Global Village to reopen in October 2021: destination announces dates for 26th season

The event, which is looking to bring new food concepts to its site, will return on October 26

Global Village does the World record attempt of the highest fireworks. 20 skydivers landing in Global Village with fireworks on May 2nd, 2021. Chris Whiteoak / The National. 
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It might seem like only yesterday that Global Village closed its gates for another season, but plans are already in place for its reopening.

The family-friendly event, which wrapped up events in May, will begin its 26th season on October 26, and will continue to operate for 167 days, until April 10, 2022.

The popular festival, which usually runs in Dubai throughout the cooler months, features pavilions from countries around the world.

Scroll through the gallery below to see more from the 25th season of Global Village:

Plans are already under way to bring new food concepts to the entertainment destination ahead of its next season.

Organisers are currently hunting for fresh ideas, with entrepreneurs and interested parties encouraged to register as the “final touches are made to the season 26 master plan”, the Global Village organisers said.

Those interested in setting up kiosks and food carts have until Sunday, August 1, to submit their bids before proposals close.

Global Village is famous for its street food offerings. During its previous seasons, kiosks offered several popular food items from around the world.

Kiosks are also popular for food entrepreneurs in the region because of their low rent, free amenities, and the lack of requirement of a trade licence. It’s the reason Global Village is the destination of choice for many brands that are just starting out or expanding to the region. Last season, for example, South Korean brand Samyang Foods launch a noodle bar at Global Village’s Korean pavilion. It has no other outlet in the UAE.

“Last year, we created Fiesta Street which proved to be a great success for the kiosks that were positioned in that area. This season, we have planned major enhancements to the street that runs between the Main Stage and Carnival with a beautiful new fountain feature, seating area and a photo opportunity for great family memories,” said Bader Anwahi, chief executive of Global Village.

“We are committed to serving as a launchpad for both local and international businesses. Our ongoing investment in improved guest experience directly impacts revenues for our partners and is key to their continued success.”

Last season, Global Village celebrated its silver jubilee by breaking 25 Guinness World Records.

Some of the records broken included: the longest line of mandi and largest display of mandi (after which it donated 4,880 mandi meals to charity); largest mosaic that read "100,000,000 meals" and used 2,500 lanterns; most number of nationalities on a theme park ride; largest pin badge to celebrate International Happiness Day; and the world's largest ticket.

It celebrated its silver jubilee season finale by teaming up with Skydive Dubai to break the Guinness World Records title for “highest altitude fireworks display” with 20 skydivers jumping from an altitude of more than 4,570 metres lighting the skies with 78 fireworks – a representation of the 78 cultures that were present during its 25th season.

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Updated: July 13, 2021, 9:12 AM