Global village has opened to the Public on Sunday, 25th October 2020.
The sprawling outdoor attraction is among the most visited worldwide, with 42,000 guests per day on average.
The Silver Jubilee (Season 25), which runs till April 18, 2021, is among the most visited worldwide, with 42,000 guests per day on average. There are numerous pavilions which includes newcomers Russia, Cambodia and Vietnam joining. Also, more than 100 new additions have been included this season in the ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ collection of artefacts and exhibits from the natural, scientific, artistic and human oddities. New to the human oddities gallery is the Willard Wigan Display, which showcases some of the smallest handmade artworks and masterpieces in history. The Magical Studio gallery is now home to horror-themed old-age prison cell exhibits. The Marvellous Mirror Maze has also been upgraded for newfound levels of illusion.
Moreover, one of the latest attractions in Carnaval is the thrill ride ‘Manila Mayhem’ that hovers seven meters above ground with a 360-degree rotation at 20 revolutions per minute. The Global Village mainstay is now home to more than 30 kids, family and thrill rides, as well as dozens of skill games and no fewer than 100 arcade games.
Meanwhile the kids’ theatre is welcoming new character shows including Peter Rabbit, Octonauts, Care Bears and ‘Don’t Do the Dodo’ based on the popular children’s book ‘The Curious Tale of the Dodo’.
In the street entertainment line-up, the new additions include Living Lamp-Posts, Retro Rocket, Global Village Knights and The Rolling Tones, joining long-time favourites Man in a Bin, Super Helpful Heroes, Gorilla in a Cage and Ollie the Ostrich.
New stunt show
A brand new stunt show, Mission Speed, completes the entertainment line-up with Ace detectives Abby Marshall and Frank Adams from the North Rapids Police Department setting up a sting operation to foil a gang of ruthless cyber criminals — but it doesn’t go exactly to plan. It features high-speed police car chases, firefights, precision driving, back-flipping bikes, explosions and high falls.
This year’s opening concern, on Friday, will be ‘Rockin’1000’, dubbed “the biggest rock band on earth”, headline “the largest virtual rock show in history”. In partnership with Arabian Radio Network (ARN), Emirates and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the event will be streamed on the Global Village Main Stage as 2,500 singers and musicians from more than 80 countries perform for the whole world. The event will also be live streamed on Global Village’s YouTube channel. This year, the main stage provides seating for guests to enjoy the line-up of traditional and contemporary anchor shows.
Global Village has also introduced a brand new app and mobile website for online ticket purchases and improved in-park guest experience. In addition, for guests who prefer contactless payment options, Global Village has introduced GVPay by Noqodi which will enable diners and shoppers to pay with their smart phones at all outlets.
Food from all corners
In total, there are 19 restaurants and four cafés to choose from this season, with the newest additions to the Global Village restaurant scene including Georgian, Syrian, American and South African cuisines. Street food fans can choose from more than 170 kiosks and trolleys for culturally diverse offerings.
More comfort and safety measures than ever before are also in place as the park operates under “new normal” standards. As expected, social distancing will be in effect across the park, and seating has been introduced in front of the Main Stage to ensure requisite guidelines can be easily respected.
All guests and staff will be wearing face coverings and Global Village has designed complimentary face masks for kids to make sure their mask is part of the fun. Thermal screening will be in operation at all entry points and more than 600 hand sanitiser stations have been installed across the entire Park.
From Carnaval fun to rickshaw trips, disinfection procedures will be in place after every ride. Restaurants will be required to follow physical distancing guidelines and disinfect tables and chairs after every use. The cleaning schedule frequency has also been significantly increased and full disinfection of all facilities will take place after the daily closure of the park. Global Village has partnered with ShieldMe, a leading sanitisation product provider to ensure maximum protection for their staff and guests.
Anyone experiencing symptoms such as coughing or fever should avoid visiting the park. Elderly guests and those with chronic conditions, meanwhile, are advised to avoid crowed areas. Also, wheelchairs, shopping trolleys and other shared items will be sanitised after every use.
This year, prayer rooms will be open only during prayer hours and will be sanitised after every prayer time. Also, valet parking services will not be available. Paid parking will be provided in front of the Gate of the World.