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Marsa Al Khor
Updated: 5th August, 2022

Marsa Al Khor

Marsa Al Khor is a sub-community of Dubai Festival City.
Marsa Al Khor
Marsa Al Khor is a sub-community of Dubai Festival City, Dubai.
The project was launched in September 2005.
Additional information
  • Marsa Al Khor was launched in September 2005 as a 245,000 square metre, upmarket, contemporary waterfront community reminiscent of some of the world's finest lifestyle destinations, including Cape Town's Waterfront and Sydney Harbour.

  • The Dh6 billion mixed-use development is located on the east shore of the Dubai Creek between Al Garhoud Bridge and the Business Bay Crossing Bridge. At the time of launch it was said to raise the bar for mixed-use commercial and residential developments in the UAE and compliment the long term vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

  • Marsa Al Khor was due for phased completion from 2007 but the project has stalled since the financial crisis of 2008. The InterContinental Residence Suites Festival City and the public beach are currently the only elements of the masterplan that have been built.

  • The project was designed as an integrated Corniche community for up to 14,000 people comprising high-rise towers, stylish Creekside offices, a Central Park, exclusive waterfront homes and a 300 room boutique hotel fronting the centrepiece Quay with state-of-the-art offices and an array of chic cafes and restaurants.

  • Marsa Al Khor sits directly on the walkway that runs for 4kms along Dubai Festival City's waterfront, and will boast a shaded, continuous retail and restaurant frontage similar to Singapore's Boat Quay and Darling Harbour in Sydney.

  • The central hub of Marsa Al Khor is a Quay which will have 50 serviced apartments, numerous fashionable restaurants and cafés and a contemporary boutique hotel. It will be accessible by foot or water taxi.

  • There will be three commercial districts with a total leasable area of 2.5 million square feet. They are designed in a tiered format in order to deliver as many waterfront views as possible. 

  • The high-rise towers will face the Creek and Garhoud Bridges and are positioned around a Central Park with landscaped gardens and cooling water features, cafes and shops. The towers will have ample underground parking.

  • An Office Campus comprising a cluster of low-rise buildings will be located to the rear of the Central Park. Waterfront Offices catering to Dubai's growing demand for niche, loft-style working environments will be located at the front of the Central Park. These multi-storey offices will sit on the edge of the Corniche offering prime Creek views. 

  • Marsa Al Khor also has a residential component comprising stylish waterfront condominiums and penthouses and up-scale luxury apartments. The centrepiece of the residential precinct is the Harbour Plaza apartment complex (since renamed as InterContinental Residence Suites Festival City) which will also contain serviced apartments that will be managed by the world-renowned InterContinental Group.

  • Adjacent to Harbour Plaza will be clusters of low-rise apartment buildings and large multi-storey residential towers each containing in excess of 1,000 apartments and penthouses.

  • The final residential component of Marsa Al Khor will be a waterfront residential complex comprising six low-rise buildings containing opulent one- and two-storey condos and penthouses with garden balconies. These are designed to maximise waterfront views.

Marsa Al Khor Location

The map below shows the location of Marsa Al Khor and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Jameel Arts Centre, 0.7 km
Imagine at Dubai Festival City, 1.2 km
Dubai Creek, 1.9 km
Parks & beaches
Dubai Creek Park, 2.4 km
Creek Island Central Park, 2.7 km
Zabeel Park, 4.9 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 1.8 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 2.5 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 8.5 km
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 1.3 km
Cineplex Grand Hyatt, 2.1 km
Vox OUTDOOR at Aloft City Centre Deira, 2.6 km

Local Schools

Marsa Al Khor has many schools nearby including New Indian Model School Dubai at 0.6 km and Gulf Indian High School at 0.8 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
0.6 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,000  •  Indian
Gulf Indian High School
0.8 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,800  •  Indian
Grammar School Dubai
0.8 km, Al Garhoud
AED 5,400  •  British
Dubai International School Garhoud
1.0 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 Marsa Al Khor.

Fête des Dames, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Belgian Cafe Dubai Festival City (0.9 km)
Cu-ba, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel • Ladies Night • Cu-ba (1.4 km)
Weekend Brunch, InterContinental Dubai Festival City • Anise (1.0 km)
Joe's Backyard
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Joe's Backyard (1.6 km)
Casa De Tapas
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Casa De Tapas (1.8 km)
Cactus Jacks
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cactus Jacks (1.9 km)
Queens Land
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Yalumba (1.9 km)
Hubble Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (1.6 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (1.6 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (1.6 km)
Hubble Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (1.6 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Marsa Al Khor.

Culture Village
Culture Village (1.0 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 (2.2 km)
Home to hotels, apartments, shops, leisure facilities, the 80-storey residential D1 tower and the five-star super opulent Palzzo Versace.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (3.4 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 (4.6 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 (5.1 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 (7.0 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 (7.1 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
Mirdif (7.8 km)
A residential district of three gated villa communities in north-east Dubai, about 10km from Deira City Centre and close to the airport.
Read more
Marsa Al Khor Milestones
Date Launched
September 2005
Companies Associated with Marsa Al Khor
Developer: Al-Futtaim Group

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