The cityscape of Dubai is changing rapidly. When we first visited the Dubai Marina in 2013, much was not yet finished or was in the planning stage. So we were very excited about how the trendy neighbourhood has developed.
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Things to know about the Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is located about 25 kilometers southwest of Downtown Dubai and is well connected to the city’s public transport network. With the metro of the red line you can reach the marina relatively quickly and cheaply. The stations are Damac Properties (Dubai Marina) and JLT (DMCC Metro Station 1). From the metro stations you can either walk to the marina or use the Dubai Tram, a tram that runs between Al Sufouh and Jumeirah Beach Residences.
The Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is a relatively young district. It was only in 2003 that the foundation stone for a spectacular new district was laid with the removal of a four-kilometre-long water channel. The complex, which is about 4 square kilometres, including water, will include around 200 skyscrapers, apartments and hotels once completed. A seven-kilometre-long pedestrian promenade runs along the marina. Here you will find small cafés, restaurants, food trucks, shopping opportunities and much more.
In the centre of the marina is the 36,000 m² Dubai Marina Mall with over 140 shops, restaurants, cinemas and a play area.
The promenade “The Walk”
The 1.7-kilometre promenade “The Walk” was opened in 2008 and has been one of Dubai’s hot spots ever since. Rarely have we seen so many luxury sports cars and large SUVs, comparable perhaps a little to Ocean Drive in Miami. This is about seeing and being seen. The Walk is one of Dubai’s first outdoor pedestrian streets. On one side of the promenade you can find luxury hotels such as Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Across the street you can find the 40 residential towers of the Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) apartment complex.
The JBR Street Art Painting
The most beautiful photo spots in the Dubai Marina can be found on the large open staircases that connect “The Walk” with the plaza above. Many of these entrances are decorated with funny and colorful street art paintings. The most beautiful motif for us is a wall with a giraffe.
Thanks to the clever 3D representation, the street art painting looks as real as if you were really feeding the giraffe 🙂
The Beach, JBR
The public beach of the JBR is certainly one of the most popular in Dubai. Here you will find everything – from small cafés, restaurants, shops, supermarkets to various water sports such as parasailing, flyboards, jet ski, kayak, stand-up paddle board, banana boat or wakeboarding. The beach also offers numerous sports activities such as beach volleyball, beach football, beach tennis or a jogging track.
As on other beaches in Dubai or Zabeel Park, you can find the “Smart Palms” here. Smart Palms are palm-like entities that provide free Wi-Fi and were you can charge your smartphone or tablet for free. There are now more than 50 Smart Palms in Dubai. The energy for the smart palm is provided by the sun, whose palm leaves are equipped with efficient solar panels.
The Ferris Wheel Ain Dubai (Bluewaters Island)
From the beach of the Dubai Marina you have a great view of the Ain Dubai – the one with a height of more than 210 meters largest Ferris wheel in the world! The Ain will be built on the man-made luxury island of Bluewaters, located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence, and will provide a unique panoramic view of the Dubai skyline.
A map with all attractions in DubaiOn Google MyMaps we have marked all important sights and attractions in Dubai.
Our travelogues from DubaiDubai is an insanely diverse city and has quite a few attractions to offer. In our previous vacations, we had gotten to know the city only as a classic "stopover destination". Thereby, we didn't really have much time to explore the many sights of the city. And the desert metropolis is a true photo and Instagram paradise. One motif is more beautiful and spectacular than the other. The tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the largest building in the world in the form of a picture frame (Dubai Frame), the largest shopping center (Dubai Mall), the largest Ferris wheel (Ain Dubai), the largest flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden), the tallest hotel (Burj Al Arab) to the largest fountain system in the world (The Plam Fountain) and many more.
In addition, Dubai has developed so rapidly in recent years, so that we now had enough time to explore the desert metropolis on the Persian Gulf a little better due to a longer vacation. Here you can find our travel reports about the city of superlatives.
The 20 most beautiful Photo Spots & Instagrammable Places in Dubai
The Swissôtel Al Murooj & our first long-haul flight with baby
Burj Al Arab – Photo Spots & Tea Time in the Skyview Bar
Das Hotel Atlantis the Palm, Lost Chambers Aquarium & Aquaventure Waterpark
Dubai Miracle Garden & the Dubai Butterfly Garden
The Pointe – The Palm Fountain at Palm Jumeirah
Al Seef Dubai, Dubai Museum, Spice Souk & Gold Souk
Dubai Marina – JBR, The Walk, The Beach & Ain Dubai
Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park & Dubai Garden Glow
La Mer – Beach, Shopping & Boardwalk in Jumeirah
Dubai Creek Harbour – The new harbour district in Dubai
Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & the Underwater Zoo
Burj Khalifa – The most beautiful Instagram photo spots
Burj Khalifa – Things to know, At the Top & Dubai Fountain