Extending from the Al Sufouh Road to the Dubai Media City, the Dubai Marina comprises of The Beach and the Jumeirah Beach Residence. This canal city has been built along the 3 kilometers 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.
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.
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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, at the Cobblestone Boulevard, you can enjoy the street shows and public events.
October through April, you can check out the Covent Garden Market instead of the Dubai Marina Mall shops and purchase handcrafted jewelry, handmade clothing, soaps, and artisan souvenirs.
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.
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.
3. Saravanaa Bhojan Shala
Enjoy the spicy Indian delicacies from the buffet counters at affordable prices. Masala Dosa, Paneer Naan, and Vegetable Biryani are the specialties. 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.
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
Where To Stay In Dubai Marina?
According to your budget and desire of the 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.
2. Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Standing on the Marina Promenade, the Intercontinental Dubai Marina is your best option if you wish to spend your time marveling at the stunning skyline and the fast-paced lifestyle of the neighborhood from your balcony. The vista, needless to say, is stunning enough that you can spend a long time admiring it.
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.
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 the private beach by Jumeirah.
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. Go For A Spa
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 steam room, sauna and 5 thermal pools where they provide everything from full body massage to facial.
2. Go To 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 hs 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.
5. Book A Yacht
Reserve the yachts 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.
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 interchanging facility with three metro stations (Red Line) as well as 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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