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Dubai Global Village recognised among the top four most visited entertainment destinations in the world

Dubai Global Village recognised among the top four most visited entertainment destinations in the world
January 30, 2020

Dubai Global Village, the Arabian Gulf’s first family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment, is among the world’s top entertainment destinations for average daily visitation.

With the current edition running from 29th October 2019 to Saturday 4th April 2020, figures from the most recent Global Attractions Attendance Report from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM, released by the Dubai Media Office show that northern hemisphere winter attraction draws an average footfall of over 42,000 guests per day.

This puts Global Village among the top five attractions in the world for average daily footfall – behind 57,000 for Disney’s Magic Kingdom Orlando, 51,000 for Disneyland Anaheim, 49,000 for Tokyo Disneyland and 40,000 for Tokyo DisneySea. With an average footfall of over 42,000 guests per day.

The significant accomplishment reflects Global Village’s constant efforts to offer best-in-class family entertainment and guest experience in alignment with the strategic directives of the United Arab Emirate’s leadership and the Dubai Tourism Strategy. This also highlights Global Village’s appeal as a world-class attraction that is putting the country on the map as a leading tourism destination, both regionally and globally.

Commenting on the success of Global Village, which was inaugurated in 1997, Global Village Chief Executive, Bader Anwahi stated “Dubai’s prestige and proud legacy as a go-to destination for extraordinary experiences is ever-expanding, which is why Global Village is proud to be a major component of the emirate’s transformation into a globally renowned tourism icon.

“Our contribution and commitment to the Dubai Tourism Strategy and the economic vision is evident in the sheer volume of guests that have experienced the unforgettable world we present at Global Village. As we celebrate welcoming over 90 million guests since the inception of Global Village in 1997, this motivates us to continually enhance and transform our facilities, operations, and activities to attract millions more.”

The dedication to delivering quality experiences led to 3.5 million visitors at this year’s Global Village recording a 9.1/10 score on the event’s Guests Happiness Index so far in Season 24.

In addition to raising the bar for footfall and guest experiences with new activities and features, Global Village has crossed the milestone of 90 million guests since first opening its doors in 1997.

In just the first two months of Season 24, Global Village welcomed over 3.5 million guests. Furthermore, on the 48th UAE National Day, Global Village attracted a record-breaking 140,000 guests in one day.

Additionally, Global Village drew nearly one quarter (24%) of all tourists who visited Dubai in 2019 -according to the latest data from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). This reiterates the position of Global Village as the UAE’s most preferred entertainment destination for a memorable and fun-filled family day out.

Season 1 of Global Village, which ran from 27th March to 26th April 1997 planted the seeds for future success, operating for 31 days on a 50,000 square-metre site at Dubai Creek side.

Looking forward to the next Global Village, Anwahi added “Season 25, our silver jubilee, is the perfect time for a fresh start and we will once again be raising the bar to ensure that we continue to deserve our place amongst the world’s leading entertainment destinations.”

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Image: With an average daily 42,000 guests, the festival park now competes with Disneyland.

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