The Irish Village – Traditional Decor and Irish Charm

They say that each and every city in the world has an Irish pub and Dubai takes it up a notch, by having created a whole village, rather than just a pub.

The roots of the Irish Village go back to 1994 when the Dubai Tennis Championships were being held.

The event was held at a makeshift stadium, but in the following year, a sports and entertainment village plan was announced, paving the way for the Irish Village. With Dubai being Dubai, no stone was left unturned in making the project as authentic as it could be.

Irish craftsmen shaped and carved all the wood fittings for the village in their own country and it was then all shipped over to Dubai to be assembled. Not only did they do that, but the owners also flew Irish craftsmen in to assemble it and teach the locals how to service it and maintain it.

In 1996, the village, complete with a pub, bric-a-brac shop with genuine Irish paving stones, finally opened its doors to the public and has been a central attraction ever since. It is open all through the day and well into the night and can be found on 31A Street, Al Gharoud.

All members of staff are Irish, to add to the authentic experience. The venue can host up to 3,500 people and has hosted famous Irish and international performers, musicians, and bands such as Bob Geldof, The Human League, The Wailers, The Pretenders and many others.

In 2007, it celebrated its 10th birthday and a large bronze sculpture representing traditional Irish musicians was unveiled. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was even present to enjoy the celebrations! The Irish Village is a great enterntainment spot right in the heart of Dubai and its authentic charm will win anyone over, locals or tourists alike.

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