Learn about Dubai Festival City and why people are raving about it

If you’re looking for a shopping and dining place in Dubai with a huge assortment of shops, restaurants and entertainment, plus a gorgeous sunlit view, then Dubai Festival City Mall is one to keep in mind. People have been raving about how wonderful Dubai Festival City Mall is more and more recently and this blog explains why.

Learn about Dubai Festival City and why people are raving about it

The mall is home to more than 500 outlets, including Dubai’s only IKEA, as well as fashion shops including Zara, H&M, TopShop, Coach and Kate Spade. There’s also a huge department store in the form of Robinsons. Located only a few minutes from Dubai International Airport, with easy access to old Dubai and Downtown, it is a prevalent location for layover and business travellers. And with the new canal open, mall visitors can now find Festival City via ferry from their hotels sited in the Downtown area.

Dubai Festival City

No longer your usual mediocre shopping mall – experience Dubai Festival City on another level

Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City Mall used to be an average mall until recently. They took on a huge renovation project and the mall is simply stunning.

Dubai Festival City - large eating options in more than 50 restaurants

People love it because of the huge variety of shops it offers, the large eating options in more than 50 restaurants and cafes, such as Serendipity 3, Sugar Factory, Tortilla and Hard Rock Cafe. Plus, there’s a host of restaurants around Festival Bay including Eataly, Al Fanar and Cheesecake Factory.

Dubai Festival City - Novo cinema

And if you’re looking for entertainment there’s an 18-screen Novo Cinema with 4D IMAX and Fabyland. Wow!

Fabulous vantage-point for sun-set views at Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City - fabulous sun-set views and the Dubai wheel

Describes as Dubai’s thrilling retail, dining and leisure grounds is Dubai Festival City by Visit Dubai – also provides shoppers and restaurant goers with the most wonderful vantage point for remarkable sunsets and an evening light show over the surrounding water.

Enjoy Light shows

Dubai Festival City - light shows and fountains

The mall’s fresh attraction is a Guinness World Records holder, the world’s Largest Water Screen Projection. Located at Festival Bay, this visual wonder uses pioneering technology and special effects including spectacular water displays, laser light shows and intense flames.

The light show over the fountains is beautiful; the show tells adventurous stories which the crowd enjoy.

Kids play area at Dubai Vantage City:

Dubai Festival City - Stay & Play area for kids

Kids can be dropped off to Stay & Play, whilst the grownups enjoy some retail therapy in peace. It’s a type of nursery or creche type area, where your kids are taken care of, with toys, social play and snacks.

Dubai Festival City - Faby Land for kids

Kids and Big Kids alike, will stay entertained for hours at Faby Land – a futuristic family fun area where the whole family can spend quality time. You will find enjoyable rides for all ages, from Bumper Cars, XD Dark Ride and FreeStyler. They have gaming available too with plenty of video games to keep you hooked.

Upcoming events at Dubai Festival City Mall:

Dubai Festival City - hypermarket and organic souk

Organic Souk by Local Farmers comes to Dubai Festival City every Saturday until 28th April 2018 - If you’re visiting Dubai, be sure to visit between 8am and 2pm.

Dubai Festival City - Helipad Cinema

Helipad Cinema, is brought to Festival City Mall this year, as a collaboraton with Toyota, they are launching a first-of-its-kind, outdoor cinema experience on its iconic Festival Bay helipad. This will be held on weekends until 14th April 8.00pm onwards at Festival Bay.

Enjoy a traditional Dhow Ride at Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City - Dhow cruises

Unwind on the scenic Dubai Creek and immerse yourself in the rich tradition and history of the Dhow boats.
It is a treat to experience a Luxury Glass enclosed dhow. The trip lasts approximately 2.5 hours and you will cruise along the New Dubai Canal, up to the new waterfall bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road by Amazon Tours from only AED 139. Sights to see throughout your Dhow Ride will be:

  • Festival City Mall
  • Ras Al Khor Sanctuary
  • Business Bay bridge
  • Business Bay- Burj Kahlifa
  • Sheikh Zayed Road waterfall bridge
  • JW Marriott Marque Hotel
  • St Regis Hotel

Check out Dubai Festival City Mall on your next visit to Dubai:

Dubai Festival City - Robinsons

The Dubai Festival City Mall is a key highpoint for Dubai travellers now, offering over 500 stores to peruse, including super-big-department stores such as Ikea Dubai and Robinsons.

Dubai Festival City - cafes and bakeries

Plus, with an on-site cinema complex and a diversity of dining options including cafes, bakeries and a large food court, this place can easily take up one full day to explore.

Dubai Festival City - Imagine

Make sure you also go to Imagine, a record-setting water, light and laser projection show that takes place daily after sunset at Festival Bay.

Dubai Festival City offers a selection of world class hotels

Bordering Dubai Creek, Festival City also offers a selection of world class hotels like the Intercontinental, so if you’re wanting to stay close by, check out that hotel.

So, if Dubai Festival City Mall wasn’t on your must-see list in Dubai, then you should definitely consider putting it on there.  

Saima Omar

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