Dubai indeed is home to a lot of marvels in engineering. From Palm Jumeirah to Burj Khalifa, the city features something that defies nature. Another amazing feat in the city is the Dubai Marina, a luxury man-made marina that is built along the stretch of the Persian Gulf. It is laden with tall skyscrapers, affluent beach resorts, and shop and dine at the world-renowned shops and restaurants along Dubai Marina Promenade and Dubai Marina Mall. If you are planning to go to the sophisticated Dubai district soon, here is the ultimate guide to Dubai Marina.
Things to do / highlights
Relax aboard a yacht at Dubai Marina Yacht Club
There’s nothing more amazing than relaxing aboard a luxurious and elegant yacht. The best place for you to ride a yacht is at Dubai Marina Yacht Club. It is a haven for lovers of the sea during the day and it becomes a haven for partygoers during the night. It also provides a place for up to 500 yachts to dock and a facility to process sailing permits.
Shop 'til you drop at Dubai Marina Mall
Home to over 140 shops, boutiques, and restaurants that are known all over the world, Dubai Marina Mall is the number one destination to shop for everything luxurious. With its admirable architectural and interior design, you will surely want to visit this mall. There are also great views of the waters, cinemas, and a supermarket. Some of the world-famous brands in the mall include Adidas, ALDO, Bath and Body Works, Hugo Boss, MAC, Starbucks, KFC, and many more.
What to eat
If you are looking for a serene and fine dining experience, then Pier 7 would be the best place for you. Each of its floors features seven different restaurants offering different cuisines, presentation, ambiance, and flavors. Get to eat with style as you see the great views of the whole city, the Arabian Gulf, and the entire Dubai Marina. You can also eat indoors or dine alfresco.
Another great way to spend the night is to arrange for a sunset dinner cruise with Xclusive Yachts. Enjoy being treated like royalty onboard a luxurious yacht at this two-hour dinner cruise. Fill yourself with a sumptuous buffet at Address Hotel that comes with several food stations, including pasta, international cuisines, a dessert bar, and unlimited drinks. Finish your meal by just hanging out and relaxing at the air-conditioned lower deck or the open-air upper deck while you enjoy the views of Dubai Marina at night.
Things to buy
Attars or Arabic perfume oils are one of the most popular souvenirs to bring home from Dubai. Attars are alcohol-free perfumes that are extracted from plants that are processed and bottled. There is a myriad of scents to choose from, but the vendor would be more than willing to help you choose the best scent for you and your loved one.
Another souvenir unique to Dubai is an authentic pashmina shawl made of Cashmere. They might be a bit expensive but buying one will be very worth it. It is made from goat hair that is combined with silk to produce the textile that is then made into shawls. There are also non-authentic ones but they are not as silky and soft as the original ones.
Get a Go Dubai Card
Getting a Go Dubai Card is probably the best decision that you will make when visiting the city. This will give you access to exclusive discounts and promos on admission rates to the majority of the attractions in the city. This is very helpful, especially to those traveling on a budget but wants to experience the lavishness of Dubai Marina.
Dubai is not as conservative as you think
If you talk about Middle Eastern countries, the first thing that comes into your mind is that PDA, homosexuality and the likes are prohibited. However, unlike other cities in the Middle East, Dubai is the most liberal and lax of them all. There are no laws that prohibit wearing certain kinds of clothes but it is recommended to wear something that is acceptable in their culture. Aside from that, the nightlife and the LGBTQ+ community in Dubai is teeming.
How to get there
Taxi, Uber and Careem
Of course, the most convenient way to travel places around Dubai is by taxis, Uber and Careem. However, traffic in Dubai is fast increasing, so you might want to stay away from the roads especially during rush hour.
The most efficient way to get to the Dubai Marina is through the Dubai Metro Station. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get to the Dubai Marina by train.
Get to the nearest Dubai Metro Station.
Look for the Red Line, which plies the route to DAMAC Properties Metro Station.
Get off the DAMAC Properties Metro Station and exit to the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Walk to the JLT exit.
Pass through the pedestrian overpass and turn right to Al Emreef Steert and turn slight left to the Dubai Marina Tram Station
From the Dubai Marina Tram Station, you can either turn right to the Dubai Marina Walk or head straight to the Dubai Marina Mall.
Get to see the whole city Dubai from a totally new perspective by joining this speedboat tour. The tour starts from Dubai Marina, where you receive a red carpet welcome and a short safety briefing. Then you can choose from a 90-minute full tour of the best sights of Dubai which ends at Jumeirah Beach. You get to see Dubai Marina, The Dubai Eye, and Jumeriah Beach among others.
Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab
Duration: 1.5 hour
Dubai Marina information
Address: Al Marsa St., Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Official website: Dubai Marina
Department of Tourism: Visit Dubai
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