Dubai Marina stretches along the Persian Gulf shoreline, which is famous as an artificial canal city. It is also well known by the name called “Venice of the Middle East.”
The 50 million sq ft Dubai Marina is a beautiful waterfront community, which serves as a template for similar projects across the region.
Offering Riviera-style living in a modern aesthetic setting, Dubai Marina by Emaar is one of the first and largest of its kind waterfront developments in the region. With a total development area of 50 million sq ft, Dubai Marina has a large canal spanning 3.5 km offering access to the sea from both ends.
Dubai Marina features several high-rises with luxury apartments as well as villas set against the backdrop of the Marina. With yachts moored along the Marina and some of the city’s best dining, entertainment, and leisure facilities, Dubai Marina is the first choice for the stylish and sophisticated.
Dubai Marina comprises ten districts each developed as a distinct community. The Dubai Marina Walk, which lines the waterfront, has a selection of international restaurants.
A key component of Dubai Marina is the 150,000 sqm Dubai Marina Mall complex which comprises the Dubai Marina Mall, a shopping and entertainment destination; The Address Dubai Marina, a 5-star premium hotel with serviced residences; and Marina Plaza – an exclusive commercial tower; and the adjacent Pier 7 Dubai Marina, a multi-storey tower dedicated to diverse cuisines.
Exploring Dubai Marina
Go on a cruise
What better way to explore the beautiful water neighborhood than on a journey?
Climb aboard a traditional dhow and explore the waterways of Dubai Marina with Captain Jack. The cruise departs every hour from Dubai Marina and can be joined at any time of the day. The surprisingly large vessel allows for voyagers to sprawl out on bean bags with refreshing beverages as it meanders along, showing off the area’s incredible architecture and scenery, before making its way to the outskirts of Palm Jumeirah island.
For a VIP experience, book an evening cruise with Xclusive Yachts. Departing at 8 pm nightly from Pier 7 in Dubai, visitors will enjoy a gourmet menu aboard a 125-foot yacht. Try and book a seat on the upper deck for the best views.
- Captain Jack, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina; +971 4 368 2480
- Xclusive Yachts, Level 13, Marina Plaza; +971 4 457 3185
Shop, eat and swim
An impressive outdoor entertainment development located directly opposite JBR’s The Walk, The Beach is a hive of activity. Its modern, low-rise design elevates the desirable beachside location, and there are more than 70 shopping and dining options to try, including Italian designer Roberto Cavalli’s cafe concept, Cavalli Caffè. Buy some souvenirs at I Love Dubai, then enjoy a quick swim in the sea or play sports on the sand. Afterward, refuel on grilled seafood at the Mediterranean find Eat Greek or mega burgers at US import, The Cheesecake Factory.
If you’ re in the mood to explore further, the new Bluewaters Island by Meraas – home to the world’s second Caesars Palace hotel and chic Cove Beach club – is a quick 15-minute walk from The Beach.
- The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence; +971 4 317 3999
Enjoy Delicious Dining
For sunshine-filled meals to remember, you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Walk. One of the highlights here is Bateel Café – famed for its gourmet dates. It’s the perfect culinary pit-stop thanks to its fine European-inspired cuisine and date-inspired creations.
Nearby, Pier 7 in Dubai Marina has carved out a name for itself as one of the city’s most exclusive dining hubs. Seven dining concepts occupy each floor of the all-glass tubular structure adjacent to Dubai Marina Mall. Top of the list is The Scene by Simon Rimmer, where British comfort food is king. Afterward, you can keep the party going at Pier 7’s Cargo or Asia Asia.
- Pier 7 beside Dubai Marina Mall; +971 4 421 5669
- Bateel, Sadaf 1, Jumeirah Beach Residence; +971 4 456 5837
Fly over the marina at high-speed
Forget merely scoping out the marina from a tall building – no, that’s so 2016. The world’s longest urban zip line opened in 2017, and thrill-seekers have been flocking to it ever since. The team from XLine run flights from 170m up one of the JBR’s Amwaj Towers, across to the other side of the waterway on top of Marina Mall, every day of the year.
With participants reaching speeds of up to 80 km/hr as they hurtle across the water, it’s not an activity for the faint-hearted.
- XLine Dubai Marina, Level P, Marina Mall; +971 4 457 3212
Dubai Marina Mall
The Dubai Marina Mall is a community favorite with a children’s play center, exceptional dining and an edit of essential high-street stores such as H& M, Cos, River Island, and Monsoon.
While bustling, especially on weekends, it’s the ideal place to browse and shop to your leisure. Families with young kids will also want to check out Little Explorers – an edutainment sanctuary for children between the ages of two to seven.
The outdoor area by the mall also hosts seasonal events, including street carnivals, al fresco cinema celebrations, and music festivals.
- Dubai Marina Mall; +971 4 436 1020