With a bustling waterfront promenade, cosmopolitan crowd, and high-rise apartments that offer unbeatable water views, Dubai Marina is popular with expats in the city for good reason. It’s a pleasant 10 to 30-minute walk (or a five-minute drive) to JBR Beach and it’s well connected to other parts of the city by metro. When you’re living in the Marina, you have plenty of time to work on your tan, eat, shop, and maybe hop on a jet ski once in a while.
There are endless options when it comes to restaurants, from budget takeaway places to swanky dining options at luxury hotels. Entertainment, shopping, dining, and nightlife on Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters Island are all within a few minutes’ drive. Kick back with beers, enjoy a barbecue, or jump into the clear waters of the Arabian Sea on a yacht tour departing from Dubai Marina. Escape the crowds of the popular beaches at Sufouh Beach, sometimes referred to as Secret Beach by those in the know.
Italians in Dubai highly recommend the pizza and gelato at Massimo’s Italian Restaurant where al fresco tables offer romantic canal views, but you can also find seriously good Levantine food and impeccable service at Awani in JBR. When you’re in the marina, the seafood cravings are bound to hit and when they do, you can go to The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill, an award-winning seaside brasserie. To pick up your specialty coffee, gourmet chocolate, and baked goods, make your way to Depachika Food Hall in Palm Jumeirah.
If you’re looking for places to work from, there are plenty of options—from beachfront cafes in Jumeirah Beach Residence and cafes along the Dubai Marina promenade to co-working spaces complete with social spaces and in-house cafes, such as One Business Center in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a metro stop away.
Natasha Amar is a travel writer and photographer based in Dubai. She also covers food, culture, hotels, art, lifestyle and personalities for Forbes Travel Guide...
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