Dubai Marina – Where it All Comes Together
The Dubai Marina skyline is a magazine and Instagram staple and perhaps the most iconic imagery to be associated with the Emirate. The picture-perfect backdrop of this burgeoning young neighbourhood presents a glimpse into the Dubai of the future. Its glittering skyscrapers & reflective waterways are definitely a sight to behold, but it’s what is hidden between the winding palm-lined walks and salty shorelines, where the Dubai Marina really sparkles.
It spans from the foot of The Palm, along the sandy beaches of JBR, ending with the Dubai Marina promenade and that is where you’ll find us! Located at the mouth of the yacht-embellished walkway, Rove Dubai Marina is the perfect hotel for leisure travellers who enjoy local urban art, city connectivity and walks to the beach. The hotel also provides bikes for rental at no extra cost, so you can grab one and go for a ride on Dubai Marina’s promenade.
Though this family-friendly neighbourhood is a pedestrian paradise, it offers a variety of unique and experience-worthy options for getting from A to B and exploring the rest of the city.
If the 3 km long palm-lined walk feels like a bit of a stretch, you can float through the heart of the Marina via the Dubai Marina Water-Taxi. Travel from end to end, crossing from one side to the other with the availability of 4 scenic stops – Marina Terrace, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina Mall and Marina Promenade.
Take a leisurely trip between the Marina, the Palm and the beach, using the Dubai Tram. There are also two interconnecting stations to the Dubai Metro for adventures farther out than your ‘back-yard’, going all the way to the Dubai Mall and even as far as the Creek.
You will also find local taxis dotted around for a more privatised journey, which charge by meter, making prices fair and transparent. Don’t be surprised if they suddenly jump up in price, that will likely be an electronic toll bridge that you’ve just passed under. So now that you know the how, it’s time to know the where!
Rove’s Top 5 Dubai Marina Favourites
Skydive Dubai – On Top of the World Adventure
This one’s for our adventure junkies and business trip Rovers with high expectations of epic wins. Holding several Guinness World Records, Skydive Dubai will take you soaring above the clouds for a free fall from higher than the Burj Khalifa! Get the best bird’s eye view of The Palm Jumeirah Island from 13,000 feet above and have it eternalised on tape to relive one of the most exhilarating times of your life, again and again. Once you’ve landed, put your adrenalin rush to good use in Zero Gravity, Dubai’s all-in-one beach, pool, sports lounge and club, with live DJ sessions taking you through am to pm.
Dubai Marina Mall & Pier 7– Dine, Shop, Repeat
Stroll along the promenade for some waterside shopping at the Dubai Marina Mall. What sets this outlet apart from many of Dubai’s others, is the ability to boast some of the world’s (and local) best brands without making you dizzy. This compact one-stop-shopping experience offers high-street fashion brands, aspirational couture, al fresco dining, cinematic thrills and even the convenience of a supermarket. International brands as well as local & regional favourites can all be found under the twinkling lights of the mall’s impressive entrance Dome, for you to treat yourself or grab some gifts for those who await you back home.
Rise through the ranks of culinary art in the fine dining extraordinaire that is, Pier 7. The building’s circular design offers spectacular sweeping 360-degree views of the Marina and the Arabian Gulf, set over the Marina waterway on its very own jetty. Taste the world and visit a different restaurant per floor, each with their own unique set of flavours, ambience and interior style.
Head off to JLT across the road if you’d like something a little more low-key, a residential addition of the New Dubai neighbourhood that is quietly becoming the favourite amongst resident foodies.
Bluewater Island – View The Marina From A Different Angle
This urban getaway island is home to Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye), the world’s largest observation wheel which offers a unique perspective on the Emirate by looking out at it from sea. It’s a family-friendly place with safe open spaces for the kids to run around, live installations and yes you guessed it, even more amazing places to dine. The pedestrian futuristic bridge also makes for a beautiful and picture worthy walk.
Boat tours – Sightsee & Sail
Whether you’ve found your sea legs or you’re a shipmate starter, The Dubai Marina offers unique and varied ways to enjoy both the convenience of the canal and the shimmering azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, whilst getting you around the city. Aside from the water taxi for neighbourhood frolics, why not take the ‘scenic route’ and board the Dubai Ferry transporting you from the Dubai Marina, around the Palm Jumeirah Island all the way through the Dubai Canal, past the Burj Khalifa, or along to the Creek, The Gold Souk and Al Seef, Dubai’s heritage village. The connectivity of the Dubai Marina is certainly a massive plus for choosing it as your Dubai base.
Aside from transportation, the Dubai Marina offers traditional dhow dinner cruises, luxe yacht experiences, floating party boats, speedboat experiences and kid & budget-friendly pirate ship-esque trips on the Captain Jack .
The Beach, JBR – Entertainment All-Rounder
Not to be confused by its namesake; though The Beach, JBR is a seafront shoreline with sand, surf and sun, it’s also much much more. Rovers can revel in dining, adventure, shopping, street art and even a camel ride or two at this entertainment gateway just across the road from us. It’s comprised of two sections; The Walk, a runway of shops & café’s leading up to the shoreline and the beachfront that features a splash pad, outdoor cinema, rentable sun loungers, restaurants, café’s changing facilities, shops and well, the sea.
If the Dubai Marina neighbourhood sounds like your ideal place to be, then allow us to be your host. Not only do we know the place inside-out and love being here, but we’re also converting as many of our Rovers into Dubai Marina enthusiasts as we can.
Rove Dubai Marina is perfect for the leisure lover, families that travel together and those that need a well-connected spot to unwind in when here on business. Added bonus – it’s just 15 minutes from the Dubai Expo 2020 site, keeping you close to the action of the World’s Greatest Show!