Expansion work on the Dubai Global Village is going according to plan, the venue's chief executive officer (CEO) Saeed Ali Bin Redha has announced.The complex is one of the emirate's most important family entertainment centres and it is due to reopen for a new season on October 21st.Visitors will find a raft of new features and upgraded facilities, including an extra 200,000 sq ft of retail space.Workers have also been busy setting up new bridges and walkways, as well as open air stages and kiosks.Mr Bin Redha inspected the progress himself and he was happy with what he saw.He confirmed that 160 kiosks have already been completed and the rest of the new projects are 90 per cent done."We are working on the final touches before the opening and overseeing the work being done on the new additions for this year," he remarked."The growth we've been witnessing has spurred an increase in demand for commercial space, and we are trying to meet this demand by adding 200,000 sq ft of retail space, including kiosks, restaurants and entertainment venues."Millions of people are expected to take in the cultural entertainment on offer at the Global Village between October and March, again highlighting the fact that Dubai is an increasingly family-friendly place for holidaymakers to enjoy.The complex already has a glowing reputation and these latest renovations are likely to make it an even more popular venue.Last month, Mr Bin Redha picked up the Hospitality CEO of the Year prize at the prestigious 2012 CEO Middle East Awards, organised by ITP Publishing.On accepting the accolade, Mr Bin Redha suggested the fact that more than five million people visited the Global Village in the last season highlights just how successful it has been.Dubai is also expected to be awash with tourists in the coming weeks, as the emirate celebrates Eid. A host of activities and special events have been lined up throughout the city to mark the occasion.