Perhaps Dubai’s most vibrant and sought after community, Dubai Marina is an extensive waterfront development located on the western end of Dubai, accessible via Sheikh Zayed Road or the Dubai Metro.
The focal point of the district is the eponymous marina, a beautiful man-made bay that stretches across the centre of the district and leads out to the Arabian Gulf. It contains yacht docking berths and is surrounded by a winding retail and dining promenade. The beach is a just few short steps away, along with the immensely popular boardwalk known as The Walk.
Dubai Marina is adjacent to JBR and in close proximity to the island development of Palm Jumeirah, and enjoys easy access to other popular areas such as Downtown Dubai.
The essence of contemporary urban living flows through Dubai Marina. On any given day, you might come across young singles and couples taking a jog around the marina bay, families spending quality time at the beach, or a throng of shoppers at Marina Mall.
Encircling the perimeter of the marina, the Marina Walk is a sweeping parade of restaurants, cafés and shops. It is one of the main hubs of activity in the Marina district, and is also a popular outdoor fitness venue for many residents.
The primary shopping and entertainment destination in the area, Marina Mall contains a mix of high-end and mid-range retail outlets. It is located on one end of the Marina Walk, and has several restaurants with a lovely waterfront view.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘gourmet tower’, Pier 7 is a 7-storey tower located by the waterfront, and close to Dubai Marina Mall, which houses a different fine dining restaurant on each of its levels. A glass-fronted façade and cylindrical shape grants diners gorgeous 360° panoramas of the marina and the Dubai skyline.
While Dubai doesn’t yet have a Michelin star restaurant of its own, many celebrated chefs have opened restaurants in the city, several of them in Dubai Marina. Among them are: Rhodes W1 by Gary Rhodes, Indego by Vineet Bhatia, Marina Social by Jason Atherton and Pots, Pans & Boards by Tom Aikens.