Welcome to Dubai Marina, a destination as awe-inspiring as it is accessible, and where luxury meets adventure and futuristic architecture kisses the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or dreaming of your first big trip, the neighborhood has something for everyone.
In this article, we’ll explore what to do in Dubai Marina, unveiling its treasures and helping you make memories that will last a lifetime. Together, we’ll delve into the best activities, dining spots, and relaxation hubs that this dynamic district has to offer. Grab your passport, exchange some dirhams, and let’s go exploring.
About Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is essentially a city within a city situated in the heart of Dubai, near the Palm Jumeirah and adjacent to hotspots such as Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and Dubai Media City. Its combination of stunning architecture, waterfront living, and a vibrant lifestyle has made it one of Dubai’s most sought-after areas. All in all, Dubai Marina is a symbol of modern urban planning and luxurious living, attracting residents, tourists, and business professionals alike.
Things to do in Dubai Marina
Entertainment and leisure
Dubai Marina offers a colorful mix of entertainment and shopping experiences to complement its stunning waterfront setting. Here are some highlights to enjoy.
Dubai Marina Walk
Dubai Marina Walk is a captivating waterfront spot. Featuring a seven-kilometer path lined with palm trees that hug the picturesque emerald waterway of the neighborhood, you can enjoy leisurely walks, shop around, and indulge in delicious dining experiences along the promenade.
Dubai Marina beach
Ideal for families, Dubai Marina beach offers a range of kids’ activities like inflatable water parks, mini trains, and camel rides, while catering equally to adults. Here, you can unwind in a cabana, enjoy beach volleyball, try jet skiing or wakeboarding, and explore waterside markets.
Dubai Marina Mall
The ultimate lifestyle haven, Dubai Marina Mall offers an array of top-tier brands across clothing, beauty, and homeware. When hunger strikes, you won’t be disappointed either — the mall is home to numerous eateries.
Eating and drinking
Speaking of eating, a myriad of culinary options beckons along the shorefront. Here are some of our top picks for cafés and restaurants in Dubai Marina.
Created by the influential culinary force Bull and Roo in the UAE, Common Grounds café caters to everyone, including vegans, vegetarians, and those with dietary restrictions. It’s a welcoming space where you can enjoy scrumptious breakfast and lunch options.
Bistro Des Artes
Craving some French cuisine? Bistro Des Artes has got you covered. No matter the time of day — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — this charming spot by the water serves up your favorite French dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Don’t miss out on their amazing steak frites — it’s a taste of “l’Hexagone” that you won’t want to miss.
Pure Sky Lounge
One of our favorite bars in Dubai Marina is Pure Sky Lounge, located on the 35th floor of Hilton Dubai The Walk. It’s a peaceful and calm spot where you can enjoy an amazing view of sunsets. Pure Sky Lounge provides a great destination to relax, take in the beautiful scenery, and grab a great drinks deal all at once.
Watersports and adventure
Dubai Marina offers a plethora of exciting activities that cater to adventure enthusiasts. Here’s a glimpse of what you can enjoy.
Dubai Marina ferry
The Dubai Ferry is a wonderful addition to the city’s neverending list of tourist attractions. Embark at Dubai Marina or other convenient locations and treat yourself to views of some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. This helpful guide provides all the information you need to plan your trip.
Zipline Dubai Marina
Soaring through the skies and gliding across Dubai Marina on the world’s longest urban zipline is an extraordinary adventure, available both during the day and under the starry night sky. If you’re a thrill-seeker who relishes a good challenge, this experience is tailor-made for you.
Dubai Marina boat ride
See Dubai’s landmarks and beautiful coastline from the deck of a speedboat on the Persian Gulf. This captivating boat tour is available during both the early morning and late evening, allowing you to enjoy the sights while avoiding the scorching desert heat. Don’t forget to bring your camera for memorable photo opportunities.
So, that’s the rundown on Dubai Marina! If you haven’t already found your perfect homestay in the city, be sure to check out our range of Airbnb rentals here.