In past years at the Global Village, the Turkey pavilion has been nothing special. However, this year all I can say is Wow.
The Global Village is a shopping and cultural event located outside Dubai running during the winter months. To find out more, see my post Dubai’s Global Village ~ Where the World Comes Together.
So, this year I spent a lot of time (and money) in the Turkey pavilion. Perhaps because I was in Istanbul a few months ago, many of the traditional items called out to me. It was like I was in the Grand Bazaar all over again. (Well, sort of…)
The first thing one encounters at the Turkey pavilion is this Turkish man at the entrance selling a cherry drink. I had it and it was good.
Here’s a sample of what you can find in the Turkey pavilion. For starters: Turkish teapots and samovars:
Classic Turkish lanterns:
Colorful Turkish pottery:
For me, the main event of the Turkey pavilion was the jewelry. I spent a lot of time in this booth in the back of the pavilion. The jeweler’s name is Enes and he runs a jewelry business in Istanbul. He makes many of the pieces he sells, and he has a work station set up in his booth.
I bought two pendant necklaces here—including one Hand of Fatima (hamsa) necklace. They were actually cheaper than what I saw in Istanbul.
This type of Turkish jewelry is colorful and contemporary.
Here is another nice-looking jewelry shop called “Stonebul”. By the time I reached him, I was out of money.
Of course, there’s lots of food in this pavilion. This potato chip vendor asked me to take his photo. He was very proud of his swirly chips.
Near the front entrance is a Turkish pastry shop. Again, wow. I think this was the best baklava I have ever had. It was so moist it was practically dripping. And there was no weird ghee-taste, which is often found in Arabic baklava.
Naturally, you can find Turkish delight here. Grab a box on your way out.
What’s your favorite thing to buy at the Global Village?