Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City (DFC) is a self-contained, mixed-use development by the Al Futtaim Group. It is located to the east of the Dubai Creek, giving easy access to Dubai International Airport and Deira.

It offers a number of hotels, a large shopping mall, residential accommodation, and  international schools.

Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City


Hotels and places to stay in and around Dubai Festival City include:

  • Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
  • Holiday Inn - Dubai Festival City
  • InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Real Estate

The residential developments at Dubai Festival City are Marsa Plaza, Al Badia Residences, and Al Badia Hillside Village.

Marsa Plaza is a residential tower with around 500 studios, apartments, duplexes, and penthouses. Just over 200 of these are serviced apartments (InterContinental Residence Suites). Facilities include a gym, 2 swimming pools, lounge, and restaurant. It’s situated at the northern end of Dubai Festival City.

Al Badia Residences are a mixture of Mediterranean-style low-rise apartment blocks (1 – 4 bedroom apartments) and terrace homes (3 & 4 bedrooms). The development lies just north of the Al Badia Golf Club.

Al Badia Hillside Village is perched on an elevated plot just west of Al Badia Residences and offers a range of unique studios, 1 – 3 bedroom apartments, and 3-bedroom duplex apartments.

Leisure and community facilities at Al Badia are found at Al Areesh Club. Members enjoy use of a fully-equipped gym, 25 metre swimming pool, children’s pool, tennis and squash courts, and children’s play area. It also offers a supermarket and restaurant.


The Dubai Festival City Mall offers a huge range of shops. Flagship stores include Marks & Spencer, IKEA, Ace, Carrefour supermarket, and Robinsons department store.

Al Futtaim Automall is a large car showroom at DFC offering used vehicles with extended warranties.

Attractions & Entertainment

The development offers plenty of things to do. Attractions within Dubai Festival City Mall include an 18-screen cinema with IMAX (movie timings can be found here), a Fitness First health club, freestyle terrain park, and flight simulator.

Imagine, an impressive light and laser show, takes place in the evenings. Many of the restaurants here offer al fresco dining with great views of the show.

The Al Badia Golf Club at Dubai Festival City closed in 2017. However, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is nearby.

Other attractions near DFC include Creek Park and Dubai Dolphinarium.


Dubai Festival City is home to 2 schools; the Universal American School and the Deira International School (British). Both are located close to Al Badia.


Buses to Dubai Festival City include:

There is no Metro station at Dubai Festival City. The nearest station is Creek, the terminus of the Green Line. It’s possible to get a boat from here to DFC. Abras sail from Al Jaddaf Marine Transport Station to Dubai Festival City Marine Transport Station.

It’s also possible to take a Red Line train to Emirates Metro Station and take the F08 feeder bus or a taxi.


Interactive map of Dubai Festival City.

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