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How to get to Dubai Marina and what to see there?

This article covers how to get to Dubai Marina, what to see, where to go, what attractions are available, and which metro stations are located near the beach.

26 04 2023

Dubai Marina is one of the most lively and iconic areas of the city, surrounded by famous skyscrapers, elegant yachts, the main promenade of Dubai, and many other establishments. In this article, we will explore how to get to this location and what to do there. Spoiler alert: you definitely won't get bored.

How to get to Dubai Marina


By public transport:  

Tram: There are seven Dubai Tram stops located in the district, which allow you to conveniently reach all the main points of Dubai Marina. If you want to stroll along The Walk, ride to Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 or Jumeirah Beach Residence 2. If you need high-rise buildings, get off at Mina Seyahi or Marina Towers. The Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina Mall, and Jumeirah Lake Towers stations run along the outer perimeter of the district and may be useful depending on where you need to go.

Bus: Three buses run to Dubai Marina: 8, 84, and night bus N55. In most cases, the bus stops and tram stops match each other.

Metro: Sobha Realty and DMCC stations are located right on the border of the district – the easiest way to get to Marina by metro. Al Khail is a little further away, but we do not recommend walking from this station as the entire route runs along highways and major road junctions, and is unlikely to be enjoyable.

By car:  

From DXB: The airport is directly connected to the district via Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai's main road artery: it's enough to just drive straight and turn at the right sign.

From DWC: Getting to Dubai Marina from this airport is a bit more complicated. First, you need to get onto Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and then turn onto Airport Road Al Maktoum – it will lead you to Sheikh Zayed Road. The further algorithm is the same as in the previous route.

From any other point of the city: There aren't many highways in Dubai, and almost all of them lead to Sheikh Zayed Road. The main thing is to get to this highway, and then just drive straight and not miss the right turn.

Parking: Parking may be the problem: there are few spaces, and the fee rates are high. It's almost impossible to park your car on the street. The most optimal option is to use the underground parking at Dubai Marina Mall, but there's no guarantee that there will be free spaces available.

What to do in the area?  

Take a stroll along The Walk.  

The Walk is Dubai's main shopping promenade. It's like Arbat Street in Moscow, only longer and more busy: the street stretches for seven kilometers, and the concentration of restaurants and retail per square meter is simply off the charts. People come here to eat well, shop, ride bikes, have fun with friends, and simply admire the views. On one side, the promenade overlooks the Persian Gulf, and on the other, there's a huge man-made marina with numerous yachts, from which the area got its name.

The nearest metro station is Sobha Realty, and it takes fifteen minutes to walk to The Walk from there. Bus routes 8 and 84 run along the promenade, and at both ends of the street, there are stops for the Dubai monorail Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 and Jumeirah Beach Residence 2.

The Walk promenade

Admire the architecture

You have probably seen those canonical Dubai photos: the sea and sand in the background, a cluster of Arab-style skyscrapers in the background, and a tower with a golden dome on top completing the composition. All of this is the Dubai Marina skyscrapers and the tower called the Princess Tower. To appreciate the architectural merits of this location, it is enough to look around: the futuristic high-rise buildings are awe-inspiring and, in combination with the waters of the marina, create a unique urban space.

Enjoy waterslides in AquaFun waterpark  

Dubai loves to set records, including among giant water parks. AquaFun is the world's largest inflatable water park, which will delight those who prefer sea water to swimming pools: it is located directly in the Persian Gulf, and here you will splash around only in the sea. The project consists of a hundred-meter obstacle course, which is popular among children and adults. The park is open from 9:00 am until sunset, and each ticket provides full access for the whole day. You can splash around, take a small break, and then continue your adventures.

The Walk and AquaFun are separated by a one-minute walk – you just need to turn onto Marina Beach.

AquaFun from above

Ride the Ain Dubai Ferris wheel

Ain Dubai is another record holder on the list of Dubai's attractions. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world: its highest point reaches a mark of 250 meters, and one revolution takes 40 minutes. In addition to the breathtaking views of the city's skyscrapers, desert, and sea, an extensive range of event management services are offered here – you can organize a birthday party, make a proposal in a solemn atmosphere, or just order a cabin with a bar.

Currently, the Ferris wheel is closed, but it will start working again at the beginning of 2023. For now, we'll tell you how to get there: by car on Sheikh Zayed Road to the exit to Bluewaters Island or by bus F57 to the final stop with the same name.

Soak up the sun at JBR Beach  

JBR Beach is located in the premium residential cluster Jumeirah Beach Residence. It is an idyllic beach where not only locals but also guests from all over the world are welcome. If you just want to relax, you can do the classic beach program: swim, lie on the sand, and repeat several times. However, this is far from the only option – the list of activities includes parasailing, wakeboarding, camel riding, and volleyball. Authentic selection of restaurants along the seafront is also available. To the west, the beach smoothly merges into the no less wonderful Marina Beach.

JBR Beach runs parallel to The Walk, which has been mentioned several times before, so it's important to turn at the right time. You can use The Ritz Carlton or Meydan Beach Hotel as waymarks.

JBR Beach

Enjoy world cuisine at Pier 7

Pier 7 is a gastronomic attraction in the heart of Dubai Marina. The concept is simple: seven floors, six restaurants, six adventures. Fans of classic French cuisine will appreciate Atelier M, while Asian dishes take center stage in neighboring Asia Asia and Cargo. Abd el Wahab offers Arabic traditions, The Scene by Simon Rimmer offers recipes from the British Isles, and Mama Zonia serves exotic dishes from the Amazon Basin. The location is renowned not only for its festive cosmopolitan atmosphere but also for its stunning views – Pier 7 partly stands on the water and delights visitors with a beautiful panoramic view of Dubai Marina.

The easiest way to get there by public transport is to take the tram and get off at the Dubai Marina Mall stop. Then you will need to go around the large shopping center on the left and exit onto the waterfront. The building will be right in front of you. If you are driving, here is the address: Al Marsa Street, 70A.

Going out into open waters  

It's time to remember why Dubai Marina is called that in the first place: it's a place for yachts. There are marinas everywhere, and along the docks, elegant white vessels stand in neat rows. Many of these boats can be rented – dozens of companies throughout the district specialize in this. All you need to do is find a suitable one and set sail. You can take a tour with a crew that will take care of all the yacht management, or, if you have a license, you can go on a self-guided journey – just you, the sea, and your closest companions.

To make it easier for you to start your search, we have compiled a list of reliable rental companies: try Xclusive Yachts, Gold's Yachts, and Royal Blue Coast Yachts Rental. You can also use the classifieds aggregator Click&Boat, which directly connects yacht owners and those who want to ride on them. Prices start at 300 dirhams per hour.

Berths in Marina

Feel the adrenaline rush

Next to the beach is the famous extreme sports center SkyDive Dubai – an excellent option for those who want to experience such an adrenaline rush that will make their hearts go faster. Novices can try skydiving and fly at a speed of 200 km/h with an instructor, while experienced parachutists have the option of solo jumps. If jumping is scary, but you still want to fly, you can try the wind tunnel – the experience is almost the same, but no risk. There is also an option to fly over the city in a gyrocopter.

You can find out all the details and book a flight on the website. A jump with an instructor costs 2,200 dirhams, a solo jump is around 500 dirhams including equipment, and a gyrocopter flight costs 1,199 dirhams.

View of Palm Jumeirah from a bird's eye view.

Flying on the XLine zip line

Another extreme activity on our list, and another Dubai record. The XLine zip line opened in 2017 and immediately claimed the title of the world's longest zip line. It spans one kilometer and the starting platform is located 170 meters high. You'll be flying at a speed of 80 km/h, and the entire route runs through skyscrapers – an ideal opportunity to feel like a superhero. To make the experience even more intense, a harness system called Superman is used, which attaches visitors to the zip line from the back.

You can find all the details on the website. A ticket for one person costs approximately 650 dirhams. The meeting point is Dubai Marina Mall, from where you'll be taken to Amjaw Towers for the ride, and the zip line ends back at Dubai Marina Mall.

Shop till you drop at Dubai Marina Mall  

Now let's talk about Dubai Marina Mall itself. With four floors, 140 stores, and a retail area of 36,000 square meters, it's a classic shopping center that has everything you need for avid shopping and entertainment. The mall includes outlets for Boss, Balmain, COS, Fred Perry, and Pierre Cardin, designer boutiques, jewelry stores, sports shops, al fresco restaurants, and, of course, a cinema. You can go directly from the mall to the five-star hotel The Address, and Pier 7 is a two-minute walk away, as we mentioned earlier.

Right in front of the entrance to Dubai Marina Mall is a tram stop of the same name. The exact address is 66 Al Marsa Street.

Terrace in Dubai Marina Mall

Relax at Naturalife Spa Premium in Dubai

Naturalife Spa Premium is one of the best spa centers in Dubai. The premium quality can be seen in every detail, from the service and interior design to the products and procedures offered. There are many treatments available, including various massages from Thai to lymphatic drainage, Turkish and Moroccan hammams, scrubs, facial massages, and a long list of VIP services. There are also options for couples who want to relax together.

Take a leisurely cruise  

Before Dubai's oil boom, it was a small fishing town where fishermen went to sea on traditional Arab boats called dhows. While fishing is no longer the primary industry, dhows are still revered by locals as a reminder of the city's history. Now, you can take a leisurely evening cruise on them around Dubai Marina, perfect for spending quality time with your significant other. Enjoy traditional Arabic cuisine, quiet music, cozy lighting, belly dancing, the sound of water splashing against the boat, and stunning views of the Marina's skyscrapers from all sides. Rayna Tours organizes these cruises, and you can find more details at the link.

Venture into the desert  

While the sea and skyscrapers are impressive, sometimes you need a change of scenery. In Dubai, this is easily achieved by driving just a few kilometers to the desert. The most common ways to explore the desert are camel rides, sandboarding, quad bike tours, daytime safaris, and overnight camping safaris. Many tourist agencies offer desert excursions, including Rayna Tours.

Desert tent camping

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