IKEA will open to the public on Wednesday December 18. Within the mall will be 120 retail outlets including IKEA, Ace Hardware and Lulu Hypermarket, which will also be opening on the same date.
Conveniently located in Jebel Ali, the mall will be easily accessible to residents living in Dubai Marina and surrounding areas. Close to Sheikh Zayed Road, just past Ibn Battuta, the mall is part of Al-Futtaim’s new residential area, Wasl Gate.
The 64,800 square metre mall will have space for 120 shops, 40 cafes and restaurants as well as a 500-seat food court and a kids’ play centre. IKEA’s second Dubai location will be a 30,000 square metre megastore, which promises to ’embrace digital integration and allow for a more intuitive shopping experience for its customers’.
Ace Hardware will also be opening a 4,000 square metre concept store with 33,000 products available to customers. Lulu Hypermarket will have a large section dedicated to groceries, as well as sushi, pasta and pizza counters with seating area.
Timothy Earnest, Group Director of Al-Futtaim Malls, said: “Festival Plaza is built around its customers’ needs, which were identified through extensive research. So, this truly is a mall that directly addresses customer demand.”
Festival Plaza will be the first mall to open in Wasl Gate, giving residents convenient access to Al-Futtaim’s retail brands. Wasl Gate will offer apartments, townhouses, dining and retail businesses, with close links to Energy Metro Station, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Maktoum International Airport and Expo 2020.