Festival Plaza Celebrates DSS With 10 Weeks of Free Family-Friendly Activities


Dubai: With Dubai’s annual popular shopping festival, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) just around the corner, Festival Plaza, part of Al-Futtaim Malls is excited to announce that it will bringing a Summer Paradise to its friendly neighbourhood mall with a host of free-to-attend activities for adults and children alike.  

From Thursday 1st July to Saturday 4th September, Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali will be offering a jam-packed schedule to keep the whole family entertained. Ranging from fun-filled play zones, where children and adults will be able to get creative with wall art – think giant crayons, to a fabulous kids Summer Camp throughout July offering a range of workshops such as gardening, courtesy of popular home store ACE, reading sessions in partnership with Booktopia, as well as painting, ceramic work and cupcake and donut decorating. Plus, Festival Plaza will be hosting science experiments, special LEGO workshops and offering little ones the opportunity to collect their own colouring version of the Summer Camp calendar from the Festival Plaza customer service desk or download it from dubaifestivalplaza.com. Stay tuned for more surprises and live performance announcements on the Festival Plaza social media page @dubaifestivalplaza for ongoing weekend DIY workshops for children. 

For adults looking to join in with the fun too, Festival Plaza will be offering a selection of workouts not to be missed including Pilates, BollyHIIT and Bhangra HIIT every Friday and Saturday from 8th July to 31st July in partnership with The PAD Fitness. Whilst August will see the mall team up with Gymnation for HIIT, free weight cardio, Zumba and more on 5th August to 28th August from Thursday to Saturday. And if this wasn’t enough, Festival Plaza in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council and Return to Racing will be hosting its much-loved Summer Running Series once again. Taking place on Friday 16th July, and Friday 20th August from 7am onwards, runners of ages 5 and above will be able to participate in a 2.5km and a 5km indoor Summer run by registering online at www.dubaifestivalplaza.com. Upon crossing the finishing line and receiving a medal with a prize ceremony, participants will then be able to feast on a complimentary breakfast from popular Swedish retailer IKEA and enjoy exclusive promotions across various outlets at the mall.

And for those looking for a light refreshment to complete their mall visit, Festival Plaza will be handing out free delicious edible surprises and Summer flavours throughout DSS during the weekend from the mall’s very own musical ice cart, so there is no excuse but to indulge!

David Huesser, Director Asset Management Al-Futtaim Malls said: “DSS is about bringing the community together to enjoy entertainment, amazing deals and fun for the whole family, which we are thrilled to be able to offer at Festival Plaza. We know many might not have the opportunity to travel back home this year or go on holiday, so we are delighted to offer endless fun for the whole family to enjoy with a range of fantastic free activities and great savings for shoppers all under one roof.”

Festival Plaza is your home away from home and your holiday away from a holiday. 

Located at Jebel Ali, Festival Plaza is within close proximity of Al Furjan and Jebel Ali Village as well as minutes away from Marina, The Palm, JLT, Jumeirah Park and Islands, Tecom and Discovery Gardens. Festival Plaza offers a complimentary shuttle bus service every 20 minutes from Energy and Ibn Batutta Metro Stations, as well as Ibn Battuta RTA bus station, making it easier than ever to get to and from the mall. Whilst a hala pick up point is located outside the community mall entrance.

All athletes and spectators, over the age of 16 particpating in the Indoor Summer Running series, should have fully completed both COVID-19 vaccination doses 14 days before taking part in the event. Furthermore adherence to 2 meter social distancing rules and wearing a mask at all times (unless engaged in a sports activity). For venue admission, athletes and spectators will need to present the ALHOSN app or vaccination card.

About Festival Plaza:

Opened in December 2019, Festival Plaza is Al-Futtaim’s latest local community shopping project. The huge retail precinct covers 64,800 square metres and serves as a convenient and local lifestyle destination at the centre of the upcoming Wasl Gate community. Bringing to life a new and exciting growth corridor, South Dubai, the project will appeal mainly to the nearby communities including Jebel Ali, Al Furjan, Dubai Marina and commuters from neighbouring Abu Dhabi.

The shopping destination is home to much-loved flagship stores including IKEA, M&S, ACE,  a new concept store from Lulu Hypermarket and the premium Al Futtaim’s Health clinic – Tashafi & Lutetia. The neighbourhood destination is also host to the second and biggest IKEA store in Dubai, spread over a huge 30,000 square metres with an added focus on sustainability and an international training centre for IKEA employees. 

These stores are joined by over an additional 120 others, as well as complimented by a 500-seat food court, over 40 dining and eating options, a Stay and Play offering and over 2,300 parking spaces.  With a multitude of retail, dining and entertainment options, Festival Plaza serves as a convenient and family lifestyle mall easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, fifteen minutes from Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and a few minutes away from RTA Energy Metro Station. 

About Al-Futtaim:

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group 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 in more than 20 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.