Guide to the Global Village ~ Iraq Pavilion!

January 4th, 2012

The Iraq Pavilion at the Global Village is small and unassuming. I imagine many people walk by without a thought. However, there are some treasures inside and it’s worth a look even if you aren’t buying.

In case you don’t know, the Global Village is a Worlds’ Fair-like event located outside Dubai and runs November through February. To find out more, see my post Dubai’s Global Village ~ Where the World Comes Together.

The main attraction in the Iraq pavilion is the art. This is the real deal: original oil paintings and other art forms straight from Baghdad. Some of the art is sold directly from the artist. Here are a few of the shops.


The original paintings sell for about 400 dirhams to 5,000 dirhams and more.  I like this painting below (unfortunately out of my budget).

 You can have your portrait drawn if you like.

This vendor below is the artist who creates nearly everything sold in his shop. He works throughout the year and brings his pieces to the GV to sell in the winter.

But wait! There’s more. You can buy carpets in the Iraq Pavilion. (I think these are Afghani though.)

And music! This guy is selling the latest Iraqi and Arabic pop music. How can you resist? I love this photo. It reminds me that you think you know what you are going to see, but actually you don’t …

On your way out the door, you can pick up some Iraqi baked goods. Yum.

You can also read my posts  The Yemen Pavilion and The Turkey Pavilion.

Have you been to the Iraq pavilion? What is your favorite pavilion?

  1. Deborah Mustafa
    January 4th, 2012 at 18:03 | #1

    Ok Holly, I am now sold!

    I must go to the Iraq pavilion for some art. I have noticed around Dubai the Iraqis are well trained and gifted artists, and I am a big fan of their work!
    Hope we can go together sometime 😉

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      January 5th, 2012 at 17:51 | #2

      Would love to go to the GV with you, Debrorah. We’ve got two more months. Let’s choose a day…

  2. Rima Aburashed
    January 4th, 2012 at 23:18 | #3

    Love it Holly! That was a great evening. I love how you captured my intense look:) Great pictures and I love our music guy;)

  3. Holly S. Warah
    Holly S. Warah
    January 5th, 2012 at 17:52 | #4

    @Rima Aburashed Thank you, Rima. Would love to go back with you anytime!

  4. Gaby
    June 21st, 2013 at 16:09 | #5

    Hi Holly………… I so miss living in the UAE. (especially going to Global village) I have a few paintings which I bought from the Iraqi artists. Do you perhaps know of any small / less expensive galleries selling their artwork?

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      July 10th, 2013 at 19:09 | #6

      HI Gaby, great to hear from you. I love the global village, too. You are not the first person to ask me about Iraqi art. Unfortunately, I don’t know about any affordable sources to buy Iraqi art. I asked last year at the Iraqi pavilion & no one could tell me anything. 🙁

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