What’s the area like? Old Dubai meets new Dubai in the sense that Garhoud – looking for a brief time like it might be left behind in Dubai’s relentless march south – is being given a new lease of life with developments such as the green and glossy 1,400 acre spread that is Festival City.
Amenities From schools to golf courses, megamalls to the trusty Irish Village, this is an area containing pretty much everything you’ll need. Garhoud boasts a Welcare hospital and should you feel the need to buy a new car, see Kylie perform live or set sail on the Creek, all such needs – and many more – can be catered for in Festival City. The newly-opened Elementa gallery in Dubai Airport Zone will also appease culture vultures.
Best for Those who like to be close to the airport or work in the area.
Pros Dubai’s one and only Ikea outlet at Festival Centre is magnet enough for some (others greeted the news of the Crown Plaza’s Belgian Beer Café with similar evangelical zeal). With the variety of what’s on offer, there’s something for everyone here – though beach lovers need not apply.
Cons A long way from ‘new Dubai’ down Marina way, this little trio on the wrong side of the Creek can, at times, feel a little remote. Endless building work, particularly in the streets around the Aviation Club, is a daily (and nightly) nuisance for those anywhere near hearing distance. Earplugs essential.