A guide to Dubai Marina
Explore one of the city’s liveliest neighbourhoods

As far as locations go, there's no denying the pull of Dubai Marina. Skyscrapers are poised alongside the winding canal, where luxury yachts patiently wait for their next outing. The area – which extends from Al Sufouh Road and comprises Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) – has forged itself as one of the city's busiest neighbourhoods. Naturally, there's plenty to do but here are some highlights to help you get started.

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Go on a cruise

What better way to explore the wonderful water neighbourhood than on a cruise?

Climb aboard a traditional dhow and explore the waterways of Dubai Marina with Captain Jack. The cruise departs every hour from Dubai Marina and can be joined at any time of the day. The surprisingly spacious vessel allows for voyagers to sprawl out on bean bags with cool beverages as it meanders along, showing off the area’s incredible architecture and scenery, before making its way to the outskirts of Palm Jumeirah island.

For a VIP experience, book an evening cruise with Xclusive Yachts. Departing at 8pm nightly from Pier 7 in Dubai, visitors will enjoy a gourmet menu aboard a 125-foot yacht. Try and book a seat on the upper deck for the best views.

Contact Details:
Captain Jack, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina
+971 4 368 2480
Xclusive Yachts, Level 13, Marina Plaza
+971 4 457 3185

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Shop, eat and swim

Shop, eat and swim

An impressive outdoor entertainment development located directly opposite JBR's The Walk, The Beach is a hive of activity. Its modern, low-rise design elevates the enviable beachside location and there are more than 70 shopping and dining options to try, including Italian designer Roberto Cavalli's cafe concept, Cavalli Caffè. Buy some souvenirs at I Love Dubai, then enjoy a quick swim in the sea or play sports on the sand. Afterwards, refuel on grilled seafood at Mediterranean find Eat Greek or mega burgers at US import, The Cheesecake Factory.

If you’re in the mood to explore further, the new Bluewaters Island by Meraas – home to the world’s second Caesars Palace hotel and chic Cove Beach club – is a quick 15-minute walk from The Beach.

Contact Details:
The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence
+971 4 317 3999

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Delicious dining

Enjoy al fresco dining

For sunshine-filled meals to remember, you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Walk. One of the highlights here is Bateel Café – famed for its gourmet dates. It’s the perfect culinary pit-stop thanks to its fine European-inspired cuisine and date-inspired creations.

Nearby, Pier 7 in Dubai Marina has carved out a name for itself as one of the city's most exclusive dining hubs. Seven dining concepts occupy each floor of the all-glass cylindrical structure adjacent to Dubai Marina Mall. Top of the list is The Scene by Simon Rimmer, where British comfort food is king. Afterwards, you can keep the party going at Pier 7’s Cargo or Asia Asia afterwards.

Contact Details:
Pier 7 beside Dubai Marina Mall
+971 4 421 5669
Bateel, Sadaf 1, Jumeirah Beach Residence
+971 4 456 5837

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XLine Dubai

Fly over the marina at high-speed

Forget simply scoping out the marina from a tall building – no, that’s so 2016. The world’s longest urban zipline opened in 2017, and thrill-seekers have been flocking to it ever since. The team from XLine run flights from 170m up one of the JBR’s Amwaj Towers, across to the other side of the waterway on top of Marina Mall, every day of the year.

With participants reaching speeds of up to 80 kms/hr as they hurtle across the water, it’s not an activity for the faint-hearted.

Contact Details:
XLine Dubai Marina, Level P, Marina Mall
+971 4 457 3212

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Dubai Marina Mall

Shop for high-street favourites

The Dubai Marina Mall is a community favourite with a children’s play centre, exceptional dining and an edit of essential high-street stores such as H&M, Cos, River Island and Monsoon.

While bustling, especially on weekends, it’s the ideal place to browse and shop to your leisure. Families with young kids will also want to check out Little Explorers – an edutainment sanctuary for children between the ages of two to seven.

The outdoor area by the mall also hosts seasonal events, including street carnivals, al fresco cinema celebrations and music festivals.

Contact Details:
Dubai Marina Mall
+971 4 436 1020

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