taj Mahal and Burj Khalifa among others. Below are some that really caught my eyes.
Big Ben, UK
       Probably the most famous clock tower in the world!

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
       This free standing bell tower in Pisa, Italy is famous for its unintended tilt. What could have been an architectural failure turned out to be the very reason why this tower had become Pisa's most famous landmark. 

Eiffel Tower, France
       Designed by Gustave Eiffel, it was constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair and now an iconic symbol of Paris, France.

Opera House, Australia
       Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings.

Taj Mahal, India
       Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. How sweet and romantic was that?!

Pavilions

       After you pass by all these landmarks, you'll then find so many pavilions representing some selected countries. It is usually a large gate or entrance designed in accordance to culture of every country. Inside it are bazaars where you can finds goods and items unique to that country. There were times that a mini show or concert is also being held inside the pavilion.

       There are also some rides in the village for if you're seeking for some thrill. Restaurants are also all over the place. Below are some of the pavilions that really are aesthetically amazing.

   Twenty-eight, twenty-nine, TURKEY!



The castles of Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.
Looks like a scene from The Mummy Returns!


Namaste! Perhaps the grandest pavilion in the whole village.

This time for Africa!

London Tower bridge of the UK

Buona sera Italia!
Bon jour!



The home country, UAE!


Good, old America

Location
      The village is located in Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road (E 311); Exit 37, Dubailand, Dubai.

Admission Fees
       Global Village general admission tickets are available for sale at all Global Village gates starting 3:30pm every day until half an hour prior to park closure.
Price of General Admission Ticket: AED 15.

Family Pack
       Make the most of the pleasant weather with Global Village Family Pack that includes:
4 Entry Tickets
1 Valet Parking Ticket
1 Fantasy Island Card (worth AED 75)
2 Mini Train Tickets

Timings (1st of November 2016 until 8th of April 2017)
SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY:
4PM TO 12AM (Entry Gates Closed at 11:30pm)

THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
4PM To 1AM (Entry Gates Closed at 12:30am)

MONDAY IS A FAMILY DAY
(Except Public Holidays)

How to get there?
       The RTA has set up 2 bus routes to allow the public affordable and easy-to-use methods of getting to Global Village to join in on the fun. The first route (103) starts from Union Station, while the second route (104) starts from Al Ghubaiba Station. The service runs from 3:15pm until 11:15pm, with 30 minutes of travel time. For more information on RTA buses routes and timings, please contact RTA on 8009090. Fare is 10AED.


       So basically I've been to the whole world in just few hours. It inspired me to see the real ones! -Jon-

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