Dubai Marina Overview
The Dubai Marina is a popular district in Dubai. The marina is a man-made and was developed by Emaar Properties and designed by HOK Canada.
One of the most distinctive features of the Dubai Marina is its many super tall skyscrapers. These skyscrapers range from 820 feet/250 meters to 984 feet/300 meters. Many of these buildings display a structurally unique style of architecture, such as the Cayan Tower—also known as the twisted tower.
Another defining characteristic of the Dubai Marina is the Dubai Marina Walk, which is a 4 mile/7 km walkway lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. This area is very popular for its Al Fresco style dining. Throughout the year there are also events at the Marina Walk such as art nights and the Marina Market.
The Dubai Marina is home to the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) which is a waterfront community located by the Persian Gulf. The development contains 40 towers (35 residential and 5 hotels). The towers can accommodate around 15,000 people at any given time. The six residential blocks are called: Shams, Amwaj, Rimal, Bahar, Sadaf and Murjan.
The Bluewaters Island is a project currently underway off the JBR coastline. The Bluewaters Island will be a man-made island including entertainment, hospitality, residential and retail areas. The Dubai Eye, a 689 feet/210 meter giant Ferris wheel, will also be on the Bluewaters Island. The Ferris wheel will have the capacity to carry up to 1,400 passengers in 49 capsules.
Dubai Marina transportation
The marina is conveniently located near the Red Line of the Dubai Metro. The closest station is called Dubai Marina station which is in walking distance to the Dubai Marina.
There is also a tramway under construction that will run along Al Sufouh Road from the Dubai Marina to the Burj Al Arab and the Mall of the Emirates.
Things to do at the Dubai Marina
- JBR walk
- Dubai Marina boat tour
- Dubai Marina Yacht Club
- Marina Beach
- Dubai Marina Mall
- The Beach at JBR
This 1 mile/1.7-mile walkway is full of al-fresco dining, boutiques and cafes. You can spend the afternoon shopping and the evening at one of the top restaurants in Dubai. Thursdays and Fridays are popular nights at the JBR Walk.
Dubai Marina boat tour
As you stroll along the Marina Walk, you will pass several companies offering boat tours of the Dubai Marina. Most of the tours last 45 minutes and allow you to see the stunning marina skyline from the sea. The boat also passes by the Yacht Club, several hotels, buildings and the famous JBR walk.
Dubai Marina Yacht Club
The Dubai Marina Yacht Club is a peaceful place to grab a drink or dinner while admiring the beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf. There are several top notch lounges, bars and restaurants located within the clubhouse.
Marina Beach features a sparkling blue beach, surrounded by the skyline of the Dubai Marina. There are many hotels, bars and restaurants located close by as well. On a clear day, you can catch views of the famous Burj Al Arab in the distance.
Dubai Marina Mall
The Dubai Marina Mall is a shopping center that includes shops, food outlets, a supermarket and a cinema. It is located close to all the other main attractions in the Dubai Marina, making it a great place to spend a hot afternoon before hitting the streets in the evening.
The Beach at JBR
The Beach is an outdoor shopping and dining complex located opposite JBR. The Beach has stores ranging from unique boutiques to global brands. There are also 45 cafes and restaurants located across the complex.
Next Bike bicycle station
Renting a bike in the Dubai Marina has never been easier thanks to the Next Bike company. Before renting a bike you must register your personal data, which can be done online, by phone or at any rental terminal.
To rent a bike, just call the hotline number found on the bike. Next input the number of the bike you want to rent. Then you will get a code to open the combination lock on the bike.
Once finished, you must return the bike to an official Next Bike location. Then just call the hotline to inform Next Bike about the return location.
Prices for bike rentals starts at 15 AED/4 USD (for 30 minutes) and goes up to 80 AED/21 USD (for 24 hours).
Dubai Marina Cinema
Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall
Enjoy a boutique cinema experience at Reel Cinemas at the Dubai Marina Mall. The theater boasts six premier cinemas, with all have twin recliner seats. A variety of gourmet food and beverages can be delivered directly to your seat. Blankets and pillows are also available for a small extra fee.
Reel Cinemas at The Beach
Reel Cinemas at The Beach offers 10 screens—7 standard screens and 3 platinum movie suites. The cinemas also includes the Platinum Lounge overlooking Jumeirah beach.
Dubai Marina Restaurants
Indego by Vineet
Indego is the winner of 2016 Time Out Dubai restaurant award in Best Indian Category. Offering exquisite Indian cuisine ranging from classic Biryanis to contemporary dishes. Indego is located at Grosvenor House on Al Sufouh road.
Sloane’s serves up a variety of International cuisine. The restaurant offers buffet style dining, including live cooking stations. For breakfast, there is also the option of choosing from the A La Carte menu. Sloane’s is located at Grosvenor House on Al Sufouh road.
Zengo, located in the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, offers Asian fusion cuisine borrowing from Japan, China, Mexico and beyond. Zengo also offers unique cocktail options.
Blue Jade is a superb place for feasting on Southeast Asian cuisine at the Dubai Marina.
Traditional Vietnamese items, like Rice Paper Rolls, can be found on the menu as well as other Asian delights like sushi and fried rice. Blue Jade is located at the JBR walk.
Shades is an outdoor venue offers tapas and a la carte menu options inspired by the Mediterranean and Far East. It is the perfect place to relax after a long day out in the sun and enjoy a tasty dinner while overlooking the glittering lights of the Dubai Marina. Shades is located within The Address Dubai Marina hotel in the Dubai Marina.
Located inside The Address Dubai Marina Hotel, Mazina is sure to please your appetite. The restaurant offers contemporary global cuisine cooked at live stations.
The Talk Restaurant
Here you can enjoy International cuisine buffets with live cooking or a variety of dishes from the A La Carte menu. The Talk is located at the Mövenpick Hotel at the Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Buddha Bar is the place to see and be seen in the Dubai Marina. Located inside the glamourous Grosvenor House, the two-storied restaurant features creative cocktails and fusion menu items.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes creates scrumptious Euro-inspired culinary masterpieces at this top rated restaurant located at the Le Meridien Beach Resort
Massimo’s Italian Restaurant
Massimo’s offers authentic Italian dishes at the Park Island Waterfront in the Dubai Marina. The ingredients used for making the traditional dishes are from some of the most exclusive Italian brands.
Top Rated Dubai Marina Hotels
1. Dubai Marina - La Riviera
2. The Address Dubai Marina
3. InterContinental Dubai Marina
4. Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
6. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach
7. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
8. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
9. Grosvenor House Dubai
10. Amwaj Rotana
Dubai Marina Apartments
The Dubai Marina is a popular place to live, due to its proximity to the beach, The Palm as well as many downtown destinations. Therefore, the price of the apartments in this area is generally higher than in a less sought after area in Dubai. Average yearly rents in this area for a studio apartment can be anywhere between 60,000 AED/16,300 USD to 20,400 AED/. For a one-bedroom rents range from 90,000 AED/24,500 USD to 120,000 AED/32,669. Two-bedroom rents range from 140,000 AED/38,100 USD upwards.