A sure sign that winter has arrived is the announcement that Dubai's Global Village is back. Set to begin its 23rd season on October 30, the multi-cultural festival park has become something of a Dubai institution. If you haven't been before, it's a huge fairground hosting pavilions dedicated to 78 different countries, where vendors sell goods from all around the globe. There are games, rides, performances, shows and an array of food options, set in a carnival atmosphere.
There's a host of new additions to this year's line-up, including:
The Wheel of the World, a 58-metre high ferris wheel that gives riders a view of Global Village and the surrounding Dubai Land area. This year, it has been redesigned to feature a 50-metre screen showing live scenes of Dubai.
A floating market selling international food.
A circus experience complete with a ringmaster and featuring high wire acts, clowns and a wheel of death.
A carnival ground that has been expanded to include over 30 rides, skill and arcade games.
An expanded Emirati pavilion, 'Live our Heritage', that will host festivals featuring the best of Emirati culture and craftsmanship.
Global Village will run until April 6, Saturday to Wednesday, from 4pm until 12 midnight, and Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays, from 4pm until 1am. Mondays are women and families only.
Entry is Dh15 with free entry for children under three, seniors (over 65) and the disabled.