Dubai Neighborhoods: The Marina

I love being in a good routine: I know that every morning I have a workout class from 9-10, teach a computer class each Monday from 6-7, Barr comes home on Wednesdays at 930, etc. Some would call it being a creature of habit, while some may call it anal retentive. (I prefer the former.)

So with this in mind, I thought that a weekly post (same day, of course) on the different neighborhoods/areas in Dubai would be a consistent way to keep this blog informative and interesting, while providing me with an opportunity to both learn more about the different areas of Dubai and honing my newly acquired/severely lacking practice DSLR skills. 🙂

 

Map of different areas of Dubai (via Mappery)

Because I was lazy this week, we’re going to keep it close to home and explore my current neighborhood: the Dubai Marina. It was a hazy morning today, hence the cloudy shots.

Outside the Marina Mall

Outside the Marina Mall

Cluster of boats at the Marina Yacht Club

Cluster of boats at the Marina Yacht Club

Where: South of downtown, right on the Arabian Gulf

The Dubai Maria (via World Floor Plans)

What: The marina is a relatively new area of Dubai. The marina itself is man-made and was carved out of the Arabian Gulf to create an additional waterfront. There is 8km of walkways along the marina front, full of pedestrians, shops, restaurants, hotels and apartment buildings

Water taxi

Water taxi

Highlights: The Marina Mall (love this mall as it isnt typically as crowded as Mall of the Emirates or Dubai Mall, but has tons of great shops and places to grab a bite), close to the gulf/beach!, quick access to the Dubai Metro, Infinity Tower (the infamous “twisty” building), and the Walk – great spot to run, walk, eat and people watch

Shaded playground for the youngins' beneath a bridge to shield them from the hot summer sun

Shaded playground for the youngins’ beneath a bridge to shield them from the hot summer sun – reminds me of parks/playgrounds on top of buildings in NYC

Fun facts: 

  • The marina is home to several of the world’s tallest residential buildings, including the Princess Tower, 23 Marina, and the soon to be completed Pentominium, which will be a whopping 122 stories!
  • It is unreal to me that the Dubai Marina did not exist until 10 years ago – it is now home to 400,000 people in 200 skyscrapers
  • The Marina is one of the few districts of Dubai where Westerners comprise the majority
The heart of the marina: the hardworking construction men

The heart of the marina: the hardworking construction men

The Infinity Tower (twisty) and to the right, the world's tallest residential building, the Princess Tower

The Infinity Tower (twisty) and to the right, the world’s tallest residential building, the Princess Tower

Stay tuned for these each Monday – I am going to hold myself accountable! Until next time…

3 responses to “Dubai Neighborhoods: The Marina

  1. I love the Marina, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else down here. My husband and I are in one of the oldest buildings in the Marina (it’s 7 years old which is almost 100 Dubai-years:). When I tell people that I used to live in a 100 year old house back in Denmark they don’t believe me:)

  2. Love seeing the neighborhood. It doesn’t seem crowded at all.