Dubai Marina

Known by most as Dubai Marina, this area has been renamed under the new addressing system as ‘Marsa Dubai’. The epitome of new Dubai’s rise to modern prominence, apartment buildings line every inch of the man-made waterway, while between the marina and the shore is the massive Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) development, which dwarfs nearby beach resorts, such as the Hilton and the Ritz-Carlton. The pedestrianised walkways that run around the marina and parallel to the coast have evolved into lively strips of cafes and restaurants, which throng with people in the evenings when the lit-up skyscrapers are at their most impressive. There is some construction going on in this area as a new tramway is being built throughout Marsa Dubai, while the planned Dubai Eye project will see the building of Bluewaters Island off the southern canal entrance to hold the world’s tallest observation wheel, along with leisure amenities and residential developments.

Marina Walk
Marina Walk boulevard provides continuous pedestrian access around the 11km perimeter of the water and is a popular circuit for morning joggers, skaters and cyclists. It is a great place for a stroll any time but it really comes to life in the evenings and cooler months when you can sit and gaze out across the rows of gleaming yachts and flashing lights of high-rise hotels and apartments. Dubai Marina Mall sits along the walkway with a number of alfresco cafes connecting the mall with the boulevard bustle.

Jumeirah Beach Residence
Nearby, The Walk at JBR is an outdoor parade of shops, restaurants and hotels parallel to the beach that has become a huge leisure-time draw for Dubai visitors and residents. Walking from one end to the other of this 1.7km promenade will take you past a whole host of retail and eating options, with the scores of alfresco diners and Saturday strollers creating a lively atmosphere and providing some excellent people-watching opportunities.

Across from this is the brand new shopping complex, The Beach, with a host of restaurants and cafes overlooking the sea, as well as public facilities such as a running track, outdoor gym equipment and a low cost kids' splash park. The actual beach here is massively popular during the cooler months, and fills with crowds of families and groups of friends at weekends. The waters are fairly calm here and the shallow areas are scattered with bathers, while the nearby hotels offer a variety of watersports such as parasailing and boat rides that anyone can sign up for.

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