DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY: "A giant "Shopping City" within the city..." Top 5 Page for this destination Dubai Shopping Tip by JessH
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Once again, true to the concept of "a city, within a city, within a city..."
So, if you *still* haven't had enough of shopping malls & stores, another one of Dubai retail giants has opened on March 1st 2007: Dubai Festival City.
Located right on the creek close to Dubai Airport & the Garhoud Bridge, this is one massive "eyesore with a purpose".
Festival City is also the venue for various concerts & shows, and the following hotels have a presence here: Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza and W Boutique Hotel.
> largest Marks n Spencer Store outside the UK.
> Residential waterfront living.
> Shops, shops... and more shops.
> A Golf course.
> "HyperPanda" Supermarket (I like this one... large variety & low prices)
> Marsa Auto Gallery & Car Showroom.
> ACE Hardware.
> Restaurants & Cafes. (90 restaurants including 40 al fresco venues along the water... there will even be 8 licensed (serving alcohol) restaurants :-)
> Gold Market Place.
> did I mention shops? (550 to be precise!)
What to buy: Once complete, this monster will have 2.1 million square foot of "urban retail resort". Dubai Festival City has over 3 kilometres of Creekside Corniche... something most of us Dubai residents will truly cherish because a nice venue so close to the water truly is rare!
Saturday - Friday: 10:00am - 12midnight.
IKEA: Saturday - Friday: 10:00am - 10:00pm.
Saturday - Wednesday: 09:00am - 12midnight.
Thursdays: 09:00am - 01:00am & Fridays: 09:00am - 12midnight.
...we prefer to visit Dubai Festival City for their ever-expanding selection of great cafes and restaurants, especially the ones with outside seating along the "Canal Walk"... We have dinner here quite often, sitting outside, listening to the live musicians, enjoying the cool breeze... this place tries hard to mimic a European street-scene, and *fails gracefully* in doing so ;-)
What to pay: In case you haven't yet noticed: Dubai has an obsession with YOUR credit card... so pay as much as you can afford.
UPDATE: Since January 2008 a smoking ban has come into effect in Dubai's shopping malls.
Address: Deira/Rashidiya, Dubai Creek.
Directions: 5 min away from Dubai Int'l Airport & the Garhoud Bridge.
LOCATION MAP: http://www.dubaifestivalcity.com/location.asp
Phone: +971-4-213 6363
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