Dubai Festival City doubles presence

Dubai Festival City (DFC) has doubled the size of its stand for ATM 2005 in a bid to find more partners to operate its forthcoming leisure and hospitality ventures.

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By  Robbie Greenfield Published  May 5, 2005

Dubai Festival City (DFC) has doubled the size of its stand for ATM 2005 in a bid to find more partners to operate its forthcoming leisure and hospitality ventures. “The growth in our participation is in line with the extensive progress made on the development, and the increasing role we see this waterfront destination playing in the tourism aspirations of Dubai,” says Bassem Terkawi, public relations and events manager, DFC. The project is to unveil a double-storey stand specially designed for ATM to reflect the diversity of its hospitality and leisure offerings. “We are currently in negotiations with a number of possible partners to operate leisure facilities at DFC and we hope to use ATM 2005 to solidify commitment and announce new agreements,” explains Terkawi. DFC has already agreed partnerships with Intercontinental Hotels Group and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for two properties on the development. Foundation work is in progress on the InterContinental DFC. The 450-room hotel and convention centre, which will overlook the project’s Festival Centre, will also feature executive apartments and 3,000m² of conference and banqueting facilities. The waterfront Four Seasons Hotel Dubai, which will open in the first half of 2007, will have 250 rooms, a destination spa, five restaurants and a range of business facilities. In addition, the Four Seasons Golf & Country Club will open in early 2006 and incorporate the Al Badia golf course, spa and leisure activities.

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