Dubai Marina – The place to be

If you’re travelling to Dubai either for work or pleasure, the Dubai Marina should be top of your list for somewhere to stay and at the very least a place for you to visit.

shutterstock_48492835The Dubai Marina is a relatively new district and is entirely man-made. It has been designed and built as a canal city in a Venetian tradition, with the large central waterway – completely excavated from the desert – stretching for 3km, running parallel to the Arabian Gulf shoreline. Today the Marina is home to more than 120,000 residents in a range of luxury condominium towers and villas.

The Marina often now referred to as ‘New Dubai’, has a chic urban lifestyle and offers a unique waterfront living, a draw to many international residents especially Europeans.

The Marina Walk is a cobbled boulevard where you can find a range of cafe’s, restaurants, shops and bars. Predictably the busiest times are weekends as both locals and tourists congregate to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and wonderful ambience.

Annually from October through to April the outdoor Covent Garden Market is open for business offering a very different shopping experience to the high-end designer malls normally found in Dubai. There are a whole range of different arts and crafts stalls such as handmade jewellery, home goods, original artworks, locally made clothing and artisan created souvenirs. If you fancy a break from the shopping, you can enjoy watching the many street performers and for children there are plenty of entertainers to keep them amused whilst you enjoy a coffee.

Of course, Dubai Marina wouldn’t be complete without a shopping mall and you won’t be disappointed with the Dubai Marina Mall – Located in the centre of Dubai Marina, the mall consists of 140 retail outlets and is one of the largest shopping malls in Dubai. Within the mall there are a range of high end retail shops plus some well-known branded stores, over 21 places for you to dine in, a cinema and a supermarket.

If you’d like to explore the city from the waterways there are a variety of different cruises including day cruises and evening cruises, many of which include dinner. The benefit of cruising at night is that you do get to see Dubai fully illuminated against the night sky.

shutterstock_1011862051There are a range of boats for you to enjoy your cruise from glass houseboats, to Arabian wooden Jameela’s. Or why not choose a traditional Arabian Dhow for an hour-long cruise – Enjoy the incredible sights of Dubai as you cruise along the Dubai Marina, Mina Seyahi Lagoon and Palm Jumeirah. You’ll be served refreshing cool drinks whilst you relax on bean bags, all accompanied by beautiful background music.

If you’re feeling fit, you can walk the whole length of the marina which is in total about 7km. To make the best of the scenery why not plan your walk so you’re walking from dusk into night. A lovely experience as the daylight fades and the city lights start to emerge against the starry Arabian night.

Due to its strategic position Dubai Marina is a great place for those looking to start a business. If you’d like to find out more about how to set up a company and what your best options are, contact a specialist company like Europe Emirates Group so they can ensure your company formation is set up correctly from the outset.