ABOUT DUBAI MARINA
Dubai Marina is the most popular area for renting apartments in the UAE, generating the highest number of user searches according to Bayut's 2017 Dubai Real Estate Market Report, and surpassing other popular neighbourhoods in Dubai. A top choice for the stylish and sophisticated, Dubai Marina is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Dubai. This impressive community boasts luxury skyscrapers, a huge range of dining and entertainment options, and best of all, it offers urban waterfront living to its residents.
IN A NUTSHELL
- Over 200 luxurious residential towers including the distinctive Cayan Tower, known locally as "the twisting tower"
- Hosts community events throughout the year
- Apartments are perfect for young professionals and small families
- Great waterfront views from most buildings
- Perfect for water sports and fishing enthusiasts
- Residential apartments boast luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities
Dubai Marina is a meticulously-planned community, complete with a seamless network of roads and a picturesque Marina, filled with luxury yachts. It is a true testament to master developer, Emaar, who turned a 3km strip of shoreline and the 50 million sq. ft. area into a modern neighbourhood that offers a chic Riviera-style lifestyle to Dubai residents. A pivotal feature of this multi-purpose neighbourhood is a large canal stretching over 3.5km providing access to the sea on both ends. Potential residents can choose from an assortment of luxurious apartments in high-rise buildings, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Marina.
Properties in Dubai Marina
There are more than 200 residential towers in Dubai Marina spread over 10 districts, each offering spectacular views of the city and the harbour. Living in Dubai Marina offers residents a vibrant, high-res community, so it is more geared towards apartment living, although there is also a limited number of state-of-the-art podium villas, to peak the interest of investors who are interested in purchasing villas in Dubai Marina. Apartments in Dubai Marina vary from studios in varying sizes, through 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, all the way up to luxurious penthouses with 5 or more bedrooms.
Dubai Marina has a number of freehold property projects, giving expats and foreign investors full ownership of the property purchased. In case you are interested in owning property in this chic neighbourhood, sale prices for studios currently starts at AED 500k, for 1-bedroom apartments in Dubai Marina range from AED 645k to AED 2.4M, rising all the way up to AED 45M for one of those luxurious 5-bedroom penthouses in Dubai Marina.
While the community is made up of mixed nationalities, the majority tend to be from Europe. Apart from the elegant appeal of life by the water, young professionals, couples and small families prefer living in Dubai Marina due to its close proximity to business districts like Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, making their work commute more manageable.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Dubai Marina
Most residential towers in Dubai Marina have dedicated floors providing parking spaces for tenants and owners. The area also has a few public parking spots, including one near Dubai Marina Walk, for those dropping by for an outing. However, finding a convenient parking spot is not always an easy feat, and most people end up using public transport to reach the area.
There are two Metro stations in Dubai Marina: Damac Properties and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, both offering a way of avoiding the peak-hour traffic on the roads. The roads tend to get busy in the evenings, so the Metro can be a good way to shorten the time it takes for you to get home after work. Getting around the neighbourhood is a lot easier with the Dubai Tram, with its 11 tram stations, stretching from Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) to Al Sufouh.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
Supermarkets in Dubai Marina
The area's Dubai Marina Mall houses Waitrose, where residents can get their grocery shopping done. Apart from this, the other supermarkets in Dubai Marina include Spinneys and Al Maya which cater to the day-to-day needs of tenants and owners living in the neighbourhood. Other convenience stores such as Zoom and West Zone are also dotted around Dubai Marina in various buildings.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES in Dubai Marina
Like all residential areas in Dubai, there is a mosque in Dubai Marina, and it is the Masjid Al Rahim, which has a capacity for up to 2,000 worshippers. It opened in 2014 and is now regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the UAE. The call to prayer can be heard five times a day, particularly on lower floors of apartment buildings in the vicinity of a mosque. The nearest church is about 15 minutes’ drive, while a temple is located about 25 minutes away.
Schools in Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina offers options for families who are looking for nurseries for younger children. There is a nursery located on the Dubai Marina Walk, which is easily accessible from most towers. For older children, schools are located in nearby areas such as Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, and The Springs, giving you plenty of options. Almost all of these are a short drive away while the Metro may be an option, particularly during the coolest months of the year. There are also many higher education options as Knowledge Village is 10-minutes from the Marina community and is also easily accessible by the tram network.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN DUBAI MARINA
The neighbourhood also houses medical clinics and centres for family health needs. These include Aster Clinic, Medcare Medical Centre Marina and an Emirates Hospitals Clinic. Pharmacies are also conveniently located at regular intervals around Dubai Marina.
TOP 5 BUILDINGS IN DUBAI MARINA
In an area which has so many towers to choose from, it can be quite a task to pick the one that’s best for you. Take a look at the top 5 buildings in Dubai Marina to help your cause.
The most popular sub-community in the area is Marina Diamonds. This cluster of seven residential buildings offers residents the best in amenities and lifestyle. Rents for studios in this sought-after community within Dubai Marina average about AED 60k, while renting a 1-bedroom apartment in Marina Diamonds ranges from AED 60k to AED 155k. Families looking to move to the prestigious building can opt for 3-bedroom apartments, which rent for AED 160k. The cluster of high-rises is famous for its unobstructed views of the Marina and the city, which make the higher floors more desirable for those looking for those enviable Marina views.
Marina Pinnacle and Princess Tower were also popular among users interested in moving to Dubai Marina.
Dubai Marina is centrally located in the city, just off of the arterial road connecting all of Dubai – Sheikh Zayed Road. It is tucked between Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the coast, between Dubai Media City and Jebel Ali Freezone. JBR and The Palm Jumeirah are also within close proximity.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls in Dubai Marina
There is yet to be an area in Dubai that doesn’t have a mall for you to get your shopping fix. Dubai Marina Mall, located conveniently on Sheikh Zayed Road, offers residents of Dubai Marina a variety of retail options, covering everything from high-street fashion to books.
JBR’s The Beach mall is also just a stone’s throw away, offering residents an outdoorsy and off-beat shopping experience. There is a smaller selection of luxury fashion brands and speciality stores, but more than enough to satisfy the need for a retail therapy hit.
Restaurants in Dubai Marina
Living in Dubai Marina will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to food. Dubai Marina Walk is lined with al fresco cafés and restaurants with delicious cuisine from all over the world to entice your taste buds. There is also a wide variety of casual restaurants in Dubai Marina, along with fine dining options and nightspots. The area is something of a favourite and attracts visitors from all over the city. Dubai Marina is a popular place to visit on weekends to socialize and enjoy dinner with gorgeous waterfront views.
Dining at one of the seven fine-dining restaurants in the hugely popular Pier 7 is an absolute must. The stunning circular building offers pretty views of the Dubai skyline and has a different restaurant on each of its seven floors - a culinary adventure that you just can't miss! Also popular is the luxury hotel, Grosvenor House, that offers the best selection of fine-dining restaurants in Dubai Marina. Whether it's a formal business meeting or just a classy dinner with the spouse, the area has a little bit of everything for you to choose from.
Beaches Near Dubai Marina
To indulge in some watersports, Dubai Marina residents can head to the JBR Beach. This popular beach is easily accessible from most towers in Dubai Marina via Dubai Tram. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities including water sports, parasailing, banana boating, and wakeboarding. The other open beach is over in Jumeirah, which is a 30 minutes’ drive away.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
A major part of the appeal for those living in Dubai Marina is the waterfront lifestyle and everything it represents. Apart from taking in the stunning views, there is plenty on offer to entertain you. To experience a little of the sea life around which the Marina is built, you can head down to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and charter a yacht, or there are numerous outlets for watersports enthusiasts, including fishing, wakeboarding, jetskiing, flyboarding and more.
For those looking to explore Dubai Marina, or simply partake in fun activities over the weekend, The Yellow Boats is an excellent option. With a booth on the marina, these folks will set you up with a sightseeing tour, cruising around the stunning Palm Jumeirah and the awe-inspiring skyline of Dubai Marina. They organise a group and corporate tours, as well as yacht charter services.
Dubai Marina Mall also offers a number of leisure activities including a Little Explorers children’s activity centre, and it regularly hosts free indoor events for children during the summer months. Dubai Marina Walk hosts a popular outdoor market in cooler months, where visitors can shop for unique and off-beat goods.
Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall is where cinema-goers can catch the latest movies, and sometimes even football matches aired on the big screen. Reel Cinemas offers one of the best cinema experiences in the city and if you live in Dubai Marina, you will come to love the fact that you have a cinema nearby.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Dubai Marina Walk is not only lined with eateries but also offers residents a great outdoor area for long walks, evening runs and even cycling. The 7km promenade has bike rental stations where you can rent a bicycle in Dubai Marina to take in beautiful views of yachts moored at the Marina as you cycle. Quad bikes for children are also available on the Marina Walk, so the little ones can enjoy a ride along the Marina too.
For fitness enthusiasts, Dubai Marina offers a variety of gyms and work-out studios to pick from. Most notably, SUP Fit offers water-based workouts, and, TribeFIT which is a ‘social gym’, are the most popular. In cooler months, you can also head out for early morning yoga sessions at JBR Beach. Most residential towers in Dubai Marina also have state-of-the-art gym equipment for you to get a quick workout closer to home.
The community is complete with upscale spas and salons for the chic and sophisticated. The Spa, located in The Address Dubai Marina is a favourite, along with Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in nearby Palm Jumeirah.
Dubai Marina has a number of community events held throughout the year. Its developer Emaar holds a number of children’s events along Marina Walk to keep the little ones happy and entertained. Along with this, the cooler months are usually buzzing with outdoor craft markets held at the Marina promenade, featuring handicrafts and speciality products by local small business owners.
Numerous hotels in and around Dubai Marina host Iftars and Suhoors in Ramadan. These events are held in beautifully decorated Ramadan tents that reflect the tradition and heritage of this holy month. In addition to several restaurants in Dubai Marina, offering special Iftar meals, the popular Address Dubai Marina also sets up an Iftar tent every year. During Eid, residents can look forward to a dazzling display of fireworks along the shore of JBR.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
While living in Dubai Marina has its perks, there are a few things to know before you decide to move to this neighbourhood. There are mild inconveniences in the neighbourhood, mostly for those who drive. Despite being one of the most well-connected areas in Dubai in terms of public transport, the roads in Dubai Marina tend to get congested, especially during rush hour. Similarly, public parking spaces are limited, so those visiting friends or family in Dubai Marina might be better off taking a cab or catching a metro ride instead. Finally, there are currently no schools, only nurseries, in the area, so you will need to factor getting your youngsters to their school in a neighbouring district, or even one further afield, depending on your preferences, into your morning routine.
- Dubai International Airport is about 25 minutes away (via Sheikh Zayed Road)
- 6 minutes’ drive to get on to Sheikh Zayed Road (depending on traffic)
- Business hub Dubai Media City is 12 minutes away, while DIFC is a 20 minutes’ drive
- Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 20 minutes away