Dubai Marina holidays 2019 / 2020
Dubai Marina holidays expose visitors to the wealth and extravagance of one of the world’s most exciting and forward-thinking megacities. The skyline of the marina is one of Dubai’s many iconic images, characterised by an immense skyline, glistening water and spectacular yachts. Descending on this area of the famous city will allow you to indulge in the luxurious distinctiveness of the show, whether it is booking a room in a 5-star Dubai hotel, hitting the high-end boutiques or taking to the water on a yacht.
While you won’t find yourself discovering a great deal of UAE culture, the location of the marina easily allows you to explore some other areas inside and outside of the city. You’ll have the option to delve into other districts and neighbourhoods to gain an overall sense of Dubai, while the adventurous holidaymakers among you may wish to explore the emirates further, perhaps with a 4x4 tour into the Dubai Desert? Don’t let your holidays to Dubai Marina become a one-trick pony now.
Most popular Dubai Marina hotels
Millennium Place Marina
Dubai Marina, Dubai
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The main attraction of holidays to Dubai Marina is its five-star hotels and stunning views over the glittering ocean. Located in between Al Sufouh and Jebel Ali you can explore the whole city during your stay, or get the most from the many attractions and activities on offer here. Whichever you choose you’ll find plenty to keep holidaymakers of all ages entertained here. So whether you want to shop until you drop, try out water sports or spend the day on a superyacht, hit the beach or just spend your time with a good book by the pool Dubai Marina holidays are for you.
One of the best ways to soak up the atmosphere around the marina is to head out for a stroll. The Dubai Marina walk will allow you to appreciate the scale of the surrounding buildings and give you the opportunity to dip into an aromatic restaurant or bustling bar. One of the most popular attractions that you’ll encounter during your Dubai Marina holiday is the fantastic and exuberant Dubai Marina Mall. With over 130 outlets ranging from high street retailers to fashion houses, you’ll be guaranteed to find a souvenir or two to take home with you.
Dubai is a wonderland of entertainment and facilities, and holidays to Dubai Marina are no different. Choose from a huge selection of cuisines and dishes, including Italian, pizza, brasseries, Mediterranean, Japanese and more. If you’re sticking to a budget there are lots of cheap eats to choose from, such a falafel cafés, burger joints, Indian buffets, kebab shops, bakeries and more. And if you want to splash out this is one of the best places in the world to do it in style. Enjoy views over Dubai and the sparkling sea as you indulge in dishes created by Masterchef winners and Michelin starred chefs, choose from some of the world’s most famous chains or simply order up a storm with room service.
Most of the restaurants in Dubai Marina cater to families, fussy eaters and little ones, with food served throughout the day for those who like to eat early, as well as a wide selection of dishes to choose from. Those on their family holidays to Dubai Marina will also enjoy the soft white sands of the beach, which are perfect for little ones who love to build sandcastles and paddle, or you could head into the area’s mall and make the most of the many attractions on offer there. Here you’ll find activities and festivals throughout the year, including live theatre or you could try the outdoor play areas, merry go round or even the ice skating rink!
Action & Adventure
Dubai Marina holidays can be as relaxed or lively as you like. Whether you enjoy soaking up the sun on the warm sands of the beach, prefer to hit the water or head into the city there’s something for you. Take a yacht out and hire a skipper to take you to all of the top attractions in the nearby area as you explore the coastline or head to the mall and have an adventure putting a dent into your credit card! For stunning views and something more active, the golf club is one of the best in the world, while gravity zone will have you bungee jumping from a bridge and give you an adrenaline rush like nothing else.
You can embark on a traditional adventure if you fancy something a little more authentic during your time around the marina. Down on the water are a myriad of boat trip opportunities, including those on board a traditional Arabian Dhow. Taking to the water provides another great angle for viewing the marina’s wonderful skyline, presenting sights such as the 7-star Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. You’ll also spot a number of all inclusive 5-star hotels with their own private beaches, a bit of luxury that you could enjoy with a stay among the marina’s finest.
As the name suggests Dubai Marina holidays give you fantastic access to the waterfront, with most of the hotels boasting glittering views of the coastline and the pretty man-made palms which stretch out into the sea. From the largest man-made marina in the world, take a boat trip and explore the stunning coastline or simply relax on the white sands of the beach. The Palm Jumeirah is home to the famous Jumeirah Beach, one of the largest and most pristine stretches of coastline available from any city break. The soft sands are ideal for lazy days spent soaking up the warm Dubai sunshine, with the futuristic towers of the city and nearby area providing a stunning backdrop. There are sun loungers and parasols to rent, with lots of places offering lounger service so you don’t need to move to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks.
Dubai Marina holidays are ideal for those who like to party, as well as those who like to hit their bed early. The many towers dotted throughout the area mean you can enjoy beautiful views as you dance the night away and sip on luxury cocktails, or simply head to your room knowing the parties are on a floor far away. If you like to party there are relaxed beach bars, upmarket modern beach parties, as well as modern clubs which keep the music going until the early hours of the morning. And whatever your music tastes you’re sure to find something to dance to here.
Couples will love holidays to Dubai Marina, with its fantastic selection of things to do, as well as romantic atmosphere. Spend your days relaxing on the soft sands of the beach, ordering drinks, snacks and meals straight to your lounger, before trying out one of the many sea or city view bars in the evening. When it comes to luxury, whether it’s the spa, a yacht trip, a five-star hotel or one of the best restaurants in the world you have everything you need for a relaxing couples holiday too. And if you want to dance the night away? There are plenty of opportunities for that too – you just need to choose between a bar on the beach or in a skyscraper.
Dubai Marina is known as the playground of the rich and famous, with some spectacular activities and facilities on offer. There are lots of chances to explore the former history and culture of the area during your stay as well, whether you like to practice your bargaining and bartering skills at one of the many nearby markets or explore the natural surroundings with a 4x4 ride through the sand dunes inland. If you’re looking for art galleries there are some wonderful contemporary options to choose from, or you could head to one of the many museums. And if you’re an architecture fan you’ll find some of the world’s most famous buildings here as well.
Another great place to visit between October and May is the marina’s open market. The market is in full swing every Friday and Saturday selling a mix of fashion accessories, home décor and souvenirs. Meanwhile, your great location will allow you to explore other areas of Dubai such as Al Barsha, boasting another of the city’s fantastic malls. The area known as Jebel Ali is another interesting part of Dubai, home to the extravagant international airport as well as a grand golf resort – perfect if you’ve brought the clubs with you.