ABOUT DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Dubai Festival City is a development constructed for both residential and commercial purposes. It is also known for many leisure spots like Dubai Festival City Mall, IMAGINE Dubai, Al Badia Golf Club and the Dubai Creek. The community covers an area of 5.2 million sq. ft. offering cosy living spaces along with exceptional amenities.
The neighbourhood offers a complete community lifestyle integrated with hospitals, schools and recreational hubs. Including apartments, villas and townhouses, the residential units in the community largely appeal to couples, individuals and families.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Mixed-use development with a range of residential units and business complexes
- Built along the Dubai Creek, the community offers picturesque views
- Consists of villas, apartments and townhouses that are built with both traditional and contemporary styles
- Home to the famous shopping centre and leisure hub, Dubai Festival City Mall
- Family-friendly community with a number of schools, supermarkets and gyms nearby
Dubai Festival City is a mixed-use development, it has a reputation of being one of the most prestigious family-oriented communities in Dubai. With one of the emirate’s leading retail centres just around the corner, the residents have easy access to daily necessities. The community also boasts several renowned schools and green spaces within its boundaries.
PROPERTIES IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Dubai Festival City consists of the sub-communities of Al Badia Residences, Marsa Plaza, Al Badia Hillside Village and Festival Tower. Offering freehold apartments and villas for sale, the community boasts space for 20,000 villas which are intended to be home to as many as 50,000 residents.
Al Badia Residences offers studio apartments and 1 to 3-bedroom apartments catering to families and individuals. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the low-rise apartments come with great amenities and visually appealing views of Dubai Creek and the majestic skyline of the emirate.
The villas in the community are constructed with Mediterranean-style architecture and are quite large, providing ample living space. Freehold villas in Al Badia Residences will cost an average of AED 6M while those looking to rent can expect to shell out AED 250k yearly.
The residences part of Dubai Festival City is favoured by families and working professionals. The homes are still in the city but provide a peaceful tranquil atmosphere. Finding a 1-bed apartment to rent can be difficult, it costs an average of AED 90k, annually. 2-bedroom flats can be rented from AED 93k, while the larger more popular 3-bedroom flats in Dubai Festival City cost AED 150k, on average.
Those looking to invest in the area can find that 1-bedroom apartments in Dubai Festival City are priced from AED 1.3M. 2-bedroom apartments for sale start from AED 1.7M and can go up to AED 3M. While those looking to purchase 3-bedroom apartments in Dubai Festival City will find that prices start from AED 2.1M.
Popular communities include the residential building Marsa Plaza. Located in the Marsa Al Khor District, it is comprised of a range of apartments; offering 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units along with 3 and 4-bedroom duplex flats. Built with modern architectural designs, the apartments are one of the landmarks of Dubai Festival City. The apartments for sale in Marsa Plaza come with several amenities such as valet parking, swimming pools, fitness studios, 24-hour security, as well as airport services.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING SPACES IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Most residential units in Dubai Festival City have spaces designated for parking. Apartments offer underground parking as well as street parking. Villas have a minimum of two dedicated parking spots.
There are various bus and metro stations within close vicinity of the community. Al Jaddaf metro station and Creek metro station are 5 to 10 minutes away from the area. Both of these are part of the Green Line of the Dubai Metro. Several bus stations are also located 5 to 10 minutes away in the nearby community of Al Jaddaf. Since the community has a number of tourist spots, taxis are also readily available in the area.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
SUPERMARKETS IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
For the daily grocery needs of the residents, there are several supermarkets in Dubai Festival City. One of the leading hypermarkets in Dubai, Carrefour, is located within the Dubai Festival City Mall. In addition to this, Choithrams, Abu Hail Supermarket and Kadooli Supermarket are located 6 to 7 minutes away.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
The only mosque in Dubai Festival City is Osama Bin Zayed Masjid. The residents of the community can find a number of mosques situated around the area. The mosques in Al Rashidiya and Umm Ramool are easily accessible. Ibrahim Al Khalil Mosque, Al Rashidiya Al Kabeer Mosque and Habib Mosque are located 6 to 7 minutes away.
Residents belonging to the Hindu and Sikh communities will find that the Shiva Temple and the Sikh Gurdabar are located at a 15 to 20-minute drive away in Bur Dubai. A number of churches can also be found in the nearby district of Oud Metha namely St Mary's Church, Coptic Church, The Dubai City Church and Saint Paul’s Chapel.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Parents looking for education options for their children have a number of schools to choose from. Deira International School in Dubai Festival City follows the UK and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Established in 2005, Universal American School is another highly rated option for parents, it offers the American and IB curriculum. Following the UK curriculum, Cambridge International School is also located 5 minutes away in Al Garhoud.
There are a number of options for higher education in nearby areas. Mohammad Bin Rashid University, The American College of Dubai and Al Falah University are some of the institutes located 5 to 10 minutes away from the central point of Dubai Festival City.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
There are various renowned hospitals in the nearby areas of Dubai Festival City. Located in Garhoud, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital is 9 minutes away. Dubai Dental Clinic, Emirates Specialty Hospital and Magrabi Eye Hospital are some of the medical centres located about 10 to 11 minutes away from the community.
There are a few clinics in the area. A branch of Dubai London Clinic is present in Dubai Festival City Mall, providing residents with quick access to medical assistance. Al Badia Dental Clinic, Al Sultan Medical Centre and Smile Spa Dental Clinic are located in the area itself.
Established alongside the magnificent Dubai Creek, the mixed-use community of Dubai Festival City is located near Garhoud, Umm Ramool, Nad Shamma and Ras Al Khor.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
The waterfront leisure and shopping destination, Dubai Festival City Mall is located in the neighbourhood. Home to more than 500 retail stores, the shopping centre is known for featuring renowned brands like Toys R Us, Zara, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Forever 21 and more. In fact, it is the only mall to house an IKEA store in Dubai. It is also home to the largest ACE Hardware store outside of North America. This is also the only mall in Dubai with a flagship store of famous Singapore based department store Robinsons.
Apart from these top retail stores, the mall has a large number of entertaining spots such as Novo Cinemas, the children’s play area Stay and Play and the mesmerising water and light show at IMAGINE. Residents of the community also have an option to head to Wafi Mall located 10 minutes away on Oud Metha Road.
RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Packed with 35 independent restaurants and 19 cafes and bakeries, Dubai Festival City is no short of an ideal place for food lovers. Serving classic American dishes, Hard Rock Cafe in the community is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. Other popular restaurants in Dubai Festival City offering various cuisines are Cheesecake Factory, P.F Chang’s, Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe, Motomachi Japanese Restaurant, Sugar Factory, Paul and Café Bateel.
The waterfront restaurants in Festival Bay appeal to a large number of visitors. Boasting 15 restaurants, the eateries and cafes offer flavours from around the world. With a stunning waterway alongside, the visitors can savour delicious food while enjoying the views.
In addition to these, there are also several restaurants in Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City. Some of the more popular options include Belgian Beer Cafe, Anise, Black Tap, Vista and more. Joe's Backyard in Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City has become a popular watering hole for the city's youngsters.
BEACHES NEAR DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
For a day out at the beach, the residents of the community can head to Jumeirah Beach and Sunset Beach which are located about 20 minutes away. Both beaches near Dubai Festival City offer many fitness amenities, shaded areas and restaurants overlooking the water.
Developed by Meraas, the beachfront leisure and dining precinct La Mer can also be visited for an adventurous day out or for a relaxing evening getaway.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Covering 2.5 million square feet on urban retail, Dubai Festival City is home to a number of leisure centres. IMAGINE Dubai being one of the most notable landmarks of the community, it is a state-of-the-art light show with water and fire. The waterfront light show consists of 30 fountains and a spectacular surround sound experience to leave the audience mesmerised. IMAGINE also exhibits innovative water screen projection technology.
Residents can also enjoy a dhow cruise at Dubai Creek. With the awe-striking views of the creek, the visitors ride in the traditional yet luxurious boats while enjoying the picturesque skyline along the banks of the creek. The cruise offers a delectable buffet, dance shows and live performances to make the experience entertainable.
Family entertainment leisure spot Fabyland is an indoor space offering several gaming attractions for children of all ages. Built in Dubai Festival City Mall, the fun-filled destination offers various rides and attractions. Families and children can enjoy arcade games, bumper cars, soft play areas, kiddie rides, video games, and many more exciting activities.
The many hotels near the Dubai Festival City Mall are also quite popular in the area. You will find the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, InterContinental Dubai and Crowne Plaza Dubai in the neighbourhood.
Another landmark in the community is the Al Futtaim Automall which is a popular location to buy a used car. It is located next to ACE Hardware and opposite the IKEA store.
Located 12 minutes away from Dubai Festival City, the residents can visit the wetland reserve Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Attracting migrating birds on a huge scale, the sanctuary is a sight to see with hundreds and thousands of birds to view.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Festival Bay at the Dubai Festival City Mall is an ideal relaxation spot. The waterfront destination attracts a large number of visitors every day as it offers great views, delectable food, spectacular fountain shows and a gigantic Ferris wheel. Standing 40 metres high, the Festival Wheel overlooks awe-striking views of the Creek and the magnificent Dubai skyline. The visitors also have an option to book VIP cabins which feature glass floors and leather seating.
Fitness enthusiasts looking to work out will not have to deal with a long commute as there are fitness centres dotted across the neighbourhood. Located in Dubai Festival City Mall, Fitness First is a favourite among the residents. The community members living in Al Badia Residences can head to the nearby Metin Sayer gym. The gym in the Holiday Inn is another great option for the residents of Dubai Festival City.
Dubai Festival City has no shortage of beauty centres. Both men and women can access a number of spas and salons without having to step out of the community. Popular options include Tips and Toes, NBar, Mona Beauty Centre, The Barber Room and M&J Gents Salon.
Although Dubai Festival City holds a peaceful and family-friendly lifestyle, the community remains eventful. The residents in the area can attend a number of events scheduled throughout the year. South Festival Bay hosts various concerts, shows and performances on various occasions. On commemorative days, lighting shows and fireworks at Imagine serve as a great crowd-pleaser. Dubai Shopping Festival is also a big hit among the residents, during which Dubai Festival City Mall attracts a massive crowd of bargain hunters.