Dubai Festival City’s Al Areesh Club in partnership with IFA Sport launches world-class junior football services


The partnership to kick off with Winter Football Camps from 13 to 31 December

Training sessions run by UEFA qualified coaches

Speedo Swimming Camps also available at Al Areesh Club during Winter Holidays

Dubai: In efforts to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle among its communities, Dubai Festival City, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s fully integrated destination, has partnered with IFA Football Academy to offer world-class football services at Al Areesh Club, the destination’s community club. IFA provision will include junior training sessions, holiday camps and games in addition to managing the newly refurbished 4G FIFA approved artificial football facility in Al Areesh Club.

To kick off this partnership, IFA are offering Winter Football Camps for children aged between 6 and 14, a great opportunity to keep active throughout the holiday period. Starting from 13th until 31st December 2020, the Winter Football Camps will be run by UEFA qualified coaches.

Each day of the camp focuses on a different aspect of football with themes such as ‘Stay On The Ball’, ‘Control Possession’, ‘Take Your Chance’ and ‘Win The Ball’. Players have the chance to test their skills in structured mini tournaments, undertake a series of skills challenges and receive comprehensive performance reviews at the end of the week to understand their progress. The camps are open Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm with prices rates starting AED  125 per class or AED 500 per week. For the safety of all participating members, strict safety measures will be implemented in-line with the current guidelines set by the authorities.  

Speaking about the partnership, Samer Zabian, Director – Mixed Use Residential and Commercial Property, Al Futtaim Group Real Estate said: “Our partnership with IFA Sport will allow us to facilitate the launch of a series of initiatives aimed at improving the health of the Dubai Festival City community and engaging our residents and visitors in fun activities. We are thrilled to be able to provide world-class sports services to our communities and encourage them to engage their children in instructive and entertaining programmes such as the ones this partnership will offer.

Launched in 2004 in Dubai and with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of sports services, IFA has successfully delivered coaching, leagues, playing facilities and more to over 10,000 players in this time, with over 1,000 children playing in their academies or leagues. 

Tommy Wingrove, Technical Director at IFA Sport added, ‘’IFA Football Camps are designed to give players the opportunity to progressively develop their football skills in a fun and positive environment.  With schools being off, the five-day camps will give players an opportunity to learn about all areas of the game under the guidance of the vastly experienced UEFA qualified coaching team.  We are excited about our partnership with Dubai Festival City and look forward to many such opportunities in the future aimed at encouraging a healthy lifestyle amongst the community members.’’

In addition to the Winter Football Camps, IFA will launch the second term of their award-winning junior football coaching programme in Jan 2021. 

Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate will also be introducing Speedo Swim sessions  during the same holiday period, which will be available at Al Areesh Club Sunday to Thursday from 3 pm to 7 pm at rates starting AED 100 per class or AED 475 per week. 

About Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate:

The real estate development and operations arm of Al-Futtaim, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate is responsible for the origination, conception, development, procurement and construction of mega projects and the leasing and operation of these projects after completion.

Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate develops and operates an extensive multi-million-dollar portfolio of individual corporate real estate and investment assets across the Middle East and North Africa region.

The current flagship mixed-use urban communities under the Festival City brand are Dubai Festival City, Cairo Festival City and Doha Festival City.

Dubai Festival City and Cairo Festival City are fully integrated communities which have been carefully master planned to offer a superior lifestyle destination with outstanding facilities, comprising residential and commercial accommodation, educational institutions and five-star hotels to fully complement the signature retail, leisure and entertainment proposition.

About Dubai Festival City:

Dubai Festival City is an established mixed-use destination developed by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, which 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 (Festival Tower) and educational institutions (Universal American School and Deira International School), 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 and the recently opened Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City to fully complement the signature retail, leisure and entertainment proposition.

A sought-after destination for residents, investors and stakeholders, Dubai Festival City delivers exceptional lifestyle experiences that have shaped the real estate landscape and continues to reinforce Dubai’s position as a global hub for business, education, tourism, leisure and entertainment. 

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 five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and health; employing more than 42,000 employees across 29 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 organization 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. For more information visit: