Global Village to extend current season after social media support

The cultural extravaganza will stay open until April 13 after 150,000 people backed plans for it to extend its 23rd season


Visitors  by the dancing fountain at Global Village.

(Photo by Reem Mohammed/The National)

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Global Village is sticking around for a little longer this year - due to public demand.

Dubai's popular cultural attraction will stay open for an extra week, until April 13, after an online plea from tens of thousands of people.

The visitor spot launched its 23rd season in October and has again proved a hit with its melting pot of food, entertainment and shopping options and its array of pavilions paying homage to dozens of  countries.

Global Village asked its guests through polls across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if they would like the season to be extended and within two days, more than 150,000 followers responded positively towards the idea.

All 27 pavilions will be operational during the extension, in addition to more than 160 outlets and Global Village’s Carnaval funfair experience.

“Our decision to extend the season comes as a result to the numourous demands we are receiving through the various communication channels with our guests and stakeholders, indicating the ever huge success this season is recording,” said Bader Anwahi, CEO of Global Village.

Other upcoming attractions in season 23 include the International Day of Happiness on March 20, Mothers’ Day on March 21 and the Festival of Colours on March 22.

The park will continue to open from 4pm to midnight from Saturday to Wednesday and until 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays.