Friday, April 27, 2007

Al Badia Residence and Marsa Al Khor in Dubai Festival City

The mega project, Dubai Festival City, which is being constructed covering 1300 acres of land alongside Dubai Creek, is all set to cater to the needs of millions of tourists and 70,000 residents, and is due for completion by 2015. On completion, the Festival City will have 21,000 luxury units, which will be home for 70,000 people. The developers, Al Futaim group, currently have no intention of selling the units and are planning to rent out the units.

The Al Badia Hillside Village, which is basically a 1400-unit complex, features apartments with one, two or three bedrooms and townhouses with three or four bedrooms. These are likely to be ready by September 2007, latest. Here, the residents can enjoy the Al Areesh Club that includes swimming pool, tennis courts, medical center, bistro, supermarket and gym.

The Al Badia Residences, the phase one of which was already completed during 2005, comprises a community with 39 townhouses and more than 200 apartments. The Phase two development includes two and three bedroom apartments and town homes with three or four bedrroms in Mediterranean style. It has similar facilities as in Al Badia Hillside Village, and the third phase is due for completion by 2008.

Marsa Al Khor, is a waterfront community with a capacity to accommodate 14,000 people in its high-rises and takes the form of a residential extension from the Marsa Al Khor Office Park. These one to four bedroom luxury apartments are fully under the management of Inter-Continental Hotel. The Marza Plaza, apart from featuring a 900meter beach, will also have several shopping centers, restaurants and other services.

The Festival Waterfront and Festival Power Center, on completion, will feature 550 shops, Ikea Center and HyperPanda supermarket among twenty other anchor stores. It also includes the Dubai Gold Market place between the Power Centres and Waterfront.

The thirty storey Festival Tower will have 530,000sq ft of office space, and connects the Festival Waterfront Center, Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental hotels with a parking space for 13000 vehicles. The Intercontinental hotel with 501 rooms, and Crowne Plaza with 316 rooms will be the first hotels of Festival City, and are connected by the Waterfront Center.

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