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Dubai Marina

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HIGHLIGHTS

ABOUT DUBAI MARINA

Dubai Marina is the most popular area for buying apartments in the UAE, generating the highest number of user searches according to Bayut’s 2019 Dubai Real Estate Market Report. The Dubai Marina area is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Dubai. This impressive community boasts luxury skyscrapers, a huge range of dining and entertainment options and best of all, it offers urban waterfront living to its residents.

IN A NUTSHELL

  • Over 200 luxurious residential towers including the distinctive Cayan Tower, known locally as “the twisting tower”
  • Predominantly an apartment community, but also features villas
  • Great waterfront views from most buildings
  • Residential apartments boast luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities
  • Hosts community events throughout the year
  • Home to Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Walk and other attractions

NEIGHBOURHOOD

COMMUNITY OVERVIEW

Dubai Marina is a meticulously-planned community, complete with a seamless network of roads and a picturesque marina, filled with luxury yachts. It is a true testament to master developer, Emaar Properties, who turned a 3.5 km strip of shoreline into a 52 million+ sq. ft. modern neighbourhood that offers a chic Riviera-style lifestyle. A pivotal feature of this multi-purpose neighbourhood is the large canal, it stretches over 3.5 km providing access to the sea on both ends. Potential residents can choose from an assortment of luxurious apartments in high-rise buildings, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the marina.

PROPERTIES IN DUBAI MARINA

There are more than 200 residential towers in Dubai Marina, each offering spectacular views of the city and the harbour. Dubai Marina is known as the ‘tallest block in the world’ and many of the Dubai Marina buildings are part of Dubai’s iconic skyline.

Living in Dubai Marina offers residents a vibrant community lifestyle. It is geared towards apartment living, although there are also a limited number of state-of-the-art podium villas to pique the interest of investors who are interested in purchasing villas in Dubai Marina.

Apartments for rent in Dubai Marina vary from studios, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, all the way up to luxurious penthouses with 5 or more bedrooms.

Prices for rental studios in Dubai Marina start from AED 34k whereas 1-bedroom apartments for rent are available in the price range of AED 40k to AED 145k. The larger 2-bedroom apartments in Dubai Marina can be rented from a starting price of AED 63k, yearly. The annual rent for 3-bedroom apartments ranges between AED 85k to AED 500k.

Slightly rarer to find are the deluxe units coming in configurations of 4 and 5-beds. Dubai Marina is one of the few neighbourhoods with large apartments sizes. These are luxury units that come with their own unique amenities, such as separate areas for the house help, breathtaking views, private pools, elevators and more. The average rental price for 4-bed flats is AED 250k, annually. 5-bedroom penthouses are mainly found in Princess Tower, they can cost anywhere from AED 260k to AED 675k per annum.

The neighbourhood also offers spacious 2 to 5-bedroom villas for rent. A 3-bedroom villa can be rented for AED 190k to AED 320k for a year. Average rental prices for a 4-bed house in Dubai Marina is AED 389k. The annual rent for a 5-bedroom villa ranges between AED 390k to AED 750k.

Dubai Marina has several freehold property projects, giving expats and foreign investors full ownership of the property purchased. In case you are interested in buying an apartment in Dubai Marina, the sale prices for studio apartments start from AED 430k while 1-bedroom apartments for sale in Dubai Marina range from AED 500k to AED 2.8M. The average price for 2-bed flats for sale is AED 1.77M, while freehold 3-bed units cost AED 2.8M on average.

Those looking to buy 4-bed units can find that prices range from AED 1.5M to AED 25M. The higher-end priced units are normally furnished serviced apartments. 5-bed penthouses for sale in Dubai Marina are priced for an average of AED 7.6M, the size of these units range from 3,617 sq. ft. to 15,320 sq. ft. Apartment prices rise up to AED 56M for those luxurious penthouses in Dubai Marina.

BEST HOTELS IN DUBAI MARINA

Dubai Marina has so much in and near the neighbourhood, this makes it a hotspot for tourists and residents alike. We have rounded up a list of the best hotels in Dubai Marina.

  • Address Dubai Marina
  • Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
  • La Verda Suites & Villa
  • Grosvenor House

The Address Dubai Marina is a 5-star hotel which is directly linked to Dubai Marina Mall. All suites and rooms come with views of the stunning marina and access to many luxurious amenities such as a spa, fitness centre, infinity pool and more.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa is another 5-star resort overlooking the marina. The hotel offers temperature-controlled swimming pools and tennis courts as sports amenities for guests. Those looking for dining options can visit the 14 outlets in the hotel itself or take a short walk down to JBR.

La Verda Suites & Villa is a slightly different hotel experience, as it offers larger properties such as villas and duplex penthouses, guests can opt for the 24-hour butler service as well. The hotel also provides professional childcare services and activities specially designed for children.

Grosvenor House is a luxury collection hotel which means that it offers authentic, unique, luxury experiences. Grosvenor House offers 750 guest rooms, a terrace pool and a private beach.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN DUBAI MARINA

There are two metro stations near Marina: Damac Properties and DMCC. The roads tend to get busy in the evenings, the metro can be a good way to shorten the time it takes for you to get home after work. Getting around the neighbourhood is a lot easier with the Dubai Tram, with its 11 tram stations, stretching from Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) to Al Sufouh. There are a few tram stations in the community as well, such as the Marina Towers Tram Station near Marina Pinnacle and MAG 218 Tower.

AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE

SUPERMARKETS IN DUBAI MARINA

The area’s Dubai Marina Mall houses a Waitrose supermarket, where residents can easily get their grocery shopping done. Apart from this, the other supermarkets in Dubai Marina include Spinneys, West Zome Supermarket and Al Maya which cater to the day-to-day needs of tenants and owners living in the neighbourhood. Other convenience stores such as multiple branches of Zoom mini-mart are also dotted around the various buildings.

CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES IN DUBAI MARINA

Like most residential areas in Dubai, there is a mosque in Dubai Marina. Known as Masjid Al Rahim, the mosque can hold up to 2,000 worshippers. It opened in 2014 and is now regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the UAE. The call to prayer can be heard five times a day, particularly on lower floors of apartment buildings in the vicinity of a mosque. Nearby buildings to the mosque include Escan Tower, Jannah Place, Manchester Tower, Trident Waterfront and DEC Towers.

There are a group of churches clustered together in the Al Muntazah community in Jebel Ali, 15 minutes away. Here you can find over 10 churches, a few located here include Our Lady of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Dubai Mar Thoma Church and United Christian Church of Dubai. Also located in the same Al Muntazah area, Sikh residents can visit the Guru Nanak Darbar.

The nearest temple is Shiva Temple, 25 minutes away in the Bur Dubai district.

SCHOOLS IN DUBAI MARINA

There are many nurseries in Dubai Marina which offer different options for families with younger children. There is a nursery located on the Dubai Marina Walk, which is easily accessible from most towers. For older children, schools are located in nearby areas such as Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim and The Springs. These include Horizon International School, Dubai British School and King’s School Dubai.

Horizon International School is located a 12-minute drive away from Dubai Marina on Street 9A in Umm Al Sheif. Dubai British School in Springs 3 and King’s School Dubai in Umm Suqeim 3 offer the British curriculum. There are also many higher education options in Dubai Knowledge Park. It is 10 minutes from the marina community and is also easily accessible by the tram network.

HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN DUBAI MARINA

The neighbourhood also houses medical clinics and centres for family health needs. These include Medcare Medical Centre Marina and Emirates Hospitals Clinic. Pharmacies are also conveniently located at regular intervals around Dubai Marina.

Al Zahra Hospital and Saudi German Hospital are near the Dubai Marina area in Al Barsha for any emergencies.

 NEARBY AREAS

Marina is centrally located in the city, along Sheikh Zayed Road, the highway that connects the seven emirates. It is located opposite Jumeirah Lakes Towers between Dubai Media City and Jebel Ali Freezone. JBR and Palm Jumeirah are also in proximity to the neighbourhood.

LIFESTYLE

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

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The waterfront lifestyle is a major part of the appeal for living in Dubai Marina

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.

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Dubai Marina Walk also offers bicycle trails to stroll through the evening

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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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Dubai Marina holds community events throughout the year

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.

UPCOMING ATTRACTIONS

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

LOCATION

  • Dubai International Airport is about 25 minutes away (via Sheikh Zayed Road)
  • 6 minutes’ drive to get on to Sheikh Zayed Road (depending on traffic)
  • Business hub Dubai Media City is 12 minutes away, while DIFC is a 20 minutes’ drive
  • Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 20 minutes away

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