Dubai Festival City marks another key milestone with the opening of the next phase of its retail resort today (March 1st 2007) at 10 am.
Festival Waterfront Centre is located in the heart of Dubai Festival City. The project is owned by Al Futtaim Group and for the moment is the largest retail development in the city. The 2.1 million sq. ft. retail area comprises Festival Waterfront Centre and Festival Power Centre and over the coming year it will be home to 550 shops, 20 flagship and anchor stores, 90 restaurants and cafés. Additionally, a Skywalk Entertainment level will be home to a 12-screen Grand Cinema Complex, Electronics Collection, Bowling City, a Skywalk food court, Fitness First and Magrudy’s.
The Centre brings together an extensive array of international fashion boutiques, famous brands and an eclectic variety of shops and services. The Centre’s stunning architectural environment and location is the inspiration for many brands to open their first shops in Dubai, including: Anne Klein, ABS, Danier, Guru, JM Weston, Lancel, Lamarthe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marccain, Nougat of London, Sephora and Paul Frank. Over the coming months Dubai Festival City will be a ’must visit’ destination for guests who will see the progressive opening of distinct retail, entertainment and leisure areas including waterside dining and retail pavilions, Dubai Gold Marketplace, Canal Walk, Skywalk Entertainment level and Festival Marina. The complex will have the most diverse selection of retail brands, waterfront dining venues and entertainment in the Middle East at an exceptional Creek-side location.
The first retail district at Dubai Festival City, Festival Power Centre, introduced the ’big box’ retail concept to the Middleba East. Covering 650,000 sq. ft. it launched in November 2005 with the largest IKEA store in the UAE. Festival Power Centre was completed in May 2006 with the opening of Hyperpanda Hypermarket, Plug-ins ElectroniX, Ace Hardware and a variety of lifestyle and convenience stores.
Dubai Festival City is one of the most accessible destinations in Dubai. This will be further enhanced with the addition of the new Garhoud Bridge and ongoing improvements to Dubai’s infrastructure. With Dubai International Airport just 2 kilometres away, the new dining and entertainment resort is set to become the number one first-stop destination for the 15 million tourists anticipated to visit the Emirate by 2010. The unique waterfront setting of Dubai Festival City aims to deliver everything one could imagine in one place.