Dubai, UAE

Dubai Festival City

5 Reviews
star 5
Master developer
Al-Futtaim Group
Dubai Festival City is a masterplanned district located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Festival City is a masterplanned district located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
star 5

Dubai Festival City receives an overall rating of 5 based on 5 reviews. We asked the residents to consider a variety of factors such as the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

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Dubai Festival City review, January 2017
Expensive but worth it
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Kristi
From Canada
Moved here in 2017, Living with spouse.
Positives
View, layout, high quality of build & finishes
Negatives
Storage space
My husband and I have lived here for a year and a half, and we absolutely love it. Marsa Plaza is a unique building with beautiful apartments. Ours is a spacious 2-bed with stunning views of the Creek and downtown, and the sunsets are amazing. It's one of few apartment more… buildings in Dubai with high quality finishes - despite the fact that the building is around 10 years old they still look modern and aren't falling apart. All rooms are a good size, and both bedrooms have hotel-like ensuite bathrooms. Our only complaint about the layout is the lack of any storage space. The built in wardrobes are so small that we're using the wardrobes in both bedrooms and have still had to purchase additional wardrobes, and we've been left with no space to store anything else. It's a pretty quiet building, although on weekends we have to contend with the inconsiderate muppets who like to race around the streets and rev their engines outside the building til the wee hours. I guess that happens everywhere though. Maintenance are on-site and very helpful if you have any issues, although thankfully we don't have too many issues. Security and concierge are friendly. There are a couple of restaurants and a convenience store on the ground level which are quite handy. We aren't really pool people, though the pools are nice. A lot more could be done with the pool area though - it's literally just a pool surrounded by a lot of empty space and a handful of old, falling apart lounge chairs with no cushions. The gym is OK, though I work out elsewhere because it's missing a couple of key items that I feel a gym should have. Traffic around the area is almost non-existent. Travelling in and around Festival City is easy, and access to Al Khail is a piece of cake via the Business Bay crossing. Parking in and around the building is ample. There is no public transport nearby. Overall, Marsa Plaza is a wonderful building to live in, and our few complaints are minor. I would highly recommend this building to anyone.Show less
My husband and I have lived here for a year and a half, and we absolutely love it. Marsa Plaza is a unique building with beautiful apartments. Ours is a spacious 2-bed with stunning views of the Creek and downtown, and the sunsets are amazing. It's one of few apartment buildings in Dubai with high quality finishes - despite the fact that the building is around 10 years old they still look modern and aren't falling apart. All rooms are a good size, and both bedrooms have hotel-like ensuite bathrooms. Our only complaint about the layout is the lack of any storage space. The built in wardrobes are so small that we're using the wardrobes in both bedrooms and have still had to purchase additional wardrobes, and we've been left with no space to store anything else. It's a pretty quiet building, although on weekends we have to contend with the inconsiderate muppets who like to race around the streets and rev their engines outside the building til the wee hours. I guess that happens everywhere though. Maintenance are on-site and very helpful if you have any issues, although thankfully we don't have too many issues. Security and concierge are friendly. There are a couple of restaurants and a convenience store on the ground level which are quite handy. We aren't really pool people, though the pools are nice. A lot more could be done with the pool area though - it's literally just a pool surrounded by a lot of empty space and a handful of old, falling apart lounge chairs with no cushions. The gym is OK, though I work out elsewhere because it's missing a couple of key items that I feel a gym should have. Traffic around the area is almost non-existent. Travelling in and around Festival City is easy, and access to Al Khail is a piece of cake via the Business Bay crossing. Parking in and around the building is ample. There is no public transport nearby. Overall, Marsa Plaza is a wonderful building to live in, and our few complaints are minor. I would highly recommend this building to anyone.
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Dubai Festival City review, January 2015
Marsa Plaza
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Gwen
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2015, Family with children.
Positives
The view
Negatives
Small kitchen
Ideal for professionals and small families. Quiet location on the creek but beautiful building.
Ideal for professionals and small families. Quiet location on the creek but beautiful building.
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Dubai Festival City review, November 2014
Dubai Festival City, Al Badia Residences
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Dana
From Canada
Moved here in 2013, Living alone.
Positives
Space, finishing, convenience of shops around
Negatives
No renting option, a bit quiet compared to downtown if you like noise
My apartment in Al Badia Residences was huge for a 1 bedroom apt. The garden was beautiful and spacious, and the area is gorgeous and very well taken care of. You can spend your morning having a nice jog around the beautiful compound. Al Areesh Club is also very nice, more… the swimming pool is big and the gym and facilities are great. I only moved out because they stopped renting the apartments and are only looking for buyers. If you're looking to buy great property, Al Badia is an amazing community and I highly recommend it.Show less
My apartment in Al Badia Residences was huge for a 1 bedroom apt. The garden was beautiful and spacious, and the area is gorgeous and very well taken care of. You can spend your morning having a nice jog around the beautiful compound. Al Areesh Club is also very nice, the swimming pool is big and the gym and facilities are great. I only moved out because they stopped renting the apartments and are only looking for buyers. If you're looking to buy great property, Al Badia is an amazing community and I highly recommend it.
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Al Badia Residences review, November 2014
A breath
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Peter
From India
Moved here in 2011, Family with children.
Positives
Open spaces, free parking for visitors, location
Negatives
Only free hold property
Open spaces, quiet neighbourhood along with quality property is not easy to find in Dubai anymore. All the more, within city limits. Al Badia (part of Dubai Festival City) has some of the best apartments you can find. The location and access roads are excellent, we seldom get in more… traffic or have challenges getting in or out of the community. With DFC Mall just a stone throw away, we have shopping and mall access open to us always. The best part of Al Badia is the quality of life it offers. The swimming pool, gym, kids play area, the jogging paths, the view of golf course makes living here such a pleasure. Unfortunately, DFC are in the process of moving all housing real estate into Free hold, meaning rent options are not available anymore. You will need to buy. If you have an appetite to purchase property, then DFC probably offers among the best options you can ever get in DubaiShow less
Open spaces, quiet neighbourhood along with quality property is not easy to find in Dubai anymore. All the more, within city limits. Al Badia (part of Dubai Festival City) has some of the best apartments you can find. The location and access roads are excellent, we seldom get in traffic or have challenges getting in or out of the community. With DFC Mall just a stone throw away, we have shopping and mall access open to us always. The best part of Al Badia is the quality of life it offers. The swimming pool, gym, kids play area, the jogging paths, the view of golf course makes living here such a pleasure. Unfortunately, DFC are in the process of moving all housing real estate into Free hold, meaning rent options are not available anymore. You will need to buy. If you have an appetite to purchase property, then DFC probably offers among the best options you can ever get in Dubai
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Al Badia Residences review, July 2014
DFC (Dubai Festival City) - The best community to live at
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Candice
From Asia
Moved here in 2011, Family with children.
Positives
Everything about DFC
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Dubai Festival City - Hillside Village is by far the best community we stayed at. Quality of finishing in the apartment is just above average, very high security, reliable 24 hours call centre, good maintenance team, great Landlord (Al Futtaim Group), accessibility to shopping mall, nearby schools and amazing amenities more… for the whole family at Al Areesh Club are few of the benefits of stating in Dubai Festival City! Road access to the business bay bridge, garhoud bridge, and Emirates Road will ease out getting stuck in traffic. If it's only up to us, we will definitely stay in this apartment for as long as we are here in Dubai, however the owner have decided to sell the apartments and we've been given 12 months' notice to vacate until end of this year. We have been here for the last 3 years, our apartment is 1+study, hall unit, but the area is about 1,700 sq ft, massive space for our 3 kids to play around indoor. We love this place and will definitely recommend the area to anyone who are looking to purchase apartment or villa. For more information on amenities you can check out some pictures that I've uploaded in our family blog http://www.theisaacsjournal.com/category/dubai/dubai-festival-city/ Just to clarify the reviews in the blog are my own and is not paid for by the management, so anything that I've written are honest and true recommendation about the propertyShow less
Dubai Festival City - Hillside Village is by far the best community we stayed at. Quality of finishing in the apartment is just above average, very high security, reliable 24 hours call centre, good maintenance team, great Landlord (Al Futtaim Group), accessibility to shopping mall, nearby schools and amazing amenities for the whole family at Al Areesh Club are few of the benefits of stating in Dubai Festival City! Road access to the business bay bridge, garhoud bridge, and Emirates Road will ease out getting stuck in traffic. If it's only up to us, we will definitely stay in this apartment for as long as we are here in Dubai, however the owner have decided to sell the apartments and we've been given 12 months' notice to vacate until end of this year. We have been here for the last 3 years, our apartment is 1+study, hall unit, but the area is about 1,700 sq ft, massive space for our 3 kids to play around indoor. We love this place and will definitely recommend the area to anyone who are looking to purchase apartment or villa. For more information on amenities you can check out some pictures that I've uploaded in our family blog http://www.theisaacsjournal.com/category/dubai/dubai-festival-city/ Just to clarify the reviews in the blog are my own and is not paid for by the management, so anything that I've written are honest and true recommendation about the property
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