We also visited the world market Global Village, part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. This is a huge shopping/theme park about an hour outside Dubai that can best be compared to the Epcot Center, but with much more of an emphasis on shopping. Each section of the park is divided by country, with a large shopping section with products perhaps that originated in that country. In addition, there were many stages with performances, and a small amusement park with rides. The shopping was a little hit and miss, with some stalls featuring the same as-seen-on-TV knife sets over and over.
The biggest drawback to visiting the shopping festival was the cost of transportation – about $20 each way for the taxi.