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The Best Places To Stay Or Live In At Dubai Festival City

Known as a “city within a city,” Dubai Festival City is a commercial and residential destination in Dubai built by Al Futtaim Group. It has all the essential leisure, residential, commercial, and academic elements within it. It is also home to the largest water screen projection known as “IMAGINE,” featuring the latest technology related to lasers, light effects, pyrotechnics, and water. That is why it has become one of the must-visit destinations for both tourists and locals.

And if you are looking for the best place to stay in or live in (for longer-term relocations) here in Dubai, you can choose from a wide range of luxury hotels and apartments for rent/sale in a serene neighborhood in Al Badia Festival City or Marsa Plaza.

Here are some of the best accommodation and residential options at Dubai Festival City.

Apartments for rent/sale

Properties for rent and sale in Dubai Festival City consist of sub-communities with apartments – Al Badia Residences and Marsa Plaza.

Apartments or flats come in one- to three-bedroom and studio units, all of which are enclosed in landscaped gardens. They also include shared community facilities, such as a BBQ space, a children’s playground, and a swimming pool. Other beneficial amenities include 24-hour security, airport services, gyms, and valet parking.

Most properties for rent and sale in Dubai Festival City have spectacular views of the wider skyline and Dubai Creek. They are also in close proximity to state-of-the-art fitness, shopping and leisure hubs, dining establishments, and international schools should you decide to live here with family.


Dubai Festival City is home to the following luxury hotels:

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

InterContinental Dubai Festival City is an iconic landmark along Dubai Creek, offering a superb luxury experience with over 500 deluxe guest rooms and suites. They also have modern leisure and wellness facilities – from an award-winning spa and gym to the famous glass-bottom pool overlooking Dubai Creek.

And if you choose a Club InterContinental stay, you can enjoy bespoke services, premium accommodation, and exclusive access to the Club Lounge.

The hotel also boasts an exquisite event space known as The Event Centre. Whether you need a place for a large industry conference, an intimate business meeting, a social gathering, or a product exhibition, they have a spacious venue with a team of professionals who can help ensure your event’s success.

Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City is situated on the banks of Dubai Creek with spectacular views of the city skyline. It boasts over 300 well-designed superior and deluxe guest rooms and executive suites.

The hotel is also a great place for having dinner under the stars with family and friends. In addition, it is home to the city’s original Belgian Café.

Moreover, the hotel offers fitness facilities that are open 24 hours to ensure that you are able to keep to your fitness routine. But take note that dedicated instructors are only available until 10 p.m.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn is in the heart of Dubai Festival City with direct access to Dubai Festival City Mall. It offers beautifully designed rooms with different types of twin and king bedding. Other rooms have a terrace and elevated views of the city skyline. Family rooms are also available on the higher floors. But if you want panoramic views, you can choose to stay in one of their panoramic suites.

Amenities include an event space that has meeting rooms and a large ballroom with state-of-the-art technology. Experienced event planners are also available to ensure a successful gathering.

Dubai Festival City offers not only a wide array of sights to see and things to do, but great places to live and stay in, too. So if you are planning your next Dubai trip or relocation, consider booking your stay in one of the luxury hotels within its premises, or renting (or even buying) an apartment in one of its family-friendly communities. Make sure to check any current promotions and offerings for great value. Read relevant travel guidelines as well for a smooth, enjoyable vacation.


Muhammad Raheel Walayat manages 360-degree digital marketing for Al Futtaim Group Real Estate, one of the largest real estate developers in Dubai. Having joined the company in 2017 with an extensive 10+ years of experience in marketing, Raheel has been instrumental in developing and managing the digital ecosystem for Dubai Festival City that drives results in terms of brand awareness, brand positioning and commercial benefits to the business.

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