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Dubai Marina

About Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina used to be called “New Dubai”, is a popular area about 12 kilometers from the center of Dubai. Dubai Marina borders the sea and the beach and is built around a 100m wide channel in the shape of an 8, part of which flows into the Persian Gulf.

They started to build Dubai Marina in 1998 and wanted to build the largest marina in the world. Currently in Dubai Marina you will find more than 200 towers, including the Caye Tower – one of the most famous skyscrapers in Dubai for its atypical architecture.

Construction of Dubai Marina

Construction

As mentioned earlier, the construction of Dubai Marina started in 1998. Since then, many skyscrapers and modern apartment blocks have been added. Dubai Marina was built with beautiful public spaces and walking paths in mind. More than 12% of the surface of the Dubai Marina consists of parks, public squares and walking boulevards.

The construction of the Dubai Marina took place in phases, the first phase of which started in 1998. Then the first skyscrapers were built with names such as Mesk, Anbar and Al Yass.

In the second phase, we saw the most famous skyscrapers of Dubai Marina shoot out of the ground – just think of the Cayan Tower and of course Ocean Heights and Marina Pinnacle.

After that, neighborhoods and complexes such as Marina Bay, Al Sahab and Marina Promenade were developed. There is also a large shopping center in Dubai Marina, namely Dubai Marina Mall, with more than 140 shops and restaurants.

Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina

Skyscrapers

As mentioned earlier, Dubai Marina has a number of very famous skyscrapers:

Cayan Tower

306.4 m (1,005 ft)

The Cayan Tower is one of the most famous skyscrapers in Dubai Marina, partly thanks to its impressive design. The Cayan Tower has 79 floors of luxurious and spacious apartments and is designed in such a way that it appears to revolve on its own axis.

Ocean Heights

Ocean Heights

288.6 m (947 ft)

Ocean Heights is a 310m tall 83-storey skyscraper designed by Andrew Bromberg. The tower was built between 2007 and 2009 and inaugurated in 2010. Ocean Heights is currently the fifth tallest residential building in the world

The Marina Torch

The Marina Torch

336.8 m (1,105 ft)

The Marina Torch is a residential skyscraper in Dubai Marina and was the tallest residential building in the world when it opened in 2011. In 2015, this skyscraper made headlines again when a severe fire raged in the building

Facts about Dubai Marina

  • More than 120,000 people can live in Dubai Marina, which is the same number of inhabitants as the city of Leiden.

  • The longest urban zipline in the world spans from Dubai Marina to Dubai Marina Mall.

  • Sharks and whale sharks have already been spotted in Dubai Marina.

Yacht at Dubai Marina

What to do in Dubai Marina

There is a lot to experience in Dubai Marina – from boat trips to good food, hiking and shopping. Here you will learn all about the attractions, places of interest and sights of Dubai Marina

Promenade at Dubai Marina

Marina Promenade

The Marina Promenade is the most famous promenade in Dubai Marina. Here are a lot of nice restaurants located from where you have a beautiful view over the Marina and the adjacent skyscrapers.

JBR Beach at Dubai Marina

JBR Beach

JBR Beach is a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach along where many famous and beautiful hotels have been built. Here you will find, for example, a Hilton and a Movenpick. You can also go here for a snack and a drink. There are a lot of beach bars such as the famous Smokey Beach where you can go.

The Walk

The Walk in Dubai Marina is the Promenade that runs along JBR Beach. The promenade is shielded from cars, which means that you can stroll around here quietly. It is recommended to view the fireworks in Dubai Marina from The Walk.

The Yellow boats at Dubai Marina

The Yellow Boats

Dubai Marina was designed to be viewed from the water – it is therefore highly recommended to take a boat trip with Yellow Boats. This way you not only see Dubai Marina but you also get a whole tour around the Palm Islands!

Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina

Cayan Tower

The Cayan Tower is a well-known residential skyscraper in Dubai Marina. This tower seems to rotate on its own axis and is known for its beautiful, spacious and above all luxurious apartments. Be sure to take a picture with this skyscraper in the background!

Shopping in Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina Mall

Dubai Marina Mall

Would you like to shop in Dubai Marina? Then you can go to Dubai Marina Mall. This shopping center has more than 130 shops and restaurants where you can buy things like books, clothing, but also jewelery and make-up.

Food and drink in Dubai Marina

When you visit Dubai Marina you naturally also want to know where you can eat well.

Pier 7 in Dubai Marina

Pier 7

Pier 7 is a luxurious complex with some very nice and good restaurants. In the well-known restaurant Asia Asia you can enjoy – you guessed it, Asian, while in Cargo you can drink a nice cocktail with a beautiful view over the Marina.

Food Trucks Dubai Marina

Food trucks

Dubai Marina is also a hotspot for those who love food trucks. For example, you can eat very tasty burgers, order noodle soup, work Mexican tacos and even try Filipino fast food at the Jollibee food truck.

The Walk at Dubai Marina

Eating on The Walk

At The Walk Dubai Marina you will find a variety of restaurants – from local restaurants to big names and brands such as Paul and Tim Hortons. It can be quite busy at The Walk so it is advisable to do some research before going down to The Walk and to reserve a table if necessary.

Where to stay in Dubai Marina

Since Dubai Marina is a residential area with some high-quality and luxurious hotels, you will have a nice choice of hotel rooms and private apartments that you can book for a week.

Don’t feel like cooking or cleaning up your room? Then you can rent a luxurious hotel room in Dubai Marina.

Address Dubai Marina

Address Dubai Marina

The Address hotels are known in Dubai as high-quality hotels with beautiful rooms and breathtaking views. This Emiratic brand brings luxury at a reasonable price. The Address Dubai Marina also has one of the most iconic swimming pools in Dubai Marina – if not Dubai.

Wyndham Dubai Marina

Wyndham Dubai Marina

When you book a room at the Wyndham Dubai Marina you look out over the beautiful waters of the Marina and you stay in a central location. In addition, the Wyndham has a small but well-kept and beautiful swimming pool from where you have a nice view of the skyscrapers in Dubai Marina.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

Are you looking for a hotel in Dubai Marina with a private beach and a couple of beautiful swimming pools? Then you can book a room at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa. This beautiful complex is a dream come true for many sun seekers who want to indulge in the luxury that Dubai has to offer.

Dubai Marina Apartment view

Rent an apartment in Dubai Marina

In Dubai Marina you can also rent an apartment. You can go to websites like VRBO and AirBnB to rent luxury apartments with breathtaking views. When you rent an apartment you not only have more space, you can also easily cook a meal and relax together in the sofa, while you can also enjoy beautiful panoramas and luxurious swimming pools.

How to reach Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is located about 12 kilometers from the center of Dubai. You can reach Dubai Marina in different ways.

Dubai Taxi

By Taxi

The easiest way to reach Dubai Marina is by taxi. You can hire a taxi via the Hala function in the Careem App – a kind of Uber for the Middle East. Let your taxi driver know where you want to go, as Dubai Marina is very large.

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Dubai Metro

By Metro

If you want to go to Dubai Marina by metro, you can get off at Damac or Jumeirah Lake Towers. However, there is a good chance that you will have to take an extra taxi on the metro as the metro stops are quite a bit away from the center of Dubai Marina.

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Dubai Bus

By Bus

You can also take the bus to Dubai Marina. Bus 8 and bus 84 run to Dubai Marina.

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Dubai Tram

By Tram

Are you staying at The Palm? Then you can easily and quickly take the Tram to Dubai Marina. You can get off at the end of the tram.

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Conclusion

Dubai Marina is one of Dubai’s tourist hotspots. If you are fond of white sandy beaches, you can certainly go here for a fun day at the water. In addition, Dubai Marina also has a lot to offer for those who love good food or are interested in modern architecture.

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