The Pakistan Pavilion at Global Village captivates guests as soon as one reaches the façade entrance, which has been built to emulate the various historical structures from Lahore of Pakistan. The beautifully created façade 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.