Parking at Ikea is a nightmare at the weekends (much like the shop itself), but there are usually a few spaces on the second floor of the basement car park.
This mall is our culinary favorite thanks to the Marina Pavilion. Jamie’s Italian serves hearty food and Entrecote does gorgeous steaks with grape. In the mall, families will love Spur steakhouse.
We hate to say it, but flat-pack furniture warehouse Ikea really has to be considered this mall’s main draw.
We’ve already mentioned Ikea, and we also like new Spanish and Italian-focused multi-brand boutique The Fashion Net, although the mall doesn’t have any other stand-outs.
There’s a bowling alley, a Fitness First gym and, when the weather’s not too hot, a mini fairground Snore.
Festival City used to have a captive market: those who lived too far from Mall of the Emirates, but not quite close enough to Deira City Centre: But it’s now flanked by Mirdif City Centre and The Dubai Mall, meaning it!s lost some of its audience.
Outdoorsy : Dubai Festival Centre features a lot of natural light and high ceilings, as well as a marina, so it’s the place to go if you need to hit the mall but wish you were actually outside.