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Festival City

Masterplanned district, Dubai
Festival City Key Information
Location type
Masterplanned district

Festival City Overview

Dubai Festival City is a new 1,300-acre urban community being established on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek. Developed by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, it comprises residential, commercial and leisure elements.

The focal point of Festival City is a new circular marina flanked on the land side by a crescent shaped Festival Centre, canal and shopping mall. Behind and to either side of this are the Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza hotels, residential areas, the golf course and other facilities and amenities, some of which are yet to be built.

There are three residential communities:
Al Badia is an established housing community with Mediterranean-style villas and town houses set in tree-lined streets. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are also available in several apartment buildings.
Al Badia Hillside Village is built on a landscaped hillside with views over the golf course and the city skyline. The first phase of this development comprises seven condominiums of studios and one- to three-bedroom apartments with courtyards and open terraces. The complex is designed in Arabic architectural style and offers apartments in over 145 individually designed layouts.
Marsa Plaza is a residential tower with 500 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments and three- and four-bedroom duplexes, 200 of which are serviced apartments. Facilities include agym, two swimming pools and a restaurant.

Companies Associated with Festival City
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Festival City Milestones
Date Launched

Festival City Amenities

The Al Badia 18-hole championship golf course opened in 2005 when it was known as "The Four Seasons Dubai". The club is now run by the InterContinental Hotel Group and offers golfers an enchanting desert oasis experience right on the edge of the historic Dubai Creek.
The fairways are kept in pristine condition via a number of large, interconnected lakes that supply salt-tolerant paspalum grasses with a blend of sea water and treated waste for irrigation.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, twelve of the holes on the course contain water hazards in the shape of ponds, streams or waterfalls. The RTJ “rivers of sand” concept – sandy waste areas to the ordinary golfer – along with the large extents of water give golfers plenty to think about on the way round here.
The strikingly designed clubhouse is situated in the middle of the Al Badia course with both the front and back nine holes returning to it.

Proximity to landmarks
Palm Jumeirah
25 mins drive
Al Maktoum International Airport
47 mins drive
La Mer
21 mins drive
Mall of the Emirates
21 mins drive
Dubai Mall
14 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
24 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
30 mins drive
The Walk JBR
29 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
22 mins drive

Construction History


The masterplan contains the following key features:
Corporate office campus - High quality, low-to-medium rise, type A office buildings designed to suit international corporations and institutions. The buildings will be set in gardens with water features.
Waterfront residences - Medium-rise residential apartments along the edge of Dubai Creek inspired by the nautical heritage of Dubai.
Promontory tower - A 50-storey office and hotel tower.
Automotive centre and life-style retail centre - A centrally-located ‘lifestyle retail centre’ offering automotive, household and convenience goods.
Central park - Lush parklands surrounded by over 3,000 downtown apartment homes and a 600-room convention hotel.
City core - the Crescent - A place for people to gather with waterfront dining, shopping, entertainment and hospitality. The Crescent will also offer residential and office accommodation.
Resort hotel - A world-class resort hotel on a man-made island in Dubai Creek.
Hillside residences - A terraced hillside development with a variety of homes overlooking the golf course and the creek.
Golf course community - An 18-hole recreational golf course designed by renowned architect, Robert Trent Jones II, with a clubhouse, a sports academy and a boutique hotel. Low, medium and high-density residential units will be in and around the golf course, all with views of Dubai skyline.
Moderate high density residences - A residential ‘campus’ with a variety of housing and small parks surrounded by retail buildings.
Waterfront villas - Individual villas with private boat mooring in a marina environment.
Community facilities and schools - International schools, nurseries, convenience stores, postal and banking services and places of worship for the residential population.
The global village - A landscaped park with international pavilions, exhibits, leisure facilities, fun fair, food and beverage outlets, with car parking for 15,000 vehicles.

Festival City Communities

We currently maintain records for 1 sub-community in Festival City.

Festival City Reviews

See what the residents have to say by reading 3 user reviews courtesy of flatreviews.com


Festival City receives an overall rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews. Users were asked to consider many factors including the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

9th Jan, 2017
From Canada
Moved here in 2017
Living with spouse
Expensive but worth it
View, layout, high quality of build & finishes
Storage space
My husband and I have lived here for a year and a half, and we absolutely love it. Marsa Plaza is a unique building with beautiful apartments. Ours is a spacious 2-bed with stunning views of the Creek and downtown, and the sunsets are amazing. It's one of few apartment more… buildings in Dubai with high quality finishes - despite the fact that the building is around 10 years old they still look modern and aren't falling apart. All rooms are a good size, and both bedrooms have hotel-like ensuite bathrooms. Our only complaint about the layout is the lack of any storage space. The built in wardrobes are so small that we're using the wardrobes in both bedrooms and have still had to purchase additional wardrobes, and we've been left with no space to store anything else. It's a pretty quiet building, although on weekends we have to contend with the inconsiderate muppets who like to race around the streets and rev their engines outside the building til the wee hours. I guess that happens everywhere though. Maintenance are on-site and very helpful if you have any issues, although thankfully we don't have too many issues. Security and concierge are friendly. There are a couple of restaurants and a convenience store on the ground level which are quite handy. We aren't really pool people, though the pools are nice. A lot more could be done with the pool area though - it's literally just a pool surrounded by a lot of empty space and a handful of old, falling apart lounge chairs with no cushions. The gym is OK, though I work out elsewhere because it's missing a couple of key items that I feel a gym should have. Traffic around the area is almost non-existent. Travelling in and around Festival City is easy, and access to Al Khail is a piece of cake via the Business Bay crossing. Parking in and around the building is ample. There is no public transport nearby. Overall, Marsa Plaza is a wonderful building to live in, and our few complaints are minor. I would highly recommend this building to anyone.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
12th Jan, 2015
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2015
Family with children
Marsa Plaza
The view
Small kitchen
Ideal for professionals and small families. Quiet location on the creek but beautiful building.
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC
12th Nov, 2014
From Canada
Moved here in 2013
Living alone
Dubai Festival City, Al Badia Residences
Space, finishing, convenience of shops around
No renting option, a bit quiet compared to downtown if you like noise
My apartment in Al Badia Residences was huge for a 1 bedroom apt. The garden was beautiful and spacious, and the area is gorgeous and very well taken care of. You can spend your morning having a nice jog around the beautiful compound. Al Areesh Club is also very nice, more… the swimming pool is big and the gym and facilities are great. I only moved out because they stopped renting the apartments and are only looking for buyers. If you're looking to buy great property, Al Badia is an amazing community and I highly recommend it.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a FlatReviews.com user and not of Propsearch LLC

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