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Dubai Festival City (Arabic: دبي فستيفال سيتي‎) is a large residential, business and entertainment development in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, owned by Al-Futtaim Group. Touted as a "city-within-a-city", Dubai Festival City is the Middle East's largest mixed-use development: all elements for work, living, and leisure will be contained within the project. Once completed Festival City will comprise a series of residential communities, numerous hotels, malls, a golf course and other entertainment sites, and a full suite of public services, including schools.



Dubai Festival City at night

Construction of the development, which was undertaken by Al Futtaim Carillion,[1] began in 2003 and is expected to take 12 years. The project spans 3.8 kilometres (2.4 mi) of water frontage on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek and is 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) from Dubai International Airport. As of mid-2006, investments in the project had exceeded 11 billion AED (3 billion USD).[2]


The development includes two hotels and a long term stay serviced apartment complex, all managed by InterContinental Hotels Group. In July 2009, Intercontinental took over management of the Al Badia Golf Course. Future developments include the 400-room Four Seasons Hotel Dubai, but construction of both hotels was put on hold in January 2009 due to the Global financial crisis of 2008–2009.[3]

Dubai Festival City MallEdit

The Festival Waterfront Centre, is a retail power centre which includes IKEA, HyperPanda supermarket (first hypermarket outside of Saudi Arabia,[4] which has now been replaced with a Carrefour supermarket) and Ace Hardware (the largest outside North America).[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Design & build the way forward". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  2. ^ Investments in Dubai Festival City exceed Dh11b Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Gulf News: 5 April 2006
  3. ^ "Two five-star hotels at Festival City shelved". Emirates Business 24/7. Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  4. ^ "Dubai Festival City to have first 'HyperPanda' outside Saudi Arabia". AME Info. Archived from the original on 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  5. ^ "Festival Power Centre". Dubai Festival City. Retrieved 2008-06-21.

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