Extending from the Al Sufouh Road to Dubai Media City, Dubai Marina comprises The Beach and the Jumeirah Beach Residence. This canal city has been built along the 3 kilometres shoreline of the Persian Gulf. Thanks to its proximity to the open sea, with a bit of luck, you can spot the sharks and whales entering the marina during the migrating season.
Table Of Content
- What To See In Dubai Marina?
- Where To Eat At Dubai Marina?
- Where To Stay In Dubai Marina?
- Things To Do In Dubai Marina
What To See In Dubai Marina?
From the beach to the residential complexes like Al Sahab, Al Majara, Marina Quays, Marina Promenade, and Park Island, there are many attractions at Dubai Marina. However, only the following two are publicly accessible:
1. Dubai Marina Mall
The 4-level Dubai Marina Mall with 130 outlets within 390,000 square feet area has everything from boutique fashion brand stores, waterfront dining facility, beverage outlets, supermarket, six-screen Reel Cinemas, and kids’ playground. If you don’t want to explore the restaurants outside, check out Little More for continental, Burj Al Hammam for Lebanese, YO! Sushi! For Japanese, Le Pain Quotidien for French and Carluccio’s for Italian delicacies.
Apart from the chain stores such as Giordano, Levi’s, New Look, Borders etc., there are family-friendly activities at Mamas & Papas, Adams Kids, Gymboree etc.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd, Duabi, UAE
Timings: 10 am – 12 am (Sat-Wed), 10 am – 1 am (Thurs & Fri)
2. Dubai Marina Walk
Lined by 69 eateries and 305 shopping outlets, the Dubai Marina Walk is the best option to enjoy shopping, dining and exploring the marina. Enjoy the panoramic view of the gulf from the Jumeirah Beach and then satiate your hunger pangs at eateries like Coco’s, Ruby Tuesdays and Zaatar w Zeit. During weekends, you can enjoy Dubai Marina events or street shows at the Cobblestone Boulevard. Apart from this, you can also opt for a Dubai Marina cruise ride to enjoy dinner with your loved ones.
October through April, you can check out the Covent Garden Market instead of the Dubai Marina Mall shops and purchase handcrafted jewellery, handmade clothing, soaps, and artisan souvenirs.
Location: Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: Open 24 hours
3. Dubai Marina Beach
One of the finest beaches of Dubai, Dubai Marina beach has all kinds of facilities and is the best place to relax and unwind. The place receives a large number of tourists every year and has many options for water sport activities. The stunning landscape and panoramic views are ideal to relax and to feel the calmness in the environment. Surrounded by stunning views of skyscrapers and amazing restaurants and hotels nearby, makes it convenient to spend your day here.
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Timings: Open 24 hours
4. AquaFun Water Park
Dubai never fails to deliver extraordinary things for its tourists. And yet another one on our list is AquaFun Water Park, the largest inflatable water park in the world. Spanning over a total area of 2,700sqm, there are 74 different games for you to climb, jump and slide around endlessly. This water park is ideal if you want to engage in some fun activities with your friends or family, and is the ideal place to indulge in beach activities.
Location: The Beach, opposite of – Jumeirah Beach Residence – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: 9:00 a.m to 6:05 p.m
Where To Eat At Dubai Marina?
If you want something special after having coffee at Cavalli Caffe or Mediterranean Grilled Squid at Eat Greek and Mega Burger at The Counter, then here are some of the Dubai Marina restaurants you can check out:
1. Pier 7
Surrounded by cylindrical grass structures, the 7 dining concepts are designed to match the requirement of every guest. Have lamb ribs or bread pudding while sitting on the wooden benches and watching the vibrant night skyline. The food here is lip-smacking and view breathtaking, making the overall experience fine indeed.
Location: Marina Promenade – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: 8 am – 3 am
2. Operation Falafel
Sit back on the outdoor tables and enjoy Arabic fast foods like Zaatar, Pita Falafel and Choco Banana along the Marina Beach at Operation Falafel. The Zingy food and the excited crowd will amplify your experience at this multi-cuisine diner. Even if you are on a diet, you can find an awe-inspiring variety to sate your hunger pangs.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence 2, Near Sofitel Hotel – The Walk – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: Open 24 hours
Cost For Two: AED 155 (appx.)
3. Saarangaa Bhojan Shala
Enjoy the spicy Indian delicacies from the buffet counters at affordable prices. Masala Dosa, Paneer Naan, and Vegetable Biryani are the specialities. This chain of Indian food is not only famous in India but also in Dubai and is a good way to bid farewell to the nostalgia and homesickness when in Dubai for a long period of time.
Location: G Floor, Marina Pearl Building, Dubai Marina, behind RAK Bank – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: 7:30 am – 11:30 pm
Cost For Two: AED 80 (appx.)
4. Kebab Grill 44
Famous for curry and Tandoor dishes, here you can try Paneer Tikka, Garlic Naan and Butter Chicken, Kebab Grill 44 is an outstanding restaurant in Dubai Marina. The food is both aesthetically and gustatorily pleasing and with succulent tikkas and juicy kebabs, we don’t think you’ll be able to keep your hands to yourself.
Location: Shop 32, Ground Floor, Bay Avenue, Executive Towers H, Business Bay, Dubai
Timings: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost For Two: AED 150 (appx.)
5. 800 Pizza
Apart from all the fancy and extravagant restaurants, this is a pizza place in Dubai, serving authentic Italian pizzas since 2007. Famous for its wood-fired ovens, this place is known for serving thin, light and crispy Roman-style pizzas from morning to night. The place remains open till 4:00 on Thursdays and Fridays and is the best place to try traditional, authentic, Italian pizza.
Location: Al Wasl Rd – Al Bada’a – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: 11:00 a.m to 11:30 p.m and 11:00 a.m to 4:00 a.m (Thursdays & Fridays)
Cost For Two: AED 175 for two people (approx.)
6. La Carnita
Serving authentic Mexican cuisine and signature Margaritas, La Carnita is one of the best places to eat in Dubai. The restaurant has a unique touch to it and is designed by some of the best street style artists. The restaurant has a dynamic menu and serves some of the most lip-smacking tacos and churros. Do give it a try next time you are in Dubai to enjoy the best of Mexican Cuisine.
Location: Intercontinental – Dubai Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Timings: 4:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m
Cost For Two: AED 375 for two people (approx.)
Where To Stay In Dubai Marina?
According to your budget and desire for luxury amenities, the following hotels can be your best bets:
1. Address Dubai Marina
To make the best out of 5-star amenities and be impressed with the no-frills interior decor, this long-running hotel with a gym, swimming pool, and four restaurants will be perfect. To justify its name, the hotel has all the popular food and entertainment joints within walking distance.
Location: Al Marsa St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
2. Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Standing on the Marina Promenade, the Intercontinental Dubai Marina is your best option if you wish to spend your time marvelling at the stunning skyline and the fast-paced lifestyle of the neighbourhood from your balcony. The vista, needless to say, is stunning enough that you can spend a long time admiring it.
Location: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
3. Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
Why not stay right on the beachfront and spend time under the umbrellas and sunbeds on the soft white sand? The best feature of this hotel is its contemporary features and the pub-style underground bar that sells delicious burgers. Even the booze served here is of an eclectic variety and can be enjoyed with the studding panorama of the Dubai Marina.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence، The Walk – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
4. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
If you are wondering about the rooftop bars in Dubai Marina, Pure Sky Lounge of Hilton Dubai Jumeirah will be your best choice to sip a drink or two under the glittering skyline view after sunset. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle services and has two pools and a private beach by Jumeirah.
Location: The Walk – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
5. Marina Hotel Apartments
Located 5 mins from the Dubai Marina Mall and 10 minutes from the Jumeirah residence, this property is located perfectly by the Damac Properties Metro Station, directly opposite Marina Tram Station. It is the perfect place to enjoy the luxurious lifestyle of Dubai along with top-notch services.
Location: Marina Walk, Dubai Marina near the waterfront – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
6. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Located beautifully on Jumeirah Beach, offering a seaside location and some of the most stunning views overlooking the beach and Palm Island. The neoclassic architecture of the property adds life to this 5-star luxury resort. Enjoy the world-class services and amenities during your stay here.
Location: D94 – Dubai Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Things To Do In Dubai Marina
When you are surrounded by some of the chic buildings of Dubai, UAE, facing the magnificent waterfront, there are lots of things to do in Dubai Marina such as:
1. Spa Session
After the day’s exploration around the Marina, check-in at the Caracalla Spa at Le Royal Meridian Beach Resort & Spa. The Roman-themed spa is equipped with a steam room, sauna and 5 thermal pools where they provide everything from full body massage to facial.
2. The Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Have breakfast at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club which has a stunningly built clubhouse facing the artificial canal. The 25°55° Cafe Bistro offers its signature ‘Marina Breakfast’ on an iron skillet. The club is a sight for sore eyes and has a variety of activities to keep you and your senses occupied. Even the crowd here is very chic and you can spot some famous faces if you’re lucky.
3. Camel Ride
Take a camel ride at Marina Beach Dubai and JBR Beach which is an affordable option to have the skyline and sea view from the top of the Arabian camels adorned with vibrant tassels and decorated blankets. It might take you some time to get adapted to the pace, but once you get used to it, you’ll definitely enjoy the ride.
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4. Adventure Sports
Enjoy adventure sports like ziplining at Xline to watch the skyline while soaring Dubai. Get the adrenaline-surging experience with the free-fall from Skydive Dubai. Rent a bike to enjoy cycling through pavements and cycle tracks or check out the outdoor gym at Street Workout Park. At JBR Beach, you can enjoy jet-skiing and flyboarding.
Reserve a yacht from a yacht club if you wish to spend some romantic time with your partner in the open sea. There are also affordable choices like speedboats and the traditional dhow where you will sprawl on bean bags and enjoy the landscape of the Dubai Marina area.
6. Ski Dubai
An indoor ski resort spread across an area of 22,500 square meters, it is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, which is one of the largest malls in the world. The park usually maintains a temperature of -1 degree to 2 degrees Celsius throughout the year and is one of the best places to indulge in some recreational activities with your friends or family. It is one of the best things to do in the Dubai Marina, so make sure to add this to your list.
7. Dancing at Zero Gravity Dubai
A pool and beach bar nightclub offering a dynamic menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Zero Gravity is the best place to enjoy the nightlife of Dubai, hosting the most amazing DJ parties and ladies nights in Dubai this place is a must-visit on your next visit to Dubai. The nightclub provides an ultra-modern two-tier restaurant, premium service and refreshments.
Transportation In Dubai Marina
Often dubbed as “New Dubai” for its posh waterfront development and sophisticated urban lifestyle, the Dubai Marina can be reached by the following means of transport:
The metro service in Dubai connects the marina with other major cities. Pedestrians can access the walkways on Sheikh Zayed Road to reach the area from either side of the road.
The 9-mile long Al Sufouh Tramway connects the Mall of the Emirates and Burj Al Arab with the Dubai Marina and it has an interchanging facility with three metro stations (Red Line) as well as a monorail connection between the Palm Jumeirah and Al Sufouh Road.
From Dubai Airport, you can take the metro to reach Dubai Marina; it will take around 45 minutes. Through a private car or taxi, it will take around 25 minutes, if there isn’t much traffic; on SkyBus, it will take around 2 hours to reach the Marina.
Enjoy an upscale lifestyle, beachfront vibes and magical skyline by the gulf at the Dubai Marina. The easiest way to enjoy all this at the best price would be getting a custom-tailored Dubai itinerary that meets all your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dubai Marina
Is Dubai Marina man-made?
Yes, Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city which is made along a two-mile stretch of the Persian Gulf.
What is JBR Dubai?
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is a residential development area that is situated against the Persian Gulf in Dubai and runs for around 1.7 kilometres long.
How many buildings are in JBR?
JBR comprises 40 towers which include 35 residential and 5 hotel towers.
What is Dubai Marina known for?
Dubai Marina is the sought-after neighbourhood in Dubai, and is famous for its luxurious lifestyle, entertainment options, shopping malls and luxury skyscrapers. Offering some of the most magnificent views to its residents, Dubai Marina is quite famous amongst tourists.
Why is Dubai Marina’s water brown?
The brown color of the water is caused by a chemical named Bentonite. However, Bentonite has not harmful effect on the health and environment, it just changes the color of the water.
How Long is Marina Walk?
Marina Walk is 8 km long, with pathways on both its sides.
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