Living in Dubai has its ups and downs, while the malls will always be every shopaholic’s paradise, it can get tiring too. In search of new things to do, I soon found myself…at another mall. This time, at the Dubai Festival City. Thankfully, aside from the usual shops, it also has a lovely promenade and marina where you can see the yachts of the rich and famous.
After living in Dubai for a while I was diagnosed with what the locals call as “Acute Mall Fatigue”. I searched for the cure far and wide wherein most of my searches resulted to dust (pun intended). Having been to several places, I’m so glad I found this location.
Dubai Festival City is another mall among hundreds of other shopping malls in Dubai, a city where you can make a lot of money and spend it all in a snap just like in Singapore where shopping is our favorite national pastime. During the summer when the temperatures can reach 50 degrees, the malls serve as a cool refuge against the heat.
But Dubai Festival City is no ordinary mall as it is situated on a glorious location. Part of this mall is a lovely promenade and has a marina for the luxury yachts of Dubai’s rich (and i mean RICH) and famous.
No matter how much money you make, one look at this marina and the yachts will make you realize that you still have a loooong way to go to get to where they are.
It’s a beautiful location where you can enjoy long lunches and sip a cup or two of coffee at one of the many restaurants while enjoying the view. It definitely makes for a much needed break after your tiring shopping spree.
It’s more enjoyable to walk around in Dubai during the winter (yes, we do experience a very nice winter season for about four months). But back to Dubai Festival City, at one end of the mall you will find a small carnival where you can enjoy different rides. The carnival makes a great location for some slow shutter or “B” mode lomographs, which you may opt to do when you visit the marina.