Dubai Marina is a comfortable mix of high rise hotels, hotel apartments, offices and apartments which are very popular with expats. It was touted as the ‘waterfront lifestyle destination; and so far it has more than delivered. Beautiful marinas coupled with walking promenades make Dubai Marina one of the city’s most unique neighbourhoods.
One of the ‘founding members’ of New Dubai, Dubai Marina is located about 20 minutes away from Burj Khalifa, and is one of the more popular areas for renters in the country. It is a highly sought-after neighbourhood thanks to its huge range of dining and nightlife options, an unmatched urban waterfront living and luxury apartments. Marina make it a regular haunt of not just the tourists, but of Dubai residents as well.
Things to do
Naturally, there are several water-related activities you can indulge in at the Marina.
For starters, you could embark on a 90-minute fun and thrilling speedboat tour around the Palm, Atlantis, Burj Al Arab, and Lagoon with Rib Speed Boat Sightseeing Tour by Xclusive Yachts, led by a knowledgeable tour guide.
Or you could enjoy a lavish continental dinner on a dhow cruise along the Marina, surrounded by the stunning night time skyline, and serenaded by peaceful Arabic music. The best part is probably the delicious 3-course international buffet dinner.
Saunter down to the Dubai Marina Street Market, and haggle and trade for jewellery, clothes, flowers and home decor. There’s even snacks and entertainment to keep the kids occupied.
And last but not the least, there’s a free outdoor cinema at the Dubai Marina Mall Promenade that closes over the summer, but it’s the perfect place to watch a movie under the stars every friday in the winter months.
There are plenty of excellent dining options to choose from at the Marina, but a few definitely stand out from the rest.
Perhaps one unmissable spot is Pier 7, one of the city’s most exclusive eating and drinking hubs. Visit the evergreen Latin-inspired South American restaurant (and bar) Fume. There is a friendly, energetic vibe around the place, which suits the wooden benches and low ceilings quite nicely. Munch on the delicious baby lamb ribs, and treat yourself to a banana and bread pudding after.
For the early risers, a full English breakfast awaits at the 25°55° Cafe Bistro inside the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. With magical views overlooking the marina waterways, shiny yachts and outdoor seating on the shaded terrace, it’s a quintessential Dubai Marina experience and the best way to get your bearings. Served on an iron skillet, the ‘Marina Breakfast’ is offered all day and features all the bells and whistles, including hash browns, mushrooms, baked beans, fried eggs and sausage.
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