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Festival City
Updated: 24th June, 2022

Festival City

A 1,300-acre urban community on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek comprising residential, commercial and leisure elements.
Festival City

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.

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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.

Festival City Location

The map below shows the location of Festival City 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 Festival City, visit our Things to Do guide.

Jameel Arts Centre, 2.1 km
Dubai Dolphinarium, 3.6 km
Dubai Creek, 3.6 km
Parks & beaches
Dubai Creek Park, 4.1 km
Mirdif Park, 6.0 km
Zabeel Park, 6.4 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 3.6 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 8.0 km
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 0.5 km
Cineplex Grand Hyatt, 3.3 km
Vox OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira, 4.4 km
Looking for more Festival City things to do and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do guide.

Local Schools

Festival City has many schools nearby including Universal American School at 0.7 km and Deira International School at 1.4 km.

In terms of performance there are four 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'.

Universal American School
0.7 km, Festival City
AED 48,500  •  American, IB
Deira International School
1.4 km, Festival City
AED 58,000  •  British, IB, IB Post 16
Al Mawakeb School Al Garhoud
1.6 km, Al Garhoud
AED 17,500  •  American
GEMS Al Khaleej International School
1.9 km, Al Garhoud
AED 24,000  •  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 Festival City. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Joe's Backyard, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Joe's Backyard (0.2 km)
Fête des Dames, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Belgian Cafe Dubai Festival City (1.1 km)
Hubble Brunch, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Joe's Backyard (0.2 km)
Soulful Ladies Night
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Soulgreen (2.2 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cu-ba (3.1 km)
Queens Land
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Yalumba (3.4 km)
Fin Farm Fire
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Yalumba (3.4 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.2 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.2 km)
Hubble Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.2 km)
Weekend Brunch
Brunch • InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Anise (0.9 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Festival City.

Culture Village
Culture Village (2.2 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
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Al Jaddaf
Al Jaddaf (2.8 km)
Home to hotels, apartments, shops, leisure facilities, the 80-storey residential D1 tower and the five-star super opulent Palzzo Versace.
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Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (3.9 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
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Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (6.3 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
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Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (6.5 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
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Mirdif (6.6 km)
A residential district of three gated villa communities in north-east Dubai, about 10km from Deira City Centre and close to the airport.
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Warsan Village
Warsan Village (7.4 km)
A popular gated residential community comprising contemporary three-bedroom townhouses located on the corner of International City.
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Dubai International City
Dubai International City (7.8 km)
A mixed use commercial, residential and retail development in Al Warsan with clusters of buildings named after different countries.
Read more
Festival City Milestones
Date Launched
Companies Associated with Festival City
Master Developer: Al-Futtaim Group
Masterplanning Consultant: HOK Canada, Inc.
Contractor: Al Futtaim Carillion


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.

Construction History

See the development of Festival City in photos.

Festival City Buildings

We currently maintain records for 18 building developments in Festival City.

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