Magical Festive Market is Coming to Dubai Festival City Mall!

Dubai’s Most Magical Festive Market is Coming to Dubai Festival City Mall!
The official arrival of Santa Claus on a chopper, the first snowfall in Dubai, an exceptionally festive light and laser show, and an unimaginable number of festive food and fun awaits at Dubai Festival City Mall’s Festive Market

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 November 2018: As the festive season nears, Dubai Festival City Mall has a surprise for families and shoppers. On Thursday, 6th December, Santa Claus and his elves will arrive at Dubai Festival City Mall from the North Pole, and they are bringing with them Dubai’s most magical Festive Market! Taking place at Festival Bay, this is a one-of-a-kind Festive Market, and a must-see event this holiday season.
Starting from Thursday, 6th December and running until Tuesday, 25th December, Festival Bay will be completely transformed for the festivities. Dubai Festival City Mall invites you to join the opening evening festivities on Thursday, 6th December, when Santa and his elves arrive at 6:00 pm at the Dubai Festival City Mall helipad. A larger-than-life Christmas tree, visible all the way from Business Bay Bridge, will be lit up at the official tree lighting ceremony, followed by holiday carolling, festive-themed IMAGINE shows, and most exciting of all – the very first snowfall at Festival Bay!
The Festive Market also features daily meet and greets with Santa from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm on weekdays and 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm on weekends, daily hourly snowfall alongside the special festive IMAGINE show starting after sunset, delicious food, activities for kids, carnival rides and more.
The Dubai Festival City Mall Festive Market opening event takes place on Thursday, 6th December from 5:30 pm onwards at Festival Bay. Entry is free and open to the public.
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Notes to Editors:
About Dubai Festival City Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall, is one of the major shopping destinations in Dubai. With over 400 outlets, the mall is home to Dubai’s only IKEA, renowned fashion brands like Zara, H&M, TopShop, Coach, DKNY, Kate Spade and for the first time in the Middle East, luxury Singaporean department store, Robinsons. The dining destination offers iconic waterfront Dining on Festival Bay, 56 restaurants and café, the largest Food Court in Dubai and first to market F&B concepts like Serendipity 3, Sugar Factory, Tortilla, and the Middle East’s only Hard Rock Café. The entertainment venue offers a 7-star 18-Screen Novo Cinemas with 4D IMAX, a 70,000 sq. ft. family entertainment centre, Fabyland and Festival City’s newest addition the global attraction IMAGINE.

IMAGINE is a two-time record-breaking attraction, which is a spectacular water, laser, light show showing daily on the iconic, Festival Bay. It harnesses the power of light, water, and fire, combined with giant aqua screens, 30 lasers and fountains and surround sound to connect with audiences and produce a show like never seen before. IMAGINE holds the Guinness World Records for the largest water screen projection and the largest permanent projection mapping.

Festival Bay, is the ‘most instagrammable sunset in Dubai’, meets the waters of the historic Dubai Creek. There are over 15 waterfront dining options at Festival Bay, some of which include, Cheesecake Factory, Eataly, Turkish Village and authentic Emirati cuisine at Al Fanar.

Dubai Festival City Mall visitors will discover over 7,000 parking spaces, valet parking services, two taxi ranks, VIP Valet, personal styling, and the traditional dhow cruises.

Festival City Mall has full accessibility via water being located in Dubai Creek Harbour, with RTA Water Taxis departing every hour from Festival Bay.

For more information on Dubai Festival City Mall, please visit

About Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City is an established mixed-use destination developed by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate that has been designed to capture the cosmopolitan and rich spirit of Dubai.
Featuring alongside a 3.3-kilometre creek, Dubai Festival City is a fully integrated mega project which has been carefully master planned to offer a superior lifestyle destination with outstanding facilities, comprising residential (Marsa Plaza, Al Badia Residences and Al Badia Hillside) and commercial space and educational institutions, and a family-friendly sports and social destination, Al Areesh Club.
Within Dubai Festival City sits the landmark 2.5million sq.ft urban retail destination, Dubai Festival City Mall – home to Guinness World Record holder and cutting-edge daily attraction, IMAGINE as well as IKEA and the only Hard Rock Café in the Middle East. The mall also offers almost 400 world class retailers, 75 restaurants – many of which feature waterfront dining and some of Dubai’s most photographed sunset vistas.

Additionally, Dubai Festival City also encompasses two five-star hotels – Intercontinental Dubai Festival City and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City to fully complement the signature retail, leisure and entertainment proposition.

For more information on Dubai Festival City, please visit

About Al-Futtaim
Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim today, is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Structured into four operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail; employing more than 42,000 employees across 25 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands.

Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organisation to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day.

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For further inquiries, please contact:
Houri Elmayan
T 9714 3304030 E 404

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