Festival Plaza mall opens on December 18: here are all of the stores you will find there

There's an Ikea of course, but also a Marks & Spencer, a Pan Emirates and a LuLu

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 26th, 2019: Sneak peek of the new IKEA store in Festival Plaza with a behind-the-scenes tour, preview of new offers, and business update ahead of the grand opening in December. Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at Festival Plaza, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Festival Plaza mall near Jebel Ali and Ibn Battuta Mall will open next Wednesday, December 18.

The mall, which sits just beside Sheikh Zayed Road, will be home to the UAE's largest Ikea: this is Dubai's second Ikea. The first is in Festival City near Garhoud, and there's also an Ikea on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

While the Ikea is certainly its flagship, the mall will feature plenty of other stores. Festival Plaza is part of the under-construction Wasl Gate community, which will eventually feature townhouses, apartments and futher retail spaces: the area also has good access to the Dubai Metro, being close to the Energy Metro Station.

So what stores will you find in Festival Plaza? 

Here are the stores you'll find there when it open on Wednesday, December 18

Lulu Hypermarket: the major supermarket chain sells basically everything you could ever need groceries-wise.

Pan Emirates: A solid interiors store with a range of affordable furniture, worth exploring.

Marks & Spencer: the British chain is the ultimate 'feel-like-you're-back-home' store for UK expats.

Ikea: see inside the new Ikea, which features Swedish steps, here.

Kare: a unique German furniture brand that dates back to 1981. The pieces here have a high-design feel.

Keventers: A milkshake store from India, the roots of which wind back to a dairy farm in Aligarh in 1889.

Tim Hortons: Canadian donut and coffee store.

Zaatar w zeit: A classic Lebanese fast food chain (founded in 1999). We're huge fans of the spizy chicken wrap.

Arabian Oud: A perfume chain founded in 1982.

Jawhara Jewellery: A fourth-generation Dubai jeweller that dates back to 1907.

Sumo Sushi: One of the UAE's first sushi chains.

Al Jaber Optical: An opticians and glasses store.

Stressless: A Scandinavian store that specialises in recliners.

Mumuso: A store that sells beauty products and the like from South Korea, Japan, Thailand and China.

Rivoli EyeZone: Another optometrist.

Caffe Nero: A coffee chain founded in the UK in 1997.

Dunkin Donuts: Fast fact, this donut store sells so much coffee in the US that the only chain that outstrips its market share is Starbucks.

Peppermill: Great Indian food, also found in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Festival City.

Hour Choice: A watch store selling Rado, Boss, Tissot and more.

Wow: A woman's beauty salon.

Super trim ladies salon: Good for quick haircuts.

Toys R Us: Huge toy store chain.

Art of Shaving: Sells men's grooming products, founded in Manhattan in 1996.

Just Accessories: Jewellery, trinkets and gifts.

Stay and Play: A soft play area where parents can leave their little ones.

Other food options: Cinnabon, Seattle's Best Coffee, Dennys, Tony Romas, Jamaica Blue, Sultan Baba, Popeyes, Baskin Robbins, Pizza Hut, KFC, Movenpick, Hardees