A four-bedroom penthouse in the heart of Dubai. With almost every square foot of that luxurious space offering spectacular views of the Dubai Creek.

Without doubt, a chance to view and explore this splendid penthouse at Marsa Plaza, in the sprawling Dubai Festival City, was one reason a bunch of excited Friday readers got together last week.

The other reason was the masterclass that was being conducted in the penthouse by Namisha Uttamachandani, design director at Serendipity Interiors in Dubai. Well-known in the interior design space, Namisha was at hand to offer plenty of tips to eager listeners and took time to answer their queries on all things related to design once the readers took a tour of the penthouse.

A holistic family-friendly destination in the heart of Dubai, Dubai Festival City is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in the city. Home to Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s flagship integrated development, it boasts a perfectly balanced mix of offerings including residential, commercial, retail, leisure and hospitality, and is perfectly aligned to Dubai’s vision to be a city of future enhancing resident’s quality of life and happiness. That last one – happiness – was clearly visible on the faces of the masterclass guests the moment they set foot in the tastefully done up penthouse in Marsa Plaza.

With floor-to-ceiling windows in bedrooms and the hall overlooking the creek, the views are truly calming and exhilarating.

"I can just imagine the views from here in the evenings," said one of the participants who spent more time admiring and photographing the Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline in the distance and the boats in the creek than on the masterclass mood board.

Marsa Plaza offers more than just luxurious apartments. It also has a multitude of lifestyle facilities, 24-hour security, dry cleaning service, a well-stocked convenience store, salons for men and women. This majestic building is also home to Intercontinental Residences and Suites for long- and short-term stays with a host of F&B offerings at its restaurants and café.

Then of course, there’s the Dubai Festival City Mall within walking distance, as well as 3 world renowned hotels, 2 international schools and a social club.

A contemporary residential tower, Marsa Plaza offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses that come with a choice of exquisite lifestyle amenities including two levels of basement parking.

Back in the penthouse, the wave-like shape of the living area and cozy bedrooms flanking its either sides, elevate the living experience while offering a warm and welcoming ambience to the apartment.

It was in this setting that Namisha conducted the masterclass and if the reactions of the participants were anything to go by, they truly enjoyed the event.

"It is wonderful to be part of this masterclass in this luxurious penthouse at the heart of the city," said Mavis Anne, getting busy with her moodboard.

Two Friday readers – Annabelle Wiliams and Feroz Sharafudeen – received gift hampers from Dubai Festival City for the most creative moodboards.

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