Epcot Centre at DisneyWorld bills itself as a "permanent World's Fair". International pavilions for countries like France, Japan, Canada and Norway, amongst others, showcase their history and culture through entertainment, amusement rides, cuisine, art and local wares available for purchase to those who may never get the opportunity to travel the world. Ever since I was a wee kid, its been my favourite place in the Magic Kingdom. How could I resist a visit to the U.A.E.'s version?
Dubai's Global Market is similar to Epcot but with a distinct focus on the Middle East. There were areas dedicated to Europe and the Americas, but these were small (and lacking traffic). The most popular were focused on the immediate region with Turkey seeming to be the most popular. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into Syria, Iraq, Iran and Palestine without any biased narrative.
This was another of my favourite days spent in Dubai. Highly recommended (but only open during certain times of the year). One day was not enough to see it all, especially if reliant on public transportation and the hours it runs.