SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
MALLS IN DUBAI MARINA
There is yet to be an area in Dubai that doesn’t have a mall for you to get your shopping fix. Dubai Marina Mall, located conveniently on Sheikh Zayed Road, offers residents a variety of retail options, covering everything from high-street fashion, retail stores, a supermarket and more. There is also a Reel Cinemas in Dubai Marina Mall.
JBR’s The Beach mall is also close to the marina, offering residents an outdoorsy and off-beat shopping experience. There is a smaller selection of luxury fashion brands and speciality stores in this mall.
RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI MARINA
Living in Dubai Marina will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to food. Dubai Marina Walk is lined with al fresco cafés and restaurants with delicious cuisines from all over the world to entice your taste buds. There is also a wide variety of casual restaurants in Dubai Marina, along with fine dining options and nightspots. The area attracts visitors from all over the city, the Dubai Marina restaurants are often packed on the weekends.
Dining at one of the seven fine-dining restaurants in the hugely popular Pier 7 is an absolute must. The stunning circular building offers pretty views of the Dubai skyline and has a different restaurant on each of its seven floors – a culinary adventure that you just can’t miss! Also popular is the luxury hotel, Grosvenor House, that offers the best selection of fine-dining restaurants in Dubai Marina.
There are many bars in Dubai Marina, popular bars are located near the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. A few options are Shades, Cargo Dubai and Atelier M. The area has a little bit of everything for you to choose from.
BEACHES NEAR DUBAI MARINA
To indulge in watersports, Dubai Marina residents can head to JBR Beach. This popular beach is easily accessible from most towers in Dubai Marina via Dubai Tram. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities including water sports, parasailing, banana boating, and wakeboarding. The other open beach is over in Jumeirah, which is a 30-minute drive away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
A major part of the appeal for those living in Dubai Marina is the waterfront lifestyle and everything it represents. Apart from taking in the stunning views, visitors will never run out of things to do in Dubai Marina as it has plenty on offer to entertain you. To experience a little of the sea life around which the Marina is built, you can head down to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and charter a yacht. The club also offers numerous outlets for watersports enthusiasts, including fishing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, flyboarding and more.
For those looking to explore Dubai Marina, or simply partake in fun activities over the weekend, The Yellow Boats is an excellent option. With a booth on the Marina, you can go on a sightseeing tour, cruising around the stunning Palm Jumeirah and the awe-inspiring skyline of Dubai Marina. They also organise corporate and group tours, as well as yacht charter services.
For a more luxurious experience on the marina, guests can opt for a dhow cruise. Dhow cruises in Dubai Marina are a popular way to sightsee and enjoy dinner over the water.
Dubai Marina Mall also offers multiple leisure activities including a Little Explorers children’s activity centre. It regularly hosts free indoor events for children during the summer months. Another option is Dubai Marina Walk which hosts a popular outdoor market in cooler months, where visitors can shop for unique and off-beat goods.
Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall is where cinema-goers can catch the latest movies, and sometimes even football matches aired on the big screen. Reel Cinemas offers one of the best cinema experiences in the city and if you live in Dubai Marina, you will come to love the fact that you have a cinema nearby.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Dubai Marina Walk is not only lined with eateries but also offers residents a great outdoor area for long walks, evening runs and even cycling. The 7-km promenade has bike rental stations where you can rent a bicycle in Dubai Marina to take in beautiful views of the yachts moored at the marina as you cycle. Quad bikes for children are also available on Dubai Marina Walk, the little ones can enjoy a ride along the Marina too.
For fitness enthusiasts, Dubai Marina offers a variety of gyms and work-out studios to pick from. Popular options are SUP Fit a water-based workout gym and TribeFIT which is known to be a social gym with events for its members In cooler months, you can also head out for early morning yoga sessions at JBR Beach. Most residential towers in Dubai Marina also have state-of-the-art gym equipment for you to get a quick workout closer to home.
The community is complete with upscale spas and salons for the chic and sophisticated. The Spa, located in The Address Dubai Marina is a favourite, along with Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Palm Jumeirah.
Dubai Marina has several community events held throughout the year. Its developer Emaar holds children’s events along Marina Walk to keep the little ones happy and entertained. Along with this, the cooler months are usually buzzing with outdoor craft markets held at the marina promenade, featuring handicrafts and speciality products by local small business owners.
Numerous hotels in and around Dubai Marina host Iftars and Suhoors in Ramadan. These events are held in beautifully decorated Ramadan tents that reflect the tradition and heritage of this holy month. In addition to several restaurants in Dubai Marina, offering special Iftar meals, the popular Address Dubai Marina also sets up an Iftar tent every year. During Eid, residents can look forward to a dazzling display of fireworks along the shore of JBR.
Dubai Harbour is set to open in October 2020 in Dubai Marina. It will be the first-ever dedicated cruise port in the region. Dubai Harbour is located at the intersection of Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters Island. It is a project by Meeras.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
While living in Dubai Marina has its perks, there are a few things to know before you decide to move to this neighbourhood. There are mild inconveniences in the neighbourhood, mostly for those who drive. Despite being one of the most well-connected areas in Dubai in terms of public transport, the roads in Dubai Marina tend to get congested, especially during rush hour. Similarly, public parking spaces are limited, those visiting friends or family in Marina might be better off taking a cab or catching a metro ride instead.
FAQS ABOUT DUBAI MARINA
CAN YOU WALK AROUND DUBAI MARINA?
Yes, of course, you can walk around Dubai Marina. It is one of the most pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods in Dubai. It also has a waterfront promenade called Dubai Marina Walk which is popular for walking, strolling, jogging and running.
IS DUBAI MARINA WORTH VISITING?
It is definitely worth visiting for the many hotels, restaurants and attractions that make up the community. Dubai Marina is known as the ‘tallest block in the world’, many of the buildings are a minimum height of 820 ft., (250 metres). The high-rise skyscrapers offer breathtaking views of the emirate and its skyline. Marina Walk and Dubai Marina Mall are the main attractions in the area. Dubai Marina is also close to the busy area of JBR.
WHEN WAS DUBAI MARINA BUILT?
Dubai Marina was built in 2003 but the area is still not yet complete. There are many developments that will be completed in the near future.
HOW DO YOU GET TO DUBAI MARINA?
If you’re using the metro then you can get off at the DAMAC Properties Metro Station on the Red Line of the Dubai Marina. From here you can tour the area or use the Dubai Tram to go to JBR, Dubai Marina Mall or other parts of Dubai Marina. If you’re travelling by car then Al Marsa Street leads directly to the area. You can merge onto Al Marsa Street from Interchange No 5 on Sheikh Zayed Road (E11).
IS DUBAI MARINA MAN-MADE?
Dubai Marina is the world’s largest man-made marina