I’ve been passing the 3 million square meter Cairo Festival City in New Cairo for the past few years on 90 Street, watching them making progress on the construction site, willing them to finish. There were quite a few delays due to the political instability, but today Cairo Festival City finally opened its doors to the public. Exactly like Dubai Festival City in Dubai, it has a mall, an IKEA store — a first for Egypt –, plenty of landscape design, a Carrefour hypermarket and free outdoor parking. I was quite excited to attend the opening and couldn’t wait to see what it looked like.
You’ll ideally need a car to get to the mall, otherwise it’s going to be a long walk. There’s free outdoor parking and lots of spaces, over 6,500 of them. Once you drive in it really feels as though you’ve left the city of Cairo behind. The roads are wide, the buildings are the same level, and there’s so much greenery and space. There are also pavements around the parking lot. Although today was the official opening of Cairo Festival City, builders still had a lot of work to do paving paths, laying turf for the gardens , and marking spaces for cars.
There’s also an indoor car park for those who want access right next to the mall or Carrefour without walking too far.
And the IKEA store! Just standing in front of the iconic blue and yellow building made me feel as though I was back in Wembley in London, shopping for furniture.
Oval shaped, the mall is approximately 168,000 square meters. It’s conveniently located on the east side of the Ring Road in Greater Cairo, just a 15 minute drive from Cairo International Airport. The mall isn’t as luxuriously furnished as Sun City Mall, although also owned by the Al Futtaim group. It has a different style entirely; contemporary, practical for the hordes that will come through the doors.
But more importantly, there are over 300 stores in the 3 storey mall. There are also flagship stores, like Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, and of course IKEA.
Other features of Cairo Festival City Mall include what the mall boasts as “the region’s largest Kidzania, Egypt’s first edutainment destination as well as Magic Planet for the young visitors”. It also has a musical dancing fountain like the one in the Mall of Arabia in 6 October City, with an open terrace area for various restaurants.
Even if to some Cairo Festival City looks like just another mall, such a vast entertainment site is set to change the landscape of New Cairo and Cairo alike. Like the western side of Cairo, specifically 6 October City, the eastern side of Cairo finally gets a mega entertainment complex too .
Cairo Festival City
off 90 Street
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