Dubai Marina is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Dubai. This impressive community boasts luxury skyscrapers, a range of dining and entertainment options and best of all, it offers urban waterfront living to its residents. It is the most popular area for renting luxury apartments in Dubai generating the highest number of user searches according to Bayut’s 2020 Dubai Real Estate Market Report.
Home to over 200 luxurious residential towers including the distinctive Cayan Tower
Predominantly an apartment community, but also features villas
Great waterfront views from most buildings
Residential apartments boast luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities
Hosts community events throughout the year
Home to a shopping mall, promenade and many popular restaurants
Dubai Marina is a meticulously-planned community, complete with a seamless network of roads and a picturesque marina, filled with luxury yachts. It is a true testament to master developer, Emaar Properties, who turned a 3.5 km strip of shoreline into a 6,452,391 sq. ft. modern neighbourhood that offers a chic Riviera-style lifestyle. A pivotal feature of this multi-purpose neighbourhood is the large canal, it stretches over 3.5 km providing access to the sea on both ends. Potential residents can choose from an assortment of luxurious apartments in high-rise buildings, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the marina.
There are more than 200 residential towers in Dubai Marina, each offering spectacular views of the city and the harbour. Undoubtedly, the community known as the ‘tallest block in the world’ and many of the buildings are part of Dubai’s iconic skyline. The area offers residents a vibrant community lifestyle. It is geared towards apartment living, although there are also a limited number of state-of-the-art podium villas to pique the interest of investors who are interested in purchasing villas.
Apartments for rent in Dubai Marina vary from studios, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, all the way up to luxurious penthouses with 5 or more bedrooms. These apartments come with a spacious living area, fitted kitchen and an en-suite bathroom in the bedroom. Other features include a maid’s room, powder room and a balcony. The shared facilities of apartments buildings are a fitness centre, parking area and security and concierge services.
As for villas, these are available in 2 to 6-bedroom layout with an area ranging between 2,450 sq. ft. to 9,600 sq. ft. These villas are situated on the podium level of apartment buildings featuring a spacious living room, a well-equipped kitchen, a maid’s room with bathroom, powder room and a storage room. The parking facility and rooftop terrace are other features of these villas.
Prices for rental studios in Dubai Marina start from AED 27k whereas 1-bedroom apartments for rent are available in the price range of AED 34k to AED 800k. The starting rental price of larger 2-bedroom apartments in Dubai Marina is AED 50k, yearly. The annual rent for 3-bedroom apartments ranges between AED 70k to AED 350k.
Slightly rarer to find are the deluxe units coming in configurations of 4 and 5-beds. Dubai Marina is one of the few neighbourhoods with large apartments sizes. These are luxury units that come with their own unique amenities, such as separate areas for the house help, breathtaking views, private pools, elevators and more. The average rental price for 4-bed flats is AED 186k, annually. 5-bedroom penthouses can cost anywhere from AED 229k to AED 850k per annum.
Studio One Tower and Princess Tower are the top buildings for renting apartments in Dubai Marina. A freehold residential project by Select Properties, Studio One Tower offers 1-bedroom apartments in AED 50k per annum while a 2-bedroom apartment is available in a price range of AED 75k to AED 91k annually. One of the tallest residential towers in the area, Princess Tower is home to around 763 units of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and 4-bedroom penthouses. The starting price of a 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Princess Tower is AED 62k while a 4-bedroom penthouse is available for rent in AED 195k to AED 280k per annum.
The neighbourhood also offers spacious 2 to 5-bedroom villas for rent. A 3-bedroom villa can be rented for AED 120k to AED 255k for a year. Average rental prices for a 4-bed house is AED 373k. The annual rent for a 5-bedroom villa ranges between AED 250k to AED 380k.
There are several freehold property projects, giving expats and foreign investors full ownership of the property purchased. In case you are interested in buying an apartment in Dubai Marina, the sale prices for studio apartments start from AED 385k while 1-bedroom apartments for sale in Dubai Marina range from AED 480k to AED 2.5M. The average price for 2-bed flats for sale is AED 1.6M, while freehold 3-bed units cost AED 2.6M on average.
Those looking to buy 4-bedroom apartments can find that prices range from AED 1.6M to AED 25M. The higher-end priced units are normally furnished serviced apartments. 5-bed penthouses for sale in Dubai Marina are priced for an average of AED 7.1M, the size of these units ranges from 3,617 sq. ft. to 15,320 sq. ft. Apartment prices rise up to AED 49M for those luxurious penthouses in Dubai Marina.
A 3-bedroom villa in Dubai Marina can cost anywhere between AED 2.2M to AED 9.9M. The larger 4-bedroom villas for sale are available in a price range of AED 4.8M to AED 15M. The average sales price of spacious 5-bedroom villas is AED 7.9M. Interested investors can find most of the 5-bedroom villas in Trident Bayside by Trident International HoldingFZE.
Studio and 1-bedroom units offer the highest ROI of 6.4% and 6.2% respectively. 2-bedroom apartments follow with 5.7% ROI. The larger 3-bedroom apartments earn 5.3% ROI while 4-bedroom flats offer an ROI of 4.0%. 5-bed units round up the list with an ROI of 4.5%.
Investors will find that buying a villa and townhouse can be cost-effective assets. 5-bedroom units top the list with a 5.2% ROI whereas 4-bed units offer 4.2% ROI. 3-beds and 2-beds closely follow with 4.1% and 3.2% return on investment, respectively.
You can easily find the floor plan of any building you’re interested in by browsing the Dubai Marina floor plans on Bayut. There are over 45,000 floor plans available in both 2D and 3D formats.
The community is home to a block of supertall skyscrapers that contains some of the world’s largest residential towers. These towers offer a wide range of property types to choose from. Interested tenants can take a look at the most popular buildings in Dubai Marina to make their choice.
As per collected data, Marina Diamond fared as the most popular residential complex. It consists of six mid-rise residential buildings with thousands of apartments ranging from studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units. Rents for studios in this sought-after community within Dubai Marina starts from AED 28k while renting a 1-bedroom apartment in Marina Diamonds ranges from AED 35k to AED 52k. Families looking to move to the prestigious building can opt for 2-bedroom apartments, which rent for AED 55k. The cluster of mid-rises is famous for its unobstructed views of the marina and the city, which make the higher floors more desirable for those looking for those enviable marina views.
The second most popular building is DEC Towers. It is a complex of two buildings offering studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. The residential tower is one of the top buildings for buying apartments in Dubai Marina. The sales price of a 1-bedroom unit starts from AED 599k while the price range of a 2-bedroom apartment fluctuates between AED 799k to AED 1.2M.
The third most popular building is Marina Gate, that is followed by Manchester Tower and Marina Pinnacle in popularity. Dubai Marina Towers, also known as Emaar 6 is also a popular multi-building complex with over 1,100 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments and 3 and 4-bedroom townhouses.
There is so much within and near the neighbourhood, this makes it a hotspot for tourists and residents alike. We have rounded up a list of the best hotels in Dubai Marina.
Address Dubai Marina
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
Le Verda Suites & Villa
The Address is a 5-star hotel which is directly linked to the mall. All suites and rooms come with views of the stunning marina and access to many luxurious amenities such as a spa, fitness centre, infinity pool and more.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa is another 5-star resort overlooking the marina. The hotel offers temperature-controlled swimming pools and tennis courts as sports amenities for guests. Those looking for dining options can visit the 14 outlets in the hotel itself or take a short walk down to JBR.
La Verda Suites & Villa is a slightly different hotel experience, as it offers larger properties such as villas and duplex penthouses, guests can opt for the 24-hour butler service as well. The hotel also provides professional childcare services and activities specially designed for children.
Grosvenor House is a luxury collection hotel which means that it offers authentic, unique, luxury experiences. Grosvenor House offers 750 guest rooms, a terrace pool and a private beach.
Most residential towers have dedicated floors providing parking spaces for tenants and owners. The area also has a few public parking spots, including one near Dubai Marina Walk, for those dropping by for an outing. However, finding a convenient parking spot is not always an easy feat, most people end up using public transport to reach the area.
There are two metro stations near Marina: Damac Properties Metro Station and DMCC Metro Station. The roads tend to get busy in the evenings, the metro can be a good way to shorten the time it takes for you to get home after work. Getting around the neighbourhood is a lot easier with the Dubai Tram, with its 11 tram stations, stretching from JBR to Al Sufouh. There are a few tram stations in the community as well, such as the Marina Towers Tram Station near Marina Pinnacle and MAG 218 Tower.
The area’s Marina Mall houses a Waitrose supermarket, where residents can easily get their grocery shopping done. Apart from this, the other supermarkets in Dubai Marina include Spinneys, West Zome Supermarket and Al Maya which cater to the day-to-day needs of tenants and owners living in the neighbourhood. Other convenience stores such as multiple branches of Zoom mini-mart are also dotted around the various buildings.
Like most residential areas in Dubai, there is a mosque in Dubai Marina. Known as Masjid Al Rahim, the mosque can hold up to 2,000 worshippers. It opened in 2014 and is now regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the UAE. The call to prayer can be heard five times a day, particularly on lower floors of apartment buildings in the vicinity of a mosque. Nearby buildings to the mosque include Jannah Place and Zumurud Tower.
There are a group of churches clustered together in Jebel Ali, 15 minutes away from the community. Here you can find some of the best churches in Dubai including St. Francis of Assisi Church, Dubai Mar Thoma Church and United Christian Church of Dubai. Also located in the same, Sikh residents can visit the Guru Nanak Darbar. The nearest temple is Shiva Temple, 25 minutes away in the Bur Dubai district.
There are many nurseries in Dubai Marina which offer different options for families with younger children. Raffles Nursery is one of them. It follows an Early Years Curriculum for children from 45 days old to 4 years old. The nursery is located on the Marina Walk, which is easily accessible from most towers. For older children, schools are located in nearby areas such as Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim and The Springs. These include Horizon International School, Dubai British School and King’s School Dubai.
Horizon International School is located a 12-minute drive away from Dubai Marina on Street 9A in Umm Al Sheif. Dubai British School in Springs 3 and King’s School Dubai in Umm Suqeim 3 offer the British curriculum. There are also many higher education options in Dubai Knowledge Park. It is 10 minutes from the marina community and is also easily accessible by the tram network.
The neighbourhood also houses medical clinics and centres for family health needs. These include Medcare Medical Centre Marina and Emirates Hospitals Clinic. Other options include Al Zahra Hospital and Saudi German Hospital which are also located near the community in Al Barsha for any emergencies. Pharmacies are also conveniently located at regular intervals around Dubai Marina.
Marina is centrally located in the city, along Sheikh Zayed Road, the highway that connects the seven emirates. It is located opposite Jumeirah Lakes Towers between Dubai Media City and Jebel Ali Freezone. JBR and Palm Jumeirah are also in proximity to the neighbourhood. Apart from the elegant appeal of life by the water, many residents prefer the place due to its proximity to business districts like DIFC and Dubai Internet City.
There is yet to be an area in Dubai that doesn’t have a mall for you to get your shopping fix. Dubai Marina Mall, located conveniently on Sheikh Zayed Road, offers residents a variety of retail options, covering everything from high-street fashion, retail stores, a supermarket and more. Some of the popular stores in Dubai Marina Mall are Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Charles & Keith, Sephora and Miniso. Besides shopping, you can dine at the various F&B outlets or catch a movie at Reel Cinemas.
JBR’s The Beach mall is also close to the marina, offering residents an outdoorsy and off-beat shopping experience. There is a smaller selection of luxury fashion brands and speciality stores in this mall.
Living in Dubai Marina will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to food. First, Marina Walk is lined with al fresco cafés and restaurants with delicious cuisines from all over the world to entice your taste buds. There is also a wide variety of casual restaurants along with fine dining options and nightspots. The area attracts visitors from all over the city, therefore, restaurants are often packed on the weekends.
Dining at one of the 7 fine-dining restaurants in the hugely popular Pier 7 is an absolute must. The stunning circular building offers pretty views of the Dubai skyline and has a different restaurant on each of its seven floors – a culinary adventure that you just can’t miss! Also popular is the luxury hotel, Grosvenor House, that offers the best selection of fine-dining restaurants in Dubai Marina.
There are many bars in Dubai Marina, popular bars are located near the Yacht Club. A few options are Shades, Cargo Dubai and Atelier M. The area has a little bit of everything for you to choose from.
To indulge in watersports, residents can head to JBR Beach. This popular beach is easily accessible from most towers via Dubai Tram. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities including water sports, parasailing, banana boating, and wakeboarding. The other open beach is over in Jumeirah, which is a 30-minute drive away.
A major part of the appeal for those living around here is the waterfront lifestyle and everything it represents. Apart from taking in the stunning views, visitors will never run out of things to do in Dubai Marina as it has plenty on offer to entertain you. To experience a little of the sea life around which the Marina is built, you can head down to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and charter a yacht. The club also offers numerous outlets for watersports enthusiasts, including fishing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, flyboarding and more.
For those looking to explore the area, or simply partake in fun activities over the weekend, The Yellow Boats is an excellent option. With a booth on the Marina, you can go on a sightseeing tour, cruising around the stunning Palm Jumeirah and the awe-inspiring skyline of Dubai. They also organise corporate and group tours, as well as yacht charter services.
For a more luxurious experience on the marina, guests can opt for a dhow cruise. Dhow cruises in Dubai Marina are a popular way to sightsee and enjoy dinner over the water.
Dubai Marina Mall also offers multiple leisure activities including a Little Explorers children’s activity centre. It regularly hosts free indoor events for children during the summer months. Another option is Dubai Marina Walk which hosts a popular outdoor market in cooler months, where visitors can shop for unique and off-beat goods.
Reel Cinemas at the Marina Mall is where cinema-goers can catch the latest movies, and sometimes even football matches aired on the big screen. Reel Cinemas offers one of the best cinema experiences in the city.
Dubai Marina Walk is not only lined with eateries but it also offers residents a great outdoor area for long walks, evening runs and even cycling. The 7-km promenade has bike rental stations where you can rent a bicycle for a ride around the town and take in beautiful views of the yachts moored at the marina as you cycle. Quad bikes for children are also available on Marina Walk.
For fitness enthusiasts, there is a variety of work-out studios and gyms in Dubai Marina to pick from. Popular options are SUP Fit a water-based workout gym and TribeFIT which is known to be a social gym with events for its members In cooler months, you can also head out for early morning yoga sessions at JBR Beach. Most residential towers also have state-of-the-art gym equipment for you to get a quick workout closer to home.
Dubai Marina salons and spas are known for providing a delightful menu of massages, scrubs and facials. The Spa, located in The Address Hotel is a top favourite, along with Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Palm Jumeirah.
The development has several community events held throughout the year. Its developer Emaar holds children’s events along Marina Walk to keep the little ones happy and entertained. Along with this, the cooler months are usually buzzing with outdoor craft markets held at the marina promenade, featuring handicrafts and speciality products by local small business owners.
Numerous hotels in and around the area host Iftars and Suhoors in Ramadan. These events are held in beautifully decorated Ramadan tents that reflect the tradition and heritage of this holy month. In addition to several restaurants in Dubai Marina, offering special Iftar meals, the popular Address Dubai Marina also sets up an Iftar tent every year. During Eid, residents can look forward to a dazzling display of fireworks along the shore of JBR.
Dubai Harbour is set to open in Q1 2021. It will be the first-ever dedicated cruise port in the region. Dubai Harbour is located at the intersection of Palm Jumeirah and Blue Water Island. It is a project by Meeras.
While living in Dubai Marina has its perks, there are a few things to know before you decide to move to this neighbourhood. There are mild inconveniences in the neighbourhood, mostly for those who drive. Despite being one of the most well-connected areas in Dubai in terms of public transport, the roads tend to get congested, especially during rush hour. Similarly, public parking spaces are limited, those visiting friends or family in Marina might be better off taking a cab or catching a metro ride instead.
Those looking to move to this part of Dubai can choose from a variety of apartments for rent. Some residential towers also feature podium villas preferred by families. If you are planning a short or long stay, there are various hotels and waterfront resorts in Dubai Marina as well as reasonable hotel apartments on offer.
Yes, of course, you can walk around Dubai Marina. It is one of the most pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods in Dubai. It also has a waterfront promenade called Marina Walk which is popular for walking, strolling, jogging and running.
It is definitely worth visiting for the many hotels, restaurants and attractions that make up the community. The area is known as the ‘tallest block in the world’, many of the buildings are a minimum height of 820 ft., (250 metres). The high-rise skyscrapers offer breathtaking views of the emirate and its skyline. If you are wondering for things to do, start off with Marina Walk and Dubai Marina Mall. These are the main attractions in the area. Also, you’d be closer to the bustling JBR.
Dubai Marina was built in 2003 but the area is still not yet complete. There are many developments that will be completed in the near future.
If you’re using the metro then you can get off at the DAMAC Properties Metro Station on the Red Line. From here you can tour the area or use the Dubai Tram to go to JBR, Dubai Marina Mall or other parts of the community. If you’re travelling by car then Al Marsa Street leads directly to the area. You can merge onto Al Marsa Street from Interchange No 5 on Sheikh Zayed Road (E11).
It is the world’s largest man-made marina
Dubai International Airport is about 25 minutes away (via Sheikh Zayed Road)
6 minutes’ drive to get on to Sheikh Zayed Road (depending on traffic)
Business hub Dubai Media City is 12 minutes away, while DIFC is a 20 minutes’ drive
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 20 minutes away