Prepare to be wowed and taken on a journey of the world’s weirdest and wackiest oddities as Global Village, the world’s leading multicultural festival park and the region’s first family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, celebrates the opening of the region’s first-ever Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium on Sunday, 8th December.
Delivering a world of different, the alluring Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium is an exciting and brand new addition to Global Village in Season 24. The showcase’s arrival also builds on the festival park’s renown for bringing the world’s most exciting and entertaining attractions to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The famed Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® museum attraction is an entertaining and educational experience that is perfect for guests of all ages. At Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Global Village guests will discover astonishing oddities, such as the world’s only fully wooden-built Ferrari that you can drive on water, the smallest assembly-line manufactured road-legal car ever made, a behemoth Megalodon shark jaw, and a large iron Gibeon meteorite from thousands of years ago, among other unbelievable artefacts and showcases.
Bader Anwahi, Global Village, said: “World-class entertainment, culture, and activities are synonymous with the Global Village experience, and we are always looking to amplify the wow factor that our guests have come to know and love. This vision has come to life with the grand opening of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium in Season 24 of Global Village.
“By boosting Dubai’s reputation as the cultural and entertainment heart of the Middle East, we believe that the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® attraction will create a lasting impression on the city’s landscape for decades to come. It is an honour to be adding to the renown of our globally recognised festival park experience whilst also facilitating the visions of the UAE leadership. As the nation continues its journey as an established destination for out-of-this-world attractions and experiences, we welcome guests from all corners of the UAE and the world to enjoy Global Village’s ever-evolving thrills and wow factor.”
Jim Pattison Jr., Ripley Entertainment, said: “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditoriums have thrilled visitors the world over for 100 years. Dubai offers a plethora of world-class entertainment, which is why we believe Global Village and the city of Dubai to be the ideal location for Ripley Entertainment’s first attraction in the MENA region. We are certain people of the UAE will love the unique, bizarre and one-of-a-kind exhibits we have in store for them. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® at Global Village will raise the bar for entertainment in both the UAE and the region.”
During the event Bader Anwahi and Jim Pattison Jr. unveiled the latest addition to the Ripley’s museum attraction. Guests will now be able to see the first ever Khandora in space, worn by the UAE astronaut, Hazzaa Almansoori, as well as his space patches and food. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, Global Village will be displaying this extraordinary exhibit, in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, for the remainder of the season.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® has six unique galleries, showcasing a diverse collection of rare exhibits and hands-on interactive experiences.
The museum’s gallery journey begins with "Robert Ripley & The World's Cultures" gallery, which displays an array of personal artefacts collected from all over the world by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Founder, Robert Ripley. Guests will be able to experience the "Amazing Humans" gallery, which displays replicas of the world's most incredible human beings, followed by "A Walk Through sThe Ripley Warehouse" which displays strange and unusual oddities. The "Middle America Meets The Middle East" gallery displays major collections from Robert Ripley’s visits to the Middle East, while the "Interactive and Fun" gallery offers guests an extensive collection of games and brain teasers for kids and adults alike. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Journey concludes with “Space and Astronomy” which displays attractions and unique collections from outer space including the new exhibit from the UAE’s very own expedition.
When visiting the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® attraction, Global Village guests will have the opportunity to discover over 150 rare artefacts, unbelievable exhibits, wax figures of strange, unusual and historical people, interactive games, and a Vortex Tunnel so mind-bending you have to experience it to believe it!
Additionally, Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze boasts over 100 mirrors, LED lighting, and digital sound. Guests have to focus all five senses to find their way out of a dazzling labyrinth of mirrored reflections and surprising corners.
Finally, visitors won’t want to miss the chance to bring home a souvenir of their visit from the Ripley’s retail shop filled with curious gifts.
Global Village guests can experience the thrilling journey that is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium for just AED 40. Entry to the Amazing Mirror Maze is AED 25, or for the best of both worlds, a Combo Ticket can purchased for AED 50.