Did you know that in Dubai’s Global Village, there’s a fun fair offering exciting attractions, including “extreme” rides? That’s right! There’s an area or zone there called the Carnaval! We visited this carnival theme park area and was surprised that they have so many scary and thrilling rides.
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Aside from featuring 25 pavilions that represent 75 countries, the Global Village includes a Carnaval featuring rides, activities, and “experiences” for the whole family. This post takes a closer look at the area’s Thrill Rides, which are definitely not for the faint of heart!
Check out the video below to get an idea of the extreme and scary rides during our visit at the Global Village:
Scary Rides at Global Village – Face Your Fears at the Carnaval’s Extreme Rides
What’s great about the rides in Global Village is that you don’t have to pay a ‘daily theme park fee’ as the rides are paid on a ‘per ride’ basis. Meaning, you don’t have to spend a huge entrance ticket amount and try all the rides in the carnival. If you just want to try one ride, you can just pay for that specific ride. This saves a lot of costs especially for families.
Some of the top extreme rides are surely not for the faint of heart. So if you (and your friends/family) are up for it, you will have an adventurous time during your visit. A giant slingshot, a drop tower, a roller coaster… here’s what you can expect from the Carnaval’s most extreme and thrilling rides:
1. Athens Slingshot
Remember those slingshot games you played when you were a kid, to see which one could throw a stone the farthest? In the Athens Slinghot — you are the “stone” — and the idea is to be catapulted into the sky at intense speeds! You have to be at least 1.4 metres high to take this ride, which can accommodate up to two guests at a time.
2. Fly France
If you are at least 1.25 metres high and fall within a maximum chest restriction of 129.5 centimetres, then you can take this ride. Bring out the pilot in you as Fly France literally gives you “wings!”
3. Global Burj
Are you ready for the tallest drop tower ride in the region? With a height of 85 metres, the Global Burj offers the ultimate adrenaline rush… a free fall experience for all thrill seekers! The ride can seat up to 24 guests at a time, but you have to be at least 1.4 metres high and fall within a maximum chest restriction of 129.5 centimetres.
Imagine reaching a height of 63 metres while taking 360 degree turns until you reach the top? This is what the Honolo-loop, a signature classic ride, has to offer! It can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, though they have to be at least 1.4 metres in height.
5. Jamaica Drum
If you are at least 1.3 metres high and you don’t mind falling, spinning, and going upside down — all in one ride — then head to Jamaica Drum, which can seat up to 24 guests at a time!
6. London Loop
As the name suggests, this is a roller coaster ride for guests of all ages (and at least 1.25 metres high). The London Loop can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time.
7. Moscow Max
The Moscow Max is a pendulum-style ride that basically swings from side to side and your seat also rotates and revolves! Sounds easy, right? But when you’re up there swinging almost vertically and hanging on to your seat, don’t forget to scream your heart out!
Here’s a full video of the Moscow Max air ride:
8. Shang High
Reaching 85 metres high, Shang High is one of the tallest rides in the region. If you are at least 1.2 metres in height, consider taking this ride, which can seat up to 32 guests at a time.
For more information about the Carnaval, including its extreme rides, you can visit https://carnaval.ae/ or call +971 4 362 4114. Take note that this season of Global Village runs from 29th October 2019 to 4th April 2020.
Aside from all of these these extreme and thrilling rides, the Carnaval also features other attractions that the whole family can enjoy, including the following:
1. Arabian Horse
Arabian Horse is a double-decker carousel that kids as well as adults will love! It can accommodate up to 58 guests at a time, and is designed for persons at least 1.1 metres in height.
2. New York Jump
With a minimum ride height of 1.1 metres, New York Jump is actually a trampoline park designed for guests of all ages.
3. Miami Surf
If you are at least 1.2 metres high, get ready to enjoy this “splashy” ride, which follows a 240-metre river adventure. Miami Surf can accommodate up to 40 guests at a time.
4. Mumbia Express
This compact roller coaster takes you for an exciting ride throughout the beautiful city of Mumbai. It can accommodate up to 16 guests at a time, and is designed for persons who are at least 1.2 metres in height.
5. Roaming Rome
Able to accommodate up 24 guests at time — provided that they are at least 1.2 metres in height, of course — Roaming Rome is a fun, “flying kite” themed ride.
6. Vroom UAE
Guests who are at 1.25 metres high and above can come and join Vroom UAE, a bumper car ride featuring 20 cars. It can accommodate up to 48 guests at a time.
7. Cuban Dance
As the name suggests, this is a Mexican themed ride designed for the whole family! Cuban Dance can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time, and is designed for persons who are at least 1.3 metres in height.
8. Thai Twist
Able to accommodate up to 12 guests a time, and designed for riders who are at least 1.3 metres in height, the 17-metre Thai Twist is basically a mini version of the more extreme Global Burj ride. Cool!
9. Wheel of the World
This is a 60-metre high wheel that features stunning displays across its gigantic, 50-metre LED screen. Get ready to enjoy spectacular views of the Dubai skyline as you ride atop the Wheel of the World!
In addition, the Carnaval also includes attractions specifically made for your little ones. Some rides are designed for toddlers, while others are created with bigger, older kids in mind. Let’s take a look!
1. Texas Track
Texas Track is a rodeo featuring Formula Cars, Jeeps, Motorbikes, Trucks, and other powerful vehicles — all running uphill (and downhill) across an exciting track! It can accommodate up to 30 guests at a time, and is designed for kids who are at least 0.9 metres tall.
2. Seven Sea Pirate
Able to accommodate up to 16 guests at a time and made for children who are at least 0.95 metres in height, this pirate themed ride is definitely a must-try!
3. Beijing Bungee
If your kids are at least 1 metre tall, they can come and enjoy this attraction, which is actually a cross between trampoline and Bungee jumping — designed for children, of course! Beijing Bungee can accommodate up to 8 guests at a time.
4. Swiss Swing
Able to accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, specifically those who are at least 1 metre tall, the Swiss Swing is actually a mini version of the more extreme Shang High ride. Care to try?
5. Holland Wind Wheel
Children who are at least 1.05 metres in height will have fun riding this Ferris wheel, which features 6 balloon themed cabins with 4 seats each. The Holland Wind Wheel can accommodate up to 24 guests at a time.
6. Bahrain Merhana
Bahrain Merhana is a basic swing ride that both children and parents will enjoy. It can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time, and is designed for persons who are at least 1.1 metres tall.
7. Africa Land
Able to accommodate up to 30 kids at a time, and created for those who are at least 1.2 metres in height, Africa Land is a large, inflatable slide area that kids will surely love!
8. California Highway
If your kids are at least 1.2 metres tall, they should try the California Highway, which features eye-catching, themed ride vehicles. It can accommodate up to 24 guests at a time.
9. Spania Boat
As the name suggests, this Spanish themed boat takes young guests for a swing — higher and higher each time! Spania Boat can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time, and is made for persons who are at least 1.2 metres in height.
10. Amazon Boats
Designed to accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, particularly those who are at least 1.25 metres tall, Amazon Boats are designed for lazing around, as well as for excitement… “bumper boat” style!
11. Mexican Balloons
Children who are at least 1.3 metres in height will enjoy Mexican Balloons, which takes them for a thrilling ride that features bird’s eye views of the park! It can accommodate up to 30 guests at a time.
12. Caribbean Ship
Fancy a ride on a sailing ship? Hop on the Caribbean Ship and set sail! This ride can accommodate up to 24 guests at a time, and is made for persons who are at least 1.4 metres tall.
Skill Games and Experience Zone
But wait, there’s more! The Carnaval also has a wide range of skills games — more than 50, in fact — where guests can get the chance to win amazing prizes. Meanwhile it also features a couple of “experience zones” — Circus Circus and Haunted House.
1. Circus Circus
From funny clown antics to nail-biting, high-wire performances, get ready to be amazed by an action-filled show at the Circus Circus tent, which can accommodate up to 500 guests per show. Wow!
2. Haunted House
Feeling brave and not the least bit afraid? Guests who are 10 years old and above are invited to take a walk through the Haunted House, where spooky surprises await! Keep in mind, though, that this attraction is not for the faint of heart!
Rent a Ride Option
Notably, if you are hosting a party or an event anytime soon, you can actually rent a ride from the Carnaval. That’s right! Simply get in touch with them through their contact info below, and you can arrange for a ride to be set up in your own venue. Have fun!
Contact Information – Carnaval at Dubai Global Village
Address: Dubai Global Village
Telephone Number: +971 4 362 4114
Google Map Location
Below is a location map to guide you in getting to the Carnaval in Global Vilalge.
The Carnaval is such a nice place to visit. Global Village has outdone itself as a proven go-to destination for families as every year, it is flocked by millions of visitors.
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If you’re an experienced thrill seeker, or a novice rider seeking to overcome your fears, you can start by going on the Carnaval’s Extreme Rides! Meanwhile, kids of all ages will definitely enjoy the destination’s Family Rides, Kids Rides, Skill Games, and Experience Zone. To reach the destination via public transport, we recommend that you read about the cheapest way to Global Village.