Dubai Festival City

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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. 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.

Description[edit]

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]

Hotels[edit]

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 350-room W Hotel Dubai and 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]

Festival Waterfront Centre[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Design & build the way forward
  2. ^ Investments in Dubai Festival City exceed Dh11b Gulf News: 5 April 2006
  3. ^ "Two five-star hotels at Festival City shelved.". Emirates Business 24/7. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Dubai Festival City to have first 'HyperPanda' outside Saudi Arabia". AME Info. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Festival Power Centre". Dubai Festival City. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 

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Coordinates: 25°13′17″N 55°21′01″E / 25.22139°N 55.35028°E / 25.22139; 55.35028