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Culture Village (Jaddaf Waterfront)
Updated: 3rd June, 2023

Culture Village

A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Culture Village
Culture Village is an area located within Al Jaddaf, Dubai.
The developer
The project was developed by Dubai Properties Group.
Also known as
Jaddaf Waterfront

Culture Village is a waterfront development in Al Jaddaf lying between the two bridges over the creek; Al Garhoud Bridge, carrying the E11, and Business Bay Crossing, carrying the Al Khail Road. Besides the cultural and exhibition centres implied by the name, Culture Village is also home to the Palazzo Versace hotel as well as some 30 apartment buildings, shops and over 2,000 parking spaces.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Culture Village it takes roughly 13 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 25 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 23 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 29 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 25 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 44 minutes' drive.*

Public transport

The Al Jaddaf metro station on the Green Line is nearby.


There are two sub-communities in Culture Village. Learn more in the following guides.

Local shops and outlets

There are 36 outlets currently open in Culture Village including 13 restaurants, two pet shops, three supermarkets, three ladies' salons, three pharmacies, two spas, a trade school, a car rental shop, a medical clinic, a coffee shop, a café, two mini marts, a laundrette, a men's salon and a smoking accessories shop.

New outlets in Culture Village 2022 & 2023

Yaumi Market
Makeen Residence, Street level
Private Salon
Makeen Residence, Street level
Shefaa Al Madeena Pharmacy
Makeen Residence, Street level
The Red East
Kingsgate Canal Hotel, Street level
Arabesque Jaddaf
Nature Balance Spa
Riah Towers, Street level

For a full list and analysis of shops and services in Culture Village visit our Culture Village amenities page.

Culture Village Location

The map below shows the location of Culture Village and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas. For a more in-depth look at the local attractions, and to see what's on in and around Culture Village, visit our Things to Do guide.

Jameel Arts Centre, 0.3 km
Imagine at Dubai Festival City, 1.4 km
Dubai Dolphinarium, 1.4 km
Parks & beaches
Culture Village Park, 0.3 km
Dubai Creek Park, 2.0 km
Creek Island Central Park, 2.4 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 1.9 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 2.9 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 7.7 km
Cineplex Grand Hyatt, 1.2 km
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 1.7 km
Vox OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira, 2.8 km
Looking for more Culture Village local shops, services, and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do and Amenities guides.

Local Schools

Culture Village has many schools nearby including New Indian Model School Dubai at 1.4 km and Gulf Indian High School at 1.6 km.

In terms of performance there are five schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Dubai English Speaking School which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Universal American School which has a rating of 'Very good'.

New Indian Model School Dubai
1.4 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,000  •  Indian
Gulf Indian High School
1.6 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,800  •  Indian
Grammar School Dubai
1.6 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,400  •  British
Dubai International School Garhoud
1.9 km, Al Garhoud
AED 16,000  •  American

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Culture Village. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Eve Penthouse and Lounge, Hyatt Regency Creek Heights • Ladies Night • Eve Penthouse and Lounge (0.0 km)
Cu-ba, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel • Ladies Night • Cu-ba (0.0 km)
The Friday Brunch, Palazzo Versace • Giardino (0.0 km)
Casa De Tapas
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Casa De Tapas (0.0 km)
Joe's Backyard
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Cactus Jacks
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cactus Jacks (0.0 km)
Soulful Ladies Night
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Soulgreen (0.0 km)
Ambient Night
Brunch • Palazzo Versace
Vanitas (0.0 km)
Saturday Family Brunch
Brunch • Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Nomad (0.0 km)
Traiteur Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Park Hyatt Dubai
Brasserie Du Park (0.0 km)
Hubble Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Culture Village.

Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (2.5 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (4.1 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
Read more
Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (4.3 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (6.1 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (6.1 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
City Walk
City Walk (8.0 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
La Mer
La Mer (8.2 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
Business Bay
Business Bay (8.4 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
Read more
Culture Village Milestones
Date Launched
May 2006
Estimated Handover Date
Q3 2019
Companies Associated with Culture Village
Master Developer: Dubai Properties Group


A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Culture Village.

There are several distinct elements to Culture Village:

Manazel Al Khor - A low-rise, waterfront development by Dubai Properties featuring 74 spacious three- and four- bedroom apartments. The project was delivered in 2018.

Dubai Wharf - Launched in September 2014, this is a multi-storey, mixed-use development that has been conceived as a contemporary Arabesque town. Culture, heritage and art are at the centre of the development which stretches along the banks of the creek.
The project includes four residential towers with 582 apartments. Residents can choose between studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
The wide walkway fronts directly onto the waters of Dubai Creek and includes shops, cafés and restaurants.
The first properties were handed over in Decemer 2016 and all properties were completed in 2017.
Dubai Wharf is located close to Al Jadaf Metro station.

The Anantara Hotel & Spa - Announced in 2014 this is to be developed by Dubai Properties. The site is on the waterfront and the hotel will comprise 290 guestrooms, a rooftop pool, a spa and a range of restaurants, bars and retail outlets. However, the project seems to be on hold. By August 2020 the piling work had been complete for almost three years, but a contractor had not been appointed to build the hotel. Its opening date had been put back to 2020, but no revised delivery date has been given.

Jameel Arts Centre opened in November 2018. It was one of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai. Housed in a specially-commissioned, three-storey building, its multiple gallery spaces are home to curated commissions, projects, and solo and group exhibitions, drawn both from the Art Jameel Collection and through regional and international collaborations.

Palzzo Versace - A five star super opulent hotel opened in November 2015. It boasts 215 rooms and 169 condominiums, ranging from one to six bedrooms. There are eight restaurants: Giardino, an all-day dining restaurant, with wallpaper in the label’s Jungle print; seafood restaurant Vanitas; “avant-garde” Enigma; lobby lounge Mosaico; Q’s bar, by music producer Quincy Jones; La Vita bar; shisha lounge Gazebo; and pool bar Amalfi. Outside there are three pools and a spa.

D1 (standing for ‘Dubai 1’) is an 80-storey residential tower in Culture Village next to the Palazzo Versace. Developed by Enshaa, D1 offers its residents a sky lounge, private cinema, indoor pool, gym and concierge services. The building has one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condominiums and opened in 2015.

When we visited in August 2020 a few new hotel buildings were about to open including Suha Creek Hotel Apartments and Intercity Hotel.

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for Culture Village.

Projects often go through a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.

Culture Village History

Formerly known as Arabian Bays, the AED 50,000 million ($13,600 million) mixed-use Culture Village development covers an area of four million square metres on the banks of the creek between Garhoud bridge and the Jadaf shipyards. At its launch in 2006, Dubai Properties, the master developer, said that "the scheme will feature traditional wind towers, waterways and bridges, souks, restaurants, an amphitheatre for live performances and cultural festivals, an exhibition hall, museums and a traditional dockyard".

Construction History

The projects still under construction are all in the same part of Culture Village and were nearing completion when we visited in August 2020, so the place should start to feel like less of a construction site during 2021.

See the development of Culture Village in photos:

Culture Village Workers

Culture Village Buildings

There are 49 building developments in Culture Village. For a full list of all Culture Village buildings visit our Buildings Guide.

D1 Tower
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Ink Hotel
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do_disturb Under development (Cancelled)
Iris Amber
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Iris Asmar
online_prediction Envisioned
Modo Tower
online_prediction Envisioned
Al Sharif 1
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Boutique 12
construction Under development
Dilan Tower
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Riah Towers
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La Mer Tower
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Cascade Ville
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Grayton House
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Nastaran Tower
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Niloofar Tower
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Masader Project
construction Under development

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