Dubai Festival Waterfront Centre
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2007
- Total Building Area: 204,388 sq m.
The Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum created a vision to make Dubai an international destination. In keeping with the vision, Al Futtaim Investments approached Jerde to master plan Dubai Festival City, the largest tourism and commercial project in the Middle East. Jerde's plan for the project, which spans four kilometers along the Dubai Creek, was inspired by the site’s convergence of desert and sea and used the natural elements of water and desert to organize its six districts. One of those districts, Festival Waterfront Centre, was designed by Jerde as the resort-style communal center of Dubai Festival City. Festival Waterfront Centre, which is the only waterfront retail and entertainment center in Dubai, uses water to provide a sense of movement, excitement and refreshment. Key pedestrian paths and gathering spaces are organized along the water, creating a new center of energy that is envisioned to inform future development that will connect to downtown Dubai. To reinforce Festival Waterfront Centre as a new center of energy along Dubai Creek, Jerde designed the project to interpret energy on the water. Its key areas—a marina, high-end retail, canal-front dining, shopping, and boulevard—are organized in five arcing and radiating paths that recall ripples on the water. Festival Waterfront Centre is the largest retail and entertainment development in Dubai with 600 shops, more than 100 restaurants, 12-screen cinema, and other entertainment venues. Its size, unique location, and design have helped attract many new retailers, including including Anne Klein, Danier, Guru, Lancel, Lamarthe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marccain, Nougat of London, Sephora and Paul Frank.
- Open/Public Space