Things to do in Dubai Marina
The heart of Dubai beats through towering architecture, upscale malls, high-class apartments, blue beaches, attractive waterfronts, high-plain desert and cultural dynamism. The one-stop destination to measure these factors is the Dubai Marina. With its unparalleled luxury, range of activities from cruising to skydiving, and strategic location, the region is a must place to visit, either you are in the emirate for a 10-hour layout or spending an entire vacation.
This is a manmade canal city, which is influenced and inspired by the Concord Pacific Place of Vancouver, and boasts a highly coveted lifestyle. Built along the Persian Gulf coast, it stretches to two miles and once the development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas.
Here are the best activities to do that will give you the real essence of Dubai Marina-
Have a romantic dinner on Dhow Cruise Marina
Carved out of the traditional boats (dhow), this modern restaurant floating on the waterbody is awe-inspiring. Dhow Cruise Marina
features two floors, the lower deck is modern glass covered houseboat, while the upper deck lets you breathe in the open air. Both decks offer breathtaking views of the environment and you will come across the brilliant towers and structures of Dubai Marina, including Dubai Marina residences, Villas of the Palm, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Cyan Towers, and multiple 5-star hotels, beaches and more. You are greeted with welcome drinks and dates. As you are unfolding the luxuries of the Marina one by one, you are served the international buffet with a variety of cuisine and refreshments coupled with live entertainment.
Ride on the RIB Speedboat
What amazing way to explore the Marina neighbourhood than the speedboat! The yacht club from where the boat starts is lined with beautiful yachts. It is a 90-minute fun-filled and action-packed sightseeing tour with an expert commentary that would enlighten you with the jaw-dropping Dubai Marina skyline. Dotted with high-rise, super-tall, uniquely-designed buildings, be ready to be surprised with the excellent views from the Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis The Palm to villas and palaces. Get your camera out of the bag to snap the Instagrammable pictures.
Shop at Dubai Marina Mall
Dubai Marina Mall is a leisure and all-in-one shopping mall. Its waterfront location, high-end brand stores, numerous food outlets, and entertainment zones will keep you busy for a long time. Across four levels of the structure, you will find 130 outlets, and premium chain stores like Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West and Cos, Giordano, Miss Selfridge and many more. It is called the perfect family destination for its six-screen Reel Cinemas, a wide array of restaurants from Japenese to Continental, and kids will love Gymboree, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, Adams Kids, Destination Maternity and Early Learning Centre.
Stroll on the Dubai Marina Walk
One of the other ways to admire the glory of Dubai Marina is to spend time at Marina Walk. The 7 km long pedestrian will take your entire day as the pathway is lined by 305 outlets, 69 restaurants and some outstanding architectures of the world. The Jumeirah Beach offers scenic views against the Arabian Gulf. The weekends then see the public shows and events of which you can have the firsthand experience. Later visit the Covent Garden Market for shopping the latest fashion trends, handmade jewellery and artisan-created souvenirs. At night, the opulence of the city is accentuated by the illumination.
Enjoy the adventurous sports
Forget simply strolling or swimming in Dubai Marina, but there are also adventurous sports that would challenge your guts. Here are the highlights-
- The longest urban zip line in 2017 was opened in the Marina and there was no stopping from then. The daring travellers from different corners of the world flocked to experience this. At 170m, it connects one of the JBR’s Amwaj Towers to the waterway of Marina Mall and runs at 80kms/hr.
- Not for the faint-hearted, skydiving over Palm Jumeirah is exceptional. You get to free fall from the top that rushes your adrenaline.
- Get drench in the JBR beach with jet skiing and flyboarding.
- Go cycling through pavement and tacks, or Street Workout Park.
Dine with a view at top restaurants
Amongst many luxurious buildings are the alfresco dining options, there are cafes with delicious gourmet dishes, rooftop dining with fresh air and panoramic views, and casual outlets for weekend hangouts. The dishes are like heaven in your mouth, such as lamb ribs, bread pudding, Pita Falafel, Paneer Naan, Butter Chicken, Choco Banana and more. To satiate your hunger pangs, the best picks of restaurants are Pier 7, Bateel Cafe, Simon Rimmer, Brothaus Bakery, Operation Falafel and Kebab Grill 44.
Party at Zero Gravity Club
Dubai is par belief, and Zero Gravity is following its foot trails. It is the place with high spirits and zeal. It is the ultimate spot for couples, youngsters and clubbers who want to gather and chill, slurp drinks, gobble multi-cuisine, swim in the pools, sunbathe at the beach, and laze at the lounges.
Unwind at a spa
When you are done exploring the Marina, escape to the world of serenity and tranquillity at a spa. The spa rooms are well-equipped and maintained to provide you with the utmost relaxation. The masseur is an expert who is trained to loosen your body with the right pressure and stretch. There is a dedicated space for wellness that contains steam room, sauna and thermal pools to provide everything from full body massage to facial. The pampering treatment will keep you ready for more fun.
Dubai has a reputation for being extravagant, so splurging out is common. And while thinking of budget activities could be challenging, we have found the FREE stuff to do:
- Easen and stretch out with free yoga at Karma Yoga.
- Bask in the sun at the poolside of Barasti.
- Check out the unusual street art adorning buildings, parking and pillars at Marina Walk.
So, reserve your time in Dubai for Dubai Marina as it can be one of the memorable things you would do in the city.