InterContinental Festival City Dubai

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

P.O. Box 45777, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 23% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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Dubai Festival City Shopping Centre

by gugi66 about Dubai Festival City Shopping Centre

Rising along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, Festival Centre is Dubai’s unrivalled waterfront destination for style and sophistication, showcasing an exciting selection of prestigious retailers, an international gourmet culture and a world-class entertainment retreat.

Located at the heart of Dubai Festival City, Festival Centre will total upon completion 2.8 million sq ft of leasable space, with over 600 shops including 25 flagship stores, over 100 restaurants, cafes and bistros, a 12 screen Grand Cinemas complex, Bowling City and a vast entertainment centre and parking for 13,000 cars

Dubai Festival City

by MM212

One of Dubai's latest additions, Dubai Festival City includes the typical hotel-shopping centre-offices-resort complex. It is located at the southern end of the Dubai Creek, not too far from the airport. The hotels in situ are the Intercontinental and the Crown Plaza, with plans to open a Four Seasons in the near future. The large shopping centre within the complex is extremely large and contains many middle-of-the-range and ultra-luxurious brands. There are also numerous cafés and restaurants, with a beautiful outdoor area along a canal for clement weather.

Go Shopping!

by EmilianoCV

Yes, it is true. Dubai has enormous and excellent shopping malls with the most reputed worldwide re known brands and also little sohos with handcraft local art.

Go shopping as a tourist attraction, it is worth going.

You can visit the imponent Mall of the Emirates or Dubai Festival City, or Mercato shopping, or...

Pizza - the real thing.

by colin_bramso about Scoozi @ Dubai Festival City

I like the real thing when it comes to pizza and pasta.

Pizza made the Italian way with the right wheat used for the pastry, thin crust, traditional toppings.

The same goes for pasta, in particular the tomatoes, so critical in Italian cuisine, have to be the correct variety to get the authentic Italian flavour.

That's what you get at Scoozi and we eat at two of their branches. The one at Dubai Festival City is on the ground floor with a large indoor area plus some tables outside overlooking the canal.

Excellent staff, a relaxed casual atmosphere and a real Italian flavour to the food. For pizza my favourites are Margherita, with just tomato, cheese & basil, and Puttanesca, which is tomato, cheese, anchovies, black olives & capers. For pasta I like spaghetti and Scoozi serves excellent Spaghetti bolognese.

Global Village

by metha

One of the biggest attractions of DSF, this is a destination displaying traditional and authentic collections from countries around the globe. With over 30 countries participating, each country is represented by a pavilion that displays its architecture, culture, products and cuisine

Dubai Festival City host and partner of Global Village 2004 together with the Dubai Shopping Festival Committee, wish to welcome you to an exciting 9th Global Village filled with festivities, family fun, retail opportunities and quality events.

a trip i will never forget

by TripAdvisor Member garyparker

i have just returned from dubai and staying at the intercontinental festival city dubai.i went from the the 25th to the 30th june 2008 and i travelled with very good friends 2 of which i have known for over 11years!.it was my first visit to dubai and i was not disappointed !!!
the hotel was modern.clean and spacious and only 5 minutes from the airport (although you didnt hear any plane noise)and connected to festival city,a large shopping mall which was in walking distance.from the moment we landed we were overwhelmed by the hotel and the staff.they were so friendly, kind and couldnt do enough for us.
the rooms were spacious ,clean and equipted with everything you could need and the you had views of dubai whilst lying out in the bath! we had breakfast every morning at "anise",a large space with everything you could ever want to eat with cheerful attentive staff who catered for your every also had views over the creek as well as festival city and the marina.
we also ate at "madelines bistro"and we all agreed we had the best steaks we had ever tasted!
dubai itself was amazing,bigger and better than we could have ever imagined.very safe,relaxed with very friendly people.
although when we went it was over 40+ temp dont let it put you off,just be sensible.we sunbathed in the morning for about 2 hours.the staff came round with cold towels and evian facial sprays and we drank non alcoholic cocktails,delicious(ask for the fresh mint with lemon ,ice and sprite)
travelling around dubai by taxi is cheap and cool and quick
we went to the burj al arab for afternoon tea(425 dirs or £63)its a must as well as dune bashing and jet boating( you well get wet but you get great views of palm jumeriah as well as the beach and of course burj al arab hotel and also its a good laugh
also dont forget to go to the gold souk at deira and haggle for a bargain,brilliant.
dubai is a must see destination for anyone and everyone,
and i would highly recommend staying at the intercontinental festival city for a trip you will never forget!

Nice, brand new Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member vietduc

We stayed there for 3 nights in Feb. 2008. The hotel is brand new, nice and elegant. The room we stayed was spacious, modern style. I love the comfortable bed with smooth and soft sheets. Staff were friendly and professional. It is located next to a mall which is also brand new. You can find a lot of restaurants and shops there. It is kind of away from the center, but we didn't mind because we have been in Dubai before. It is probably best for a stopover.

We would definitely stay here again.

Great value - Great quality

by TripAdvisor Member Coffeeman1960

Transferred from the adjacent sister hotel (Crown Plaza), we travelled on a great value weekend package with Virgin (£350 each for flights and 3 nights B&B - Wow!!). Most flights from the UK arrive early morning so unless you pay for an additional night you normally have to wait for your room. As the hotel was not full we were fortunate to get ours at midday. What a room! Other reviews have already described them, but modern, hi-tech and brand spanking new.
Service in the hotel and elsewhere very high (labour must be cheap and good quality) and though there was only one restaurant open in the hotel (Anise) the choice and quality was fantastic.
The pool was very nice though loungers occasionally were at a premium - what might it be like when the hotel is full?
Views over the local area and creek reveal a building site but no noise problems. Festival City is fast-developing and is well located for the road network and airport but otherwise is pretty uninspiring. Room windows were filthy which is the only negative I can mention about the place.
Travel from the hotel is OK - travel time depends on the time of day - 45 mins into Deira on a Saturday morning, 15 mins back in the afternoon; 45 mins to Jumeira Beach on Sunday morning, 30 mins back mid-afternoon. It's cheap to travel (ignore reviews to the contrary) - even the hotel taxi was only £10 to Jumeira Beach - with most trips just a few pounds if you take a Dubai taxi.
We ate at in the hotel, in the Festival Shopping Mall and (for a celebration) at the Manhattan Grill in the Grand Hyatt Hotel which was outstanding for it's great steaks. Alcohol? Available in the room minibar and in the hotel after 6pm. Beer was priced at UK hotel pices but watch for wine - our wine in the Grand Hyatt came to almost £14 per glass!!
A small Dubai tip - it's a Muslim country and the showing of flesh is frowned upon - you very quickly notice that (aside from the tourist/beach area) people don't wear shorts and women don't show shoulders or midriffs which meant that long trousers/short sleeve shirts and blouses/skirts were de-riguer.
We took the trip to sample Dubai. Will we be back? Maybe but probably not quickly, but this is no reflection on the Interconti which was top notch. I can't imagine you would be disappointed as long as you don't expect a beachside or city centre location.

Almost there!

by TripAdvisor Member SW-McKeown

I stayed at the Hotel as part of a work conference for three days. There are alot of positives e.g.

- the level of service is exceptional
- incredibly clean
- funky rooms with great bathrooms
- the standard of food is very good (I was being mass-catered for as part of the conference so I would expect ala carte to be exceptional)
- alcohol is well priced for a 5* hotel e.g. 20 Dirhams for a beer - about 3 quid
- connected on to a huge shopping/eating complex
- taxis always available

The Festival City complex is still being finished (about 85% of the way there) and the hotel was no exception e.g. just half the pool/ sun lounging area open in March 2008. Workmen were prevalent in the area surround the hotel, however I experienced no contruction noise.

The hotel, whilst convenient for the airport, is a bit out of the city centre. However mitigated against this is the ample taxis plus a culture of no-one walking too far in general. A general plus is Dubai airport which is well organised and chilled; unlike the mayhem of Heathrow at the other end.

Fantastic Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member BristolDave

We Stayed in the intercontinental at festival city for four night's at the end of march. This hotel is brand new and absolutely fantastic, the staff, the rooms,the restaurant,breakfast,reception,eveything we did not have a bad word to say about it.There are great veiws of the creek from the leisure deck which they share with the Crowne Plaza hotel next door.The hotel is also connected to the festival shopping centre with over 500 shops including Marks and Spencers and 90 places to eat. It's only a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport.


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Forum Posts

About Jumeriah Park???

by brandon82dm

I would like to ask a question r u open in ramadam time? because we planing to go at ramadan and we're 20 people... I hope i will get some info for you.
thanks a lot:)

Re: About Jumeriah Park???

by colin_bramso

Hi, welcome to VT.

Jumeirah Park is a residential development, so I guess you mean Jumeirah Beach Park. Ramadan this year is mid-August to mid-September and it'll be too hot and humid to be out for long during daylight hours, especially as you can't drink even water in public places. The Beach Park should be open in the evenings though - but the other free beaches will be open anyway.

Re: About Jumeriah Park???

by brandon82dm

Hi Colin!!! thanks for the reply:) well, i plan with my co employee to get out of ramadan day. coz this is a time only to spend our days because restaurant is close... where do u thing the best place to go???

Re: About Jumeriah Park???

by colin_bramso

Not all restaurants are closed during the day, you just need to find the ones that are open and there are many around the city. Last year the cafes and restaurants at Souk Madinat Jumeirah were open for example - they keep the doors closed and the windows are covered.

Re: About Jumeriah Park???

by JessH

Hi from Dubai!

As Colin said, not all restaurants are closed during daylight hours in Ramadan.

Actually, every large hotel will have at least one restaurant open for their hotel guests and also "outsiders." As Colin said again: open, but hidden behind curtains.

In August it will still be extremely hot (around 45 degrees) and humid (up to 90%) and going to the beach really isn't advisable.

If you want to do something during the daytime, how about:

> Cinema? There are cinemas in Deira City Centre, Dubai Festival City, Mercato Mall, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Batutta Mall.

> Bowling? There are bowling alleys in
Dubai Festival City:

and also in Al Quoz opposite Safa Park:

> Visit the Dubai Aquarium in Dubai Mall:

Toshiba satelleite laptops

by alexandarkeller

Please,post me a few e-mail adresses where I can shop an notebook computer while I am visiting Dubai.

RE: Toshiba satelleite laptops

by colin_bramso

Hi welcome to VT
Online you can check out
There are many places in Dubai, from hypermarkets to electronic stores to specialist computer shops. Where it's easy to go depends where you'll be staying.

RE: Toshiba satelleite laptops

by Somdin

Plugins store at Dubai Festival city is quite big, they even have showroom in Lamcy Plaza, Madinat Jumeira


by mitch77


does anybody knows if i'll find some y3 adidas snikers in dubai?should be the price more interesting then my own in italy?I'will stay in dubai just 48 hours,can someone tell me where i can go straigth for this shopping so I can save time for a faster loop of the city(I will see enought in so shorty time?).

thanks guys,
always helpfully(I don't know if this word exist!!!)

Italian guy across the world

Re: y3


Hi, would recommend you go directly to CITY CENTRE (15 mins from airport depending on time of day/traffic), you are absolutely sure to find what you want there but not sure whether you will find prices cheaper than Italy. This is a huge shopping mall with loads of stores. You might also want to try MALL OF THE EMIRATES (30 mins from airport depending on time of day/traffic).. if you can't find them here you won't find them anywhere!

There is an Adidas store at DUBAI OUTLET MALL on Al Ain Road but as this stocks last season items not sure you will find the model you are looking for (assuming it is latest model). Prices are ultra cheap here though.

Hope this is useful.

Re: y3

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

There are two exclusive adidas brand stores in the UAE at Dubai's Deira City Centre and Bur Juman Shopping Centre; in addition to an adidas factory outlet located on Dubai's Airport Road.
Why dont you give them a call to know if what you are looking is available before going for purchase:


Ground floor, Laheeg Sultan building, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
Landmark Opp Lamcy plaza.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 3354403


Ground floor, Mall of Emirates, Dubai
Landmark Opposite H & M, Near Ski Dubai.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 3477007


1st floor, Dubai Festival City, Dubai
Landmark Beside Puma showroom.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 2325690


Ground floor, Al Ghazal Mall, Dubai
Landmark Beside Fashionista.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 3453818


Landmark Beside Cargo village.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 2820211


Uptown Mirdif, Dubai
Landmark Opposite of Spinneys.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 2881290


2nd floor, Deira City Centre, Dubai
Landmark Near Coco's Restaurant.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 2954645


Ground floor, Dubai Festival City, Dubai
Landmark Opposite of Costa Cofee.
P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 2325950

Adidas Emerging Market (L L C) Br

P.O.BOX 32512, Dubai.
Tel: 04 2325691


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Address: P.O. Box 45777, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates