The Traditional Pakistani Bazaar Comes Alive at Global Village
Added: (Mon Mar 13 2017)
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The Pakistan Pavilion at Global Village captivates guests as soon as one reaches the fa�ade entrance, which has been built to emulate the various historical structures from Lahore of Pakistan. The beautifully created fa�ade and interiors include the Badshahi Masjid, the Shahi Qila � replica of the famous citadel in Lahore, the Minar-e-Pakistan, which literally means the �tower of Pakistan� and the beautiful fountains of Shalimar Bagh of Lahore.
At the entrance itself, one is greeted by a pleasant guide dressed in traditional Pakistani attire representing the Sindh province style of clothing including an Ajrak (block print shawl) and a Saraiki topi (a Sindhi hat). Junaid Ali Siddiqui, the host and guide of the pavilion, welcomes guests with the traditional hospitality associated with the centuries-old region and proudly shows off the relics built at the pavilion as almost-real replicas. He engages with guests as he regales them with stories from the past while explaining the history of the structures.
As one walks through the pavilion, a visitor might hear the high-pitched voices of women bargaining on the price of the authentic Pakistani cotton dress material called lawn at Shop No: 18. Mumtaz Ahmad, the shop-keeper, proudly shares that most of his clientele includes Emirati ladies who love the soft cotton of Pakistan to stitch their kaftans as well as the bejewelled versions, which are used to make the more formal Jalabiyia. �I get all my material from Faisalabad and Lahore to sell at Global Village and they are immensely popular. I guess I have a real eye for good designs that my lady customers love. I have been coming to Global Village for the past 4 years from Pakistan to run this shop. I don�t even run a shop in my country because I make enough money in the 5 months that is sufficient for me to run my home for the remaining part of the year. My wife and two children live in a small town close to Lahore and while we live apart for these months, my family doesn�t mind as it means that I get to be home for the next 7 months and share household duties with my wife!� says Mumtaz Ahmad.
Abdul Razak Khan, another shop keeper belonging to the Western provinces of Pakistan, runs Shop No: 4 at the Pakistan pavilion selling Kashmiri carpets. �This is my first time to Global Village and I came here to sell my carpets because I had heard that people from all around the world visit this place looking for authentic items. I felt that my carpets would sell very well here because they are not just very beautiful and in a variety of colours and patterns but more importantly, they are made by hand. I don�t think it can get more authentic than that!� Abdul Razak Khan certainly knows what he is talking about, seeing that he has carpet-lovers thronging to his shop for some real steal deals.
Another shop that sells some very interesting and authentic items is Shaheen Handicrafts at Shop No: 77. Hand-crafted wooden tables� as well as hand-painted, wooden wall hangings can be seen being bought out up by eager buyers. Made of genuine Rose wood, the products range from wooden crockery to clocks to jewellery boxes. A treat for visitors who are looking to add interesting pieces to their home, the special pieces which are hand-made by Pakistani artisans are sold to support the handicraft industry of the country.
Shah Jee Marble, Shop No: 86, holds the largest collection of products made in marble at Global Village. Right from massive garden fountains to classic chess sets to bowls, plates, coffee pots, vases, ashtrays, glasses and even plates; the guests will be amazed with the vast collection of marble products available for purchase.
One of the most interesting highlights of the Pakistan Pavilion for food lovers is the Nimco Shop No: 51 that sell authentic and fresh Pakistani snacks and savouries all the way from Rawalpindi. Ghulam Abbas, the shopkeeper said, �We have up to 30 varieties of snack items which are freshly made and sent from Rawalpindi � that�s a really small number considering we have over 75 varieties in Pakistan. Just in chips, we have 5 to 6 varieties! Based on our experience in Global Village in the past, we decided to bring back the salty and spicy snacks as they are very popular among our customers and business is roaring. We have been coming here for the past 5 years and have built up a loyal client-base of Pakistani and Indian customers who identify with our food. Once we have a customer visit us, they always come back for more.�
With so much to buy and see at the Pakistan pavilion, one cannot leave the pavilion without buying a simple yet traditional pot or vase made by Mohammed Imran, a potter from a small village called Ahmadpur in Pakistan. The potter belongs to a family of craftsmen who have been earning their livelihood through pottery. �I have small workshop in my village where I specialize in this sort of work. I am very grateful to Global Village for giving me an opportunity to present and sell my work at such a big platform where international visitors take interest in what I consider something ordinary. This is a big encouragement to people like me and helps keep our traditions alive�. The Pakistan pavilion is a must-see for experiencing all this and much more for an authentic market place experience and if you love a good bargain!
Global Village will continue to provide a unique shopping, food, and entertainment experiences to its guests every day until April 8, 2017. Global Village's opening hours are from 4 pm to 12 am Saturday to Wednesday and from 4 pm to 1 am on Thursdays and Fridays in addition to public holidays.
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