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The Best of Season 26

Here is a glimpse of the wonders of Global Village’s Season 26! Check out our highlights.

DINING: Wonder You Can Taste

Season 26 was a food haven with unique flavours from every corner of the globe with 200+ restaurants, cafes, and street food stalls. It had a dose of extra sweetness with the launch of a brand new dessert destination - Railway Market. Inspired by the famous Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok, Thailand, this specialty dining concept promised a sweet experience and was a paradise for the sweet tooth.

View the gallery... a feast for the eyes!

ENTERTAINMENT: Lively & Vibrant Shows!

Season 26 had a line-up of over 40,000 spectacular shows and special events for the whole family! From shows with all-time favourite characters, traditional cultural performances, street entertainment, dazzling main stage performances, and an awe-inspiring stunt show - there was something for everyone!
Guests were captivated by our jam-packed calendar of special events and festivities throughout the season.

View the gallery for a glimpse of all the extravaganza!

STUNT SHOW: Nail-biting thrills

This year the stunt show featured a 75ft high dive tower, within which global and daring stuntmen performed blasting jet-ski fire-jumps
and gravity-defying double fly-board action stunts! Here visitors got everything they could ever require from an action scene: speed, intensity, noise, competitiveness, steep surfaces and things blowing up!

View the gallery to catch on the action!"

CARNAVAL: All the Fun of the Fair!

With over 170 rides, games, and attractions to explore and enjoy, all visits to the Carnaval were filled with fun and wonder. It was home to some pretty epic rides and not just for the tiny tots. Although there were super fun rides for the little ones, too, the others went on a spin with gravity-defying, stomach-churning, high-intensity, spinny rides.

With a 125+ arcade and skill games, guests enjoyed everything from new-age virtual games to classics like shooting hoops and throwing darts. Tokens from the arcade games were used to swap for prizes and skill-based games played for a chance to win the famous banana plushie!

View the gallery for some funfair.


With more than 100 new additions and six unique galleries featuring over 220 exhibits, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® museum was more mystifying and delightful than ever.
Historical artifacts from around the world, engaging interactives, awe-inspiring art, and incredible tales untold of people and places from all corners of the globe, created an experience our guests won’t forget anytime soon.
Not just that! An all-new 4D state-of-the-art theatre left guests hanging at the edge of their seats! Leaving their senses running wild as they experienced every bump, drop, and turn at the all-new Ripley's Believe It Or Not!® Moving Theatre 4D.

View the gallery to witness all things odd.

PAVILIONS - Celebrating the wonders of the world

At Global Village, we believe that the world's diversity and creativity are a limitless source of wonder. So every season we create exciting experiences through shopping, culinary, and entertainment from around the world for our guests to discover.

With stalls to boutiques from 26 country pavilions, guests experienced the best shopping adventure at Global Village. A unique combination of browsing, handpicking, and haggling had them spoilt for choice between items like antiques, handicrafts, furniture, silk dresses, jewellery, artworks, skincare products, and much more.

BIG DAY OUT: The ARN magic

Five ARN stations - Virgin Radio, Al Arabiya, Al Khaleejiya, Hit FM, and City1016, brought in their magic with a broadcast live from Global Village. Guests who joined the Big Day Out met the faces behind their favourite voices amidst fun, smiles, and surprises for the whole family. Catch up on all the action here!.


Season 26 celebrated huge international musical talent by inviting global stars and creating exciting experiences through live concerts from around the world.
View the gallery of live concerts and international performances.

MAJLIS OF THE WORLD: Eid & Ramadan Special

Friends and family gathered from Iftar to Suhour in the beautiful air-conditioned, outdoor Majlis.
Visitors created fond memories while enjoying board games, the pleasant beats of the oud drums, and basked in the tradition of live performances, all taking place in the Majlis. Blending with it all came the aroma from the sprawling Iftar and Suhour to taste flavours from around the world.


In partnership with The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA), professionals and amateurs alike submitted incredible images that captured the spirit of UAE within Global Village. The winner won a grand cash prize of AED 50,000 and a limited edition Gold trophy, while the first and the second runner-up won a cash prize of AED 26,000 each.
From the 'Love at the Heart of Wonder Competition' - an ultimate TikTok dance challenge dedicated to the season of love, to the Eid special Raffle Draw where all guests had to do was buy entry tickets or book a table at Majlis of the World to win a Ford Bronco. There were plenty of opportunities to win!

EVENTS: So Much to Celebrate!

From celebrating the UAE's Golden Jubliee this National Day to ringing in the New Year eight times and the all-time favourite Kids Fest, there was never a dull moment at Global Village this season.

View the gallery and refresh your memory or catch up on what you've missed.