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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina
مرسى دبي
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Dubai
City Dubai
Established 2003
 • Total 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Community number 392
The development of Dubai Marina is currently in progress.

Dubai Marina (Arabic: مرسى دبي‎) is a district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.[1] When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas.[2] It is located on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and the American University in Dubai. The first phase of this project has been completed. Dubai Marina was inspired by the Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada.[3]


An Aerial view of Dubai Marina Towers, with Jumeirah Lake Towers in the background

In order to create the man-made marina, the developers brought the waters of the Persian Gulf into the site of Dubai marina, creating a new waterfront. There is a large central waterway, excavated from the desert and running the length of the 3 km site.[2] More than 12% of the total land area on the site has been given over to this central public space.[2] Although much of this area is occupied by the marina water surface, it also includes almost 8 km of landscaped public walkways.[2]

The marina is entirely man-made and has been developed by the real estate development firm Emaar Properties of the United Arab Emirates and designed by HOK Canada.[2] Upon completion, it is claimed to be the world's largest man-made marina. The current largest man-made marina in the world is Marina del Rey in California, USA. There is a publicly accessible foreshoreway around the marina and some sections of public oceanway along the beach with views to Palm Jumeriah. Its largest development is the Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Phase I

The first phase of Dubai Marina covers 25 acres (100,000 m2), which includes six freehold apartment buildings, Dubai Marina Towers. The phase I of Dubai Marina cost more than AED 1.2 Billion.[2] Three of the towers are named after precious stones, Al Mass, Fairooz, and Murjan, and the other three are named after Arabic scents, Mesk, Anbar, and Al Yass.

Dubai Marina Walk is a 7 km long pedestrian walkway runs around from the start of Dubai Marina till the end of Dubai Marina, with cafés and restaurants along the waterfront, and boats moored up alongside. The Dubai Marina community holds events such as the Marina Market and artist’s performances at Marina Walk.[4]

Phase II

The Phase II of Dubai Marina will consist of high rise buildings, which are mainly clustered into a block, known as "Tallest Block in the world" with the majority of the skyscrapers ranges between 250 metres (820 ft) to 300 metres (984 ft), which includes Infinity Tower, Ocean Heights, Marina Pinnacle, Sulafa Tower and few are taller than 350 metres (1,148 ft) meters and 400 metres (1,312 ft), which includes Elite Residence, 23 Marina, Princess Tower, Dream Dubai Marina, Marina 106, Damac Heights, and the supertall Pentominium, which rises to 516 metres (1,693 ft) meters.

Jumeirah Beach Residence

Jumeirah Beach Residence is a 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) long, 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi) gross floor area waterfront community located against the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina. It is the largest single phase residential development in the world and contains 40 towers (35 are residential and 5 are hotels). JBR can accommodate about 15,000 people, living in its apartments and hotel rooms. The Project has 6,917 apartments, from 900 sq ft (84 m2) studios to 5,500 sq ft (510 m2) penthouses. Jumeirah Beach Residence was launched in August 2002 from the developer, Dubai Properties (a subsidiary of Dubai Holding) with the cost of 6 billion dirham and was completed in 2007. The Walk at JBR restaurant and shopping strip, which is adjacent to the beach behind JBR, is a very popular location for Al Fresco dining. There are five hotels, rated as 5 star or 4 star, three of which are purpose-built hotels, while the other two are converted residential towers.[5]

The Walk

Dubai Marina Towers

The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence is a 1.7-kilometre strip at the ground and plaza level of the complex, it was developed by Dubai Properties, and was completed by 2007 and opened officially in August 2008.[6] currently there are around 330 occupants at The Walk, including restaurants, clothing stores, boutiques, department stores, cafes and gyms, located over two levels Ground and Plaza.

The Beach

The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence is a retail complex being constructed on the beach in front of JBR by Meraas Holding, a company owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The development, comprising four plazas, will occupy the bulk of the beach between the Hilton and Sheraton hotels. The complex will house a number of levels of parking as well as seventy retail and food and beverage outlets, together with entertainment facilities.[7] Construction of the project began in the second half of 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Al Sahab

Al Sahab is a waterfront twin tower which directly overlooks the largest bay of water at Dubai Marina. From the level three Marina homes upwards, all residents have views over Dubai Marina.[8]

Al Majara

Al Majara is a five-building residential complex comprising high-rise waterfront apartments adjacent to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and overlooks the largest part of the bay.[9]

Marina Promenade

Marina Promenade is a residential enclave in Dubai Marina. Nestled within the panoramic confines of Dubai Marina, it overlooks the widest and most scenic part of the bay and is ideally located opposite the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. The Marina Promenade comprises six residential towers and villas with views of the bay.[10]

Marina Quays

Marina Quays is 20 meters long, over the water on the waterfront. Along with apartments and villas,the development has shops and other outlets. Marina Quays is a three-building residential development; the buildings are Quay East, Quay West and Quay North.[11]

Park Island

Park Island is a four tower residential development comprising Blakely, Bonaire, Fairfield and Sanibel. The towers within Park Island have been placed with parks and landscaped gardens.[12]

Dubai Marina Mall

Dubai Marina Mall is a shopping mall located in the center of Dubai Marina, for residents and visitors of the Dubai Marina. It features 140 retail outlets, spread over 390,000 sq ft of gross leasable space, making it one of the largest shopping malls in Dubai.[13] The mall has been completed and opened in December, 2008.[14]

Dubai Marina Mall comprises a mix of tenants including a supermarket, an entertainment area for children, shops and a six-screen Reel Cinemas.

The Tallest Block of Dubai Marina

Night view of The tallest block, Dubai Marina

The tallest block is located on the western side of Dubai Marina, the block is also known as the tallest block of supertall skyscrapers in the world because it contains some of the world's tallest residential towers, including Princess Tower, which is the tallest residential buildings in the world completed in 2012. The high rise buildings, are mainly clustered into a block, with the majority of the skyscrapers ranges between 250 metres (820 ft) to 300 metres (984 ft), which includes Infinity Tower, Ocean Heights, Marina Pinnacle, Sulafa Tower, Al Seef Tower, Le Rêve, Marina Crown and few are taller than 350 metres (1,148 ft) meters and 400 metres (1,312 ft), which includes Elite Residence, 23 Marina, Princess Tower, Dream Dubai Marina, Marina 106, Damac Heights, The Marina Torch, and a supertall Pentominium, which rises to 516 metres (1,693 ft) meters, if completed it will become worlds tallest residential building surpassing Princess Tower.


Dubai Marina (Dubai Metro)

Dubai Marina Metro Station

Dubai Marina has been connected through the Dubai Metro's red line to the other places of Dubai. Dubai Marina (Arabic: مرسى دبي) is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro in Dubai. It opened on 30 April 2010 as part of an extension to Ibn Battuta. Dubai Marina station is located near Interchange 5 of Sheikh Zayed Road, around 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Downtown Dubai. It lies to the east of the northern half of the Dubai Marina and to the west of the northern portion of Jumeirah Lake Towers.

Dubai Marina station lies on a viaduct paralleling the eastern side of Sheikh Zayed Road. It is categorised as a type 2 elevated station, indicating that there is an elevated concourse between street and platform level. Pedestrian access to the station is aided through walkways above Sheikh Zayed Road, connecting to developments on either side of the road.

Al Sufouh Tramway

Al Sufouh Tramway is a tramway being built in Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina. It will run 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) along Al Sufouh Road from Dubai Marina to the Burj Al Arab and the Mall of the Emirates. It is expected to interchange with three stations of Dubai Metro's Red Line. The Sufouh Tram will also connect with the monorail of the Palm Jumeirah at the entrance of the Palm from Sufouh Road. Upon completion in 2014 it will serve the residences of Dubai Marina.[15] As of mid-2012, the project was expected to be completed by November 2014.[16][17]

Labour Controversy

Like many other infrastruction projects in Dubai, the Dubai Marina has seen strikes by labourers (who are generally from developing countries). They have protested the poor wages and the substandard conditions they are often forced to work or live in. In all cases, police were quick to ensure that the protests did not get out of hand or get filmed as this would tarnish Dubai's reputation of being a modern city where nothing goes wrong [18] [19]


Dubai Marina Panorama
Dubai Marina Yacht club
View of Dubai Marina from the 64th floor of The Marina Torch Tower

See also


  1. ^ "Dubai Marina". Dubaiii. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Dubai Marina in Dubai Designed by Architects HOK Canada Inc". Design Build Network. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  3. ^ "BCBusiness: False Creek, Dubai". Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
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  7. ^ "Meraas Development - The Beach". Meraas website. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
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  15. ^ Dubai FAQs. "Al Sufouh Tram". Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
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External links

  • Dubai Marina Official Website
  • List of Skyscrapers in Dubai Marina -
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