In a land populated with numerous residential communities, the new and improved Dubai Festival City stands out as one of the most exciting and family-friendly destinations in Dubai. Offering spectacular views from the bank, this master-planned development consists of the Dubai Festival City Mall, three residential communities and two world-class hotels, catering to the needs of residents and tourists alike.

The areas, Al Marsa and Al Badia in Dubai Festival City make up the residential part of the community, while the mall is a shopping haven with several retail outlets, eateries and entertainment options.

Living in Dubai Festival City

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Located along the scenic Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City offers beautiful views and picturesque walking trails.

The Dubai Festival City project by master-developer Al-Futtaim Group covers 5.2 million sq. m. and extends 3 kilometres along the Dubai Creek. The residential complex in Dubai Festival City offers luxurious apartments with easy access to amenities including two international schools, Universal American School and Deira International School. One of the most appealing factors about living in Dubai Festival City is the dining, shopping and entertainment options that residents enjoy. The Dubai Festival City Mall houses several international retail brands along with fast-food, casual and fine-dining restaurants, making it the perfect neighbourhood for foodaholics and shopaholics alike. Two of Dubai’s premium hotels, InterContinental Hotel Festival City and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, are also located in Dubai Festival City offering their own set of world-class amenities to the neighbourhood’s residents and visitors to enjoy.

Unlike other localities in Dubai, properties in Dubai Festival City offer a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary architecture. The three main residential communities in Dubai Festival City include Al Badia Residences, Al Marsa Plaza and the quaint Mediterranean-architecture- inspired, Al Badia Hillside Village. The vibrant neighbourhood offers a wholesome, balanced lifestyle where living, working, shopping and recreation are part of day-to-day life.

Apartments in this locality range from one- to four-bedroom configurations. Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dubai Festival City starts from AED 68k, while spacious 4-bedroom apartments are for AED 180k upwards annually.

Dubai Festival City is also home to Festival Tower, a state-of-the-art ‘AAA’ grade commercial tower. Take a look at offices for rent in Dubai Festival City.

Dubai Festival City won three awards at the 2010 Arabian Property Awards for Dubai’s best mixed-use development, the best residential project for Al Badia Hillside Village and the best retail development for Dubai Festival City Mall.

Dubai Festival City Mall – A Hub of Entertainment

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Dubai Festival City Mall offers a plethora of shopping, retail and dining options.

Dubai Festival City Mall is one of the most popular malls in Dubai with over 400 stores housing luxury international and local brands, 90 local and international restaurants and cafés, and a 12-screen cinema along with a trendy bowling alley. A lot of restaurants in Dubai Festival City Mall offer outdoor seating so visitors can enjoy delectable meals with fabulous views of Dubai Creek.

Dubai Festival City Mall is home to luxury fashion brands ranging from renowned high-street names such as Carolina Herrera to staple brands such as regular favourites, Forever 21, New Look and H&M. Among the most popular restaurants in Dubai Festival City, Al Fanar Restaurant is a top choice for those looking to savour Emirati cuisine. The mall is also home to the only IKEA store in the city, making it one of the most popular among Dubai residents.

Key Attractions in Dubai Festival City Mall

Festival Wheel

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The popular Festival Wheel in Dubai Festival City is one of the key attractions in the area.

Located on the South side of the Festival Bay area, this massive wheel is about 40 meters high and consists of 30 capsules for visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the city and the creek. The Festival Wheel is the perfect spot in Dubai to enjoy a magical sunset. Tickets are priced at AED 40 for adults, AED 25 for children and AED 100 for a family of four (two adults and two children).

IMAGINE – Dubai Festival City Laser Show

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The spectacular Dubai Festival City laser show, IMAGINE, draws hundreds of visitors to the malls. Several restaurants in Dubai Festival City Mall are located along the promenade with fabulous views of the show.

Part of the mall’s latest extension, IMAGINE is the record-breaking air, water and fire show at Dubai Festival City Mall. The spectacular display harnesses innovative entertainment technology in water, pyrotechnics, lasers, lights and music to mesmerise viewers with a truly delightful sensory experience. The AED 1.5B Dubai Festival City laser show boasts the largest water screen projection and largest permanent projection mapping in the world – both Guinness World Record breakers. The Dubai Festival City laser show is held daily at one-hour intervals during the evenings.

Dhow Rides

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Visitors of Dubai Festival City Mall can enjoy Abra boat rides around the scenic Dubai Creek.

Visitors can also enjoy a traditional Abra ride along the beautiful Dubai Creek. Dubai Festival City Mall offers tourists and residents a chance to experience Emirati culture while floating along serene waters and soaking in fantastic views.

Parking: Dubai Festival City Mall has free covered parking, with a capacity of over 13,000 vehicles.

Timings: The mall is open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10 AM to 12 PM on Thursday. Restaurants and cafés open daily from 10 AM to 11 PM from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10 AM to midnight on Thursday.

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Dubai Festival City has become one of the most sought-after residential and entertainment hubs in Dubai. Despite being close to the mall, residents enjoy a quiet lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of the main city with world-class amenities and conveniences at their doorstep. Following extensive renovation and expansion, Dubai Festival City Mall has also gained immense popularity among Dubai residents and tourists, housing some of the best international luxury brands and chic eateries.

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Born & raised in sunny Dubai, NS is always caught somewhere between reminiscing about her last trip & planning her next. Her likes include snow-capped mountains, dreamcatchers, rainy days & spontaneous road trips. On her day off, you’ll find her catching up on TV shows, dining with family/friends, or looking up DIY projects as an excuse to bring out the art supplies she obsessively collects.

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