Cosmopolitan living in the world’s largest man-made Marina
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Dubai Marina is a district in the City of Dubai, sometimes called ‘New Dubai’ due to the fact it is a man-made concept; an artificial canal city, built by water along a two-mile stretch of the Persian Gulf, located close to Jebel Ali Port, and the American University in Dubai. The area houses a plethora of luxury hotels, high-rise apartment complexes and developments all of which contribute to the wealthy, cosmopolitan look and feel of Dubai Marina.
Dubai property developers love to build things taller and shinier than anywhere else in the world. With Dubai Marina, they've gone bigger. Quite literally, the Dubai Marina is allegedly the biggest marina in the world and is expected to house 120,000 residents when it’s completed.
Many have described Dubai Marina as busy and crowded. Space in this area is expensive and has resulted in the construction of tall, high-rise developments and buildings. The development of the Marina 101 scheduled for completion in 2015 is a classic example, since it will be 101 stories high when completed and will house hotel rooms and luxury residential apartments.
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is one of the most famous areas of the Dubai Marina. Remarkably, it comprises over forty towers of which five are luxury hotels and hotel apartments. Popular towers in Dubai Marina include Princess Tower, Dubai’s second tallest building after Burj Khalifa, Elite Residence, 23 Marina or Marina Tower.
Residents of Dubai Marina are typically wealthy professionals, although the price of housing in the area has been coming down in 2014 which is attracting many more families, professional people and sporty types to take advantage of the affordable housing which is constantly being developed.
Apartments and villas for sale or for rent in some of Dubai Marina’s areas can be quite pricey by international standards, so some financial planning will be required to settle there. Most developments have gyms (apart from Jumeirah Beach Residence), pools and saunas. Some have kids' playrooms and lounges/conference areas.
There are many shopping malls to choose from, all within walking distance of Dubai Marina. The nearest major malls would be Dubai Marina Mall in one direction and Mall of the Emirates in the other. The Dubai Marina mall is smaller than neighbouring malls, but still has everything you could need and, possibly everything you don’t need, but might just fancy - valet parking or a place to moor your yacht while you’re shopping!
The largest supermarket is at Geant (Ibn Battuta) (5 minutes by car or taxi), Waitrose's at Marina Mall (650 m), as well as smaller supermarkets, such as Al Maya (JBR - Bahar) (300 m), Al Maya, South Marina (800 m) and others. There are lots of banks, hairdressers, chemists and a dentist.
With world class shopping comes fine dining and Dubai Marina is certainly no exception, with restaurants and designer bars a-plenty - the Buddha Bar, in the Grosvenor Hotel and beach-front restaurant, Baristi, particular favourites, attracting a young professional crowd. Pier 7 is a tower of gourmet restaurants and like in most buildings in Dubai Marina, the views are heavenly; look one way and you have crystal clear waters, the other way, an elegant picture of luxury yachts bobbing about in the Marina.
One of the main tourist attractions is known as ‘The Walk’ which is a 7km long stretch of yet more shops, cafes, bars and restaurants meandering through the Marina. Most people who choose to live in the Dubai Marina do not make the choice on the basis of its nearness to shops. It is all mostly the water and water views.
Bowling, scuba-diving and horse-riding are popular pastimes in the area and often the facilities that offer these activities are housed within or near the many five star hotels there. For avid golf fans, there is the Emirates or Montgomerie Golf Clubs, and for spa fans there are many fabulous, luxury spas. Of course, for lovers of sailing, there are a range of marina options, from the exclusive to the more relaxed and informal, providing for yachts from 8 - 50 metres.
Education: Dubai Marina has a nursery school – Dubai Marina Nursery - and several secondary schools to choose from.
Some secondary schools near Dubai Marina include:
- Dubai College
- Gems FirstPoint School
- Kings' Nad Al Sheba
- Ontario International Canadian School
- Gems Metropole School
- Dovecote Green Primary
- Al Barsha
Getting around: Property owners and those renting in Dubai Marina usually have at least one car. Needless to say, this has been the cause of some traffic congestion. Due to the popularity of Dubai Marina, weekend traffic can be bad as residents from neighbouring districts flock in to enjoy all the amenities. Fortunately, the congestion problem is set to ease, as more and more decide to travel around on the new Al Sufouh tram, connecting with Palm Jumeirah’s monorail and continuing to the Burj Al Arab and Mall of the Emirates. This then connects with the Metro’s Red Line.
Dubai Marina residents love living here; It offers an easy, relaxed lifestyle with everything you could need are a mere 10 minute walk away or a quick drive on a very hot summer Dubai day. The comfort of local amenities, excellent leisure facilities nearby and the waterfront living are some of the reasons people choose to buy or rent a Dubai Marina property.