Holidays to Dubai Marina are a masterclass in all things modern. Futuristic skyscrapers, designer stores and waterside restaurants set the tone.
Dubai Marina, like the rest of the City of Gold, is a rags to riches story. Not so long ago, it was little more than a building-free patch of sand. These days, it’s one of the world’s largest manmade marinas, with hundreds of modern towers helping it earn the nickname ‘New Dubai’. The every-shaped buildings range from high-end apartments to supersized shopping malls, and the canal-like channel below meets the Persian Gulf at either end.
Stroll along the promenades on either side of the curvy marina, and there’s a good chance you’ll end up with a stiff neck. Skyscrapers jostle for position along the waterside, flashing blue and gold in the Middle Eastern sun. Back at ground level, you’ll see seven-figure yachts by the bucketload, plus a string of designer shops.
From traditional dhow cruises to luxe speedboat rides, one of best ways to see Dubai Marina is from the water. You’ll have 360-degree views of the lofty hotels as you coast beneath the marina’s bridges, and it gets even better when you hit the open sea. The Palm Jumeirah is the first thing that comes into view, and a little further along the shoreline, you’ll see the iconic, sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al Arab.
Jump, dive and putt
It’s easy to get your sports fix here, thanks to the bevy of nearby options. Just inland from the marina, the city and desert are broken up by a splash of green – courtesy of the Emirates Golf Club. And in the opposite direction, on the shores of the Persian Gulf, you can sign up for scuba diving trips and sky dives. It’s even possible to go wakeboarding along the length of the marina.
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