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Dubai Area Guide: Al Badia and Dubai Festival City

There are a few different living areas within Festival City and here we take a closer look at them.

Posted on

8 April 2013

Last updated on 5 September 2017
Dubai Area Guide: Al Badia and Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City and the Al Badia area of Dubai is a large residently, business and development in the emirate. The whole area is on the Dubai International Airport side of Dubai Creek, and sits between the creek itself and the Garhoud area.

There are plenty of apartments, flats, townhouses and villas available to rent for expats and residents alike in this area, with plenty of entertainment, nightlife and shopping experiences available to enjoy. Not only that, but living here provides plenty of schooling options, leisure facilities and hospitality venues as well as automotive showrooms and the popular Al Badia Golf Club

Al Badia and Dubai Festival City is suitable for:

This area is perfect for all; from couples seeking their first apartment to rent, to families with two to three or more children or singletons! There's options for everyone!

How to get there:

Getting here is easy... Simply follow Sheikh Zayed Road north-bound or Al Khail Road until you reach the E11. There are clear signposts to get to Dubai Festival City to follow for ease. 

Accommodation options in Al Badia and Dubai Festival City:

This area of the emirate provides everything you need within a short distance. It's a well-known area of the city, and so plenty of taxi drivers know how to get where you need to be. Plus, with places like the Hard Rock Cafe, IKEA and Dubai Creek, you'll never be at a loss for what to do on a weekend or evening. With stunning views of Dubai Creek, it's a favourite place of ours.

1. Al Badia Residences
Located in Dubai Festival City, Al Badia Residences is a tranquil community surrounding one of the most exclusive golf courses and has Mediterranean style town homes and luxury apartments. Al Badia residents enjoy the premium facilities of the Al Areesh Club, which offers 5-star gym facilities including a multi-purpose aerobics studio, squash courts, tennis courts and swimming pool. Al Badia Residences also have convenient access to all the leisure, shopping and dining facilities available at Dubai Festival City.

Al Badia Residences - Festival City

Set in lush, private, landscaped gardens, Al Badia Residences features architecturally distinct Mediterranean-style spacious townhouses and apartments. Al Badia Residences offers the perfect family home in a safe, secure and established community, which is situated adjacent to the exceptional facilities of the Al Areesh Club, Al Badia Golf Club and Dubai Festival City Mall. All brought closer to you by the convenient Dubai Festival City Shuttle services.

All Townhouses have dedicated gardens and covered parking or garages, whilst all apartments benefit from private terraces and balconies showcasing scenic panoramic vistas over gardens or the lawns of the Al Badia Golf Club.


  • 4 Bedroom
  • 5 Bedroom


  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bedroom
  • 3 Bedroom
  • 4 Bedroom

2. Al Marsa Plaza
Al Marsa Plaza’s architectural design is a striking landmark on the Dubai city skyline. A luxurious and contemporary residential tower in Dubai Festival City’s Marsa Al Khor district. Marsa Plaza comprises 510 residences including 212 fully serviced, extended stay apartments managed by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Group.

SEE ALSO: Talk to other expats living in Festival City on our forum

Offering views of Dubai Creek and cityscape, Marsa Plaza’s one, two and three bedroom apartments, and three and four bedroom penthouses and duplexes, benefit from a choice of superb lifestyle amenities as well as services at the InterContinental Hotel Residence Suites located within Marsa Plaza.

Al Marsa Plaza - Festival City

Marsa Plaza amenities and services:

  • Two residents only pools
  • Residents only gymnasium
  • Grand Express Convenience store
  • O’Maria Ladies Salon and separate men’s salon
  • Mezza Luna - casual coffee shop and take away deli on the ground floor managed by InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Licensed lounge on level 17 with 180 degree views of Dubai skyline - managed by InterContinental Hotels Group
  • InterContinental Hotels Group managed Residence Suites - Services on a short or long term including, baby sitting, laundry services, service desk, maid service, airport services, valet parking

There are one, two and three bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses are equipped with state of the art technology on offer.

  • 1 Bedroom = 2 layout types
  • 2 Bedroom = 11 layout types
  • 2 Bedroom Duplex = 2 layout types
  • 3 Bedroom = 30 layout types
  • 3 Bedroom Duplex = 1 layout
  • 4 Bedroom = 4 layout types
  • 4 Bedroom Duplex = 2 layout types

3. Al Badia Hillside Village
Inspired by the quaint hillside villages nestled along the Mediterranean coast, the earthy rich hues and textures of Al Badia Hillside Village are infused with a blend of century’s old Arabian culture and design. The cobbled streets and distinct architectural nuances are reminiscent of a bygone era, yet Al Badia Hillside Village is where traditional values meet modern day comfort.

Al Badia Hillside Village - Festival City

Residents can choose from many unique apartments featuring enclosed courtyards, open terraces and covered loggias, studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments with basement parking. Benefiting from its unique landscaped hillside setting, all apartments feature inspiring views across the banks of Dubai Creek, the rolling fairways and greens of Al Badia Golf Course or of the dramatic, panoramic Dubai skyline.

Carefully planned, no two apartments are the same creating unique living spaces complemented by exceptional amenities to provide residents with sophisticated contemporary homes.

Al Badia Hillside Village is never more than a short walk away from Dubai Festival City’s shopping restaurants, cafes, bistros, leisure, relaxation and five-star hospitality offering.