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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.
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.*
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 25 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 44 minutes' drive.*
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.
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.
For a full list and analysis of shops and services in Culture Village visit our Culture Village amenities page.
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.
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'.
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.
Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Culture Village.
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.
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.
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".
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:
There are 49 building developments in Culture Village. For a full list of all Culture Village buildings visit our Buildings Guide.
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