Dubai Marina Area Guide

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Once a small cluster of waterfront high-rises on the very outskirts of the city, Dubai Marina has gradually changed into a key residential and leisure district. It holds the claim of being the world’s largest man-made marina and also contains one of the city’s most popular beaches.

Made by carving a channel to create an artificial waterfront, the Marina is essentially split into two districts. Part of it is an island, which houses the area known as Jumeirah Beach Residence. It connects to the rest of the district on the mainland through a series of bridges. Thus, the area effectively has its own canal and beach, making it a truly unique waterfront destination.

Dubai Marina was conceptualized and developed by Emaar, Dubai’s most famous property developer. It was one of the first major undertakings tackled by the developer, and its success paved the way for other exceptional projects such as the Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa and the stunning Dubai Mall.

1. Living in Dubai Marina - Overview

1. Something For Every Lifestyle 2. Haven of Leisure 3. Waterfront Living Redefined

1. Something For Every Lifestyle

Dubai Marina Yacth Club

Last year, Dubai Marina was the most popular community (tied with Downtown) in terms of apartments. It has been near, if not at the top of the list for a number of years. With its beachside location and premium facilities, it’s the right fit for dynamic young professionals and fledgling families.

​When it comes to living options, it really does have a little something for everyone, boasting the ‘tallest block in the world’, a cluster of high-rises where the shortest building stands no less than 350 metres high. There are several mid-range options available, as well as affordable luxury villas in Dubai Marina, a lovely one-bedroom unit in Studio One, and also Dubai Marina penthouses.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are options such as Marina Gate, which features this fantastic four-bedroom townhouse.

2. Haven of Leisure

Dubai Marina Pier 7

Dubai Marina is a small city in its own right, encompassing a wide range of lifestyle experiences in its 4-square kilometer area. The Marina Walk, which is the promenade that rings the marina itself, is home to a large variety of dining options, ranging from charming roadside cafes to fine dining restaurants with beautiful waterfront terraces.

Grosvenor House and Pier 7 are the two main highlights when it comes to food. The former houses several gourmet restaurants helmed by Michelin-star chefs and the latter is a 7-storey tall cylindrical structure with a restaurant spanning each floor and a glass-fronted exterior that provides it with 360° views of the entire district.

Also along the marina is the Dubai Marina Mall, the main retail hub in the area.

3. Waterfront Living Redefined

Dubai Marina Waterfront View

Though Dubai is not short of exceptional waterfront destinations, none has quite captured the city the same way that the Marina has. As the district continues to develop, a number of new attractions are on the horizon that will help maintain its position as the city’s ultimate waterfront district. The two developments we are keen on seeing soon are:

Bluewaters Island

A waterfront destination located by Jumeirah Beach Residence and just a short boat ride away from Palm Jumeirah. Bluewaters Island community will house a range of luxury apartments and five-star hotels, though it is already making waves as the location of Ain Dubai, the world’s largets observation wheel.

Dubai Harbour

A newly announced project located between Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Harbour looks set to be a brand new leisure hub that will only cement Marina’s position as the place to be. It will be home to two immense cruise terminals and Dubai’s latest icon, the Dubai Lighthouse.

2. Things To Do in Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the most famous waterfront neighborhoods in the city. The community has yacht clubs, luxury residential towers, hotels, and high-standard restaurants. There are plenty of other things to do in Dubai Marina, such as going for a walk or jogging along the promenade, watching the yachts come in and out of the marina, sunbathing on JBR Beach, dining at one of the many restaurants, shopping at The Walk or Dubai Marina Mall, or taking a boat trip around the marina. Explore our top-rated recommendations below:

  • Sunset at Pure Sky Lounge
  • Cruise on a Traditional Dhow
  • Camel Ride on JBR Beach
  • Dinner at Fume
  • Dubai XLine

3. Nurseries & Schools in Dubai Marina

Living in Dubai Marina will also give you easy access to some of the best nurseries and schools in Dubai. There are a variety of educational spots in and nearby this beautiful modern community, each with its own unique teaching method. With so much on offer, it can be tricky to decide which one is right for your family. Dubai Marina is a prime location for those living with families. This vibrant neighborhood has some award-winning educational institutes located close to Dubai Marina. 

  • British Orchard Nursery
  • Marina Village Nursery
  • Blossom Marina Nursery Dubai
  • Toddler Town British Nursery
  • Raffles Nursery Dubai Marina
  • Willow Children's Nursery

4. Restaurants in Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the top spots for fine dining options as well; from French cuisine to Japanese sushi, Indian cuisine to Italian dishes, there’s everything you need. Have a look at the top restaurants in Dubai Marina.

  • Bussola – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
  • Celebrities – One & Only Royal Mirage
  • Observatory Bar & Grill – Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Address Dubai Marina
  • Ruya – Grosvenor House

5. Clinics & Hospitals in Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina has a number of renowned healthcare facilities, which makes it the perfect destination for family living. Here are some of the top hospitals and clinics in Dubai Marina.

King’s Marina Medical Centre

When it comes to excellent healthcare facilities, King’s Marina Medical Centre is one of the finest places to go in Dubai Marina, located on the first floor of The Residences at Marina Gate. This top medical center offers a wide range of medical services, from general family medicine to highly specialized treatments.

Emirates Hospital Clinics - Marina

Emirates Hospital Clinic is one of the leading medical destinations in the UAE, providing the top healthcare facility in family medicine as well as a variety of specialist services. The clinic is located at the Al Habtoor Business Tower in Dubai Marina and is staffed by highly skilled doctors and nurses who are dedicated to providing patients with 24/7 quality care services.

Medcare Medical Centre, Marina

When it comes to finding the best medical care services, Marina has a number of top-notch hospitals and clinics. One of these is Medcare Medical Centre which offers - quality treatment with its qualified staff as well as a host of other specialized services. This facility has been operational for over 25 years and continues to provide quality health care to residents in Marina and beyond. Some of the reasons why you should consider Medcare Medical Centre include its convenient location, excellent staff, a wide range of services, and comprehensive facilities.

6. Dubai Marina Real Estate Market Report

Dubai Marina is known for its luxurious real estate, and for those looking for a waterfront view, world-class restaurants and shopping, extravagant hotels, and more, this is the place to be. Check out our latest report on Marina property values in Q1 of 2022.

7. Dubai Marina Service Charges

The service charges for Dubai Marina vary depending on the size and type of your property. They can range from AED 16.1 to AED 19.8 per sq ft, per year. Generally, the larger and more luxurious the property, the higher the service charge.

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Property Name

Service Charge

  AED / Sq.Ft

1

23 Marina

17.42

2

Amwaj 4

12.45

3

Bayside Residence

19.52

4

Cayan Tower

13.11

5

Elite Residence

12.41

6

Jumeirah Living Marina Gate

18.06

7

Marina Arcade

13.02

8

Marina Heights

14.62

9

Marina Promenade

15.62

10

Sky View Tower

13.56

8. Dubai Marina Properties

The Dubai Marina was built with contemporary living in mind, and its properties are some of the most sought-after in the city. For those looking for a luxurious penthouse or a stylish apartment, there's something for everyone in this vibrant community.

To Buy

There are numerous options to buy contemporary homes in Dubai Marina that offer beachfront living at its finest.

Latest Apartments for Sale in Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the city's most sought-after and popular waterfront destinations. We’ve listed some of the latest apartments for sale in Dubai Marina that are available, have a look below:

Latest Villas for Sale in Dubai Marina

The community has multiple options to choose from among the latest villas for sale in Dubai Marina that have been listed on LuxuryProperty.com.

Latest Penthouses for Sale in Dubai Marina

There are many beautiful latest penthouses for sale in Dubai Marina available, offering stunning views of the marina or the ocean.

To Rent

For those looking for a luxurious lifestyle with beautiful waterfront views, Dubai Marina is the perfect place to rent a property. The contemporary properties here offer beachfront living with all the amenities residents could need.

Latest Apartments for Rent in Dubai Marina

Looking for an apartment to rent in Dubai Marina? We can help you find the perfect place to call home. With our extensive listings, you're sure to find a place that meets your needs and budget.

Latest Penthouses for Rent in Dubai Marina

With stunning views of the Persian Gulf and easy access to some of the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, a penthouse in Dubai Marina for rent is the perfect choice for anyone looking for the ultimate Dubai experience.

Dubai Marina Property Tours

If you're considering purchasing property in Dubai Marina, be sure to take a look at some of the available tours. These tours can give you a better idea of what the area has to offer and help you make a more informed decision.

9. Investment Properties in Dubai Marina

As one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, Dubai is a city that offers both an opportunity for a thriving investment portfolio and a vibrant lifestyle. Among the many neighborhoods in Dubai, the Dubai Marina is especially popular with those looking for upscale living and investment properties. Featuring luxurious high-rise apartments and a buzzing nightlife, it's easy to see why the Dubai Marina is so popular with investors and ex-pats alike.

10. Nearby Communities

Dubai Marina is one of the most popular areas for waterfront living. With its high-rise towers and lovely views of the surroundings, the neighborhood is a major attraction for both residents and tourists alike. But what many people don’t know is that there are a number of other neighborhoods in Dubai that offer much of the same appeal as Dubai Marina. Let’s take a look at some of these neighborhoods and see what they have to offer investors and homeowners.

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1. Al Barari 2. District One 3. Emirates Hills
4. Business Bay 5. Arabian Ranches 6. Dubai Hills Estate
4. Dubai Creek Harbour 5. City Walk & Central Park 6. Jumeirah Golf Estates
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