Dubai Marina is known for being a hip and glitzy neighbourhood, attracting young professionals. Nationalities, as in most areas in Dubai, are very mixed, but tend toward European.
The up-scale area is mainly popular with professionals who work in Dubai Media City and Jebel Ali Free Zone or JLT because of its proximity to their workplace, as well as those who wish to stay close to the beach. Those that have chosen to work in Abu Dhabi but live in Dubai often prefer to reside in the Marina as well, since it allows for a manageable commute from a top-end neighbourhood.
Dubai Marina is a playground for social butterflies who love living life to the fullest. From welcoming the weekend at a restaurant and the club on Thursday night, to the mall and beach on Friday afternoon, to watching the sunset aboard a cruising motor yacht on Saturday evening, the Marina is a one-stop-shop for entertained living. Marina residents adore the water views from the buildings’ balconies, whether of the marina itself or of the open sea.
It is also a perfect residential area for people working in Dubai Media City, Academic City, Al Barsha, and the surrounding areas. With hundreds of restaurants across the Marina, from the north side near Al Sufouh Road to the south side in JBR, most areas are lively, with people running around until all hours of the night. Residents are appreciative of the many grocery stores that dot corners throughout the area. They also love that many spots within the Marina have easy access to the Dubai Metro, where they easily hop on and off to get to other parts of the city. For residents that are further away from the metro, the Dubai Tram serves–albeit a bit slowly, some argue–to get them around the Marina and JBR, and deposit them to the three metro stations that serve the area.
During the week, Dubai Marina is quite relaxed and pleasant, with plenty of restaurants and cafes. The area gets busy and buzzing with nightlife activities on weekends, making it one of the most visited areas in Dubai. Once settled into the Marina, residents gush that everything they need is at their doorsteps: The Marina Walk has a plethora of restaurants across many types of cuisines; Pharmacies are open 24 hours a day and deliver service is quick; Marina Mall has shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre and doesn’t leave much to be desired.
Dubai Marina offers residents a mixture of a beach-oriented lifestyles in well-serviced apartments, set in the heart of new Dubai. Residents claim they love the easy access to the beach, particularly in JBR where many buildings spill sun-seeking residents onto their open sands every weekend. For those escaping the relatively unpleasant winter weather of Europe, the Marina is the perfect spot.
People with more than one child might find it challenging to live in the Marina. Same goes for pet-owners and those who thrive among large open areas with lush landscapes; the density of high-rise buildings can make these types claustrophobic. Some of the residents that we surveyed claimed that an astonishing 50% of their salary was devoted to their rent cheques. This is the price they are willing to pay for the ability to walk to the beach. Residents also have a tendency to lament the general dearth of visitor parking throughout the Marina. Alternative options for those that wish to visit include paid parking, at 20 AED per hour, walking, metro, or taxi.
There are complains about the horrendous traffic getting to and around the Jumeirah Beach Residence area, particularly during weekday rush hours and on weekends, and seemingly driven by never-ending construction work. The second element is the relatively high concentration of Dubai’s supercars that cruise the area on a nightly basis. These beautiful pieces of machinery form the bane of many residents’ experience in the Marina, since they can be as loud at noon as they are at midnight. Finally, with full acknowledgement of how spoiled Dubai Marina residents can be, some claim to dislike how many of the buildings’ pools are in the shade for much of the day, owing to the density of buildings. Luckily, propertyfinder has put together a pool sun timetable that can help you decide where to spend your time soaking up the sun.
Known as the skyscraper neighbourhood, Dubai Marina offers a large selection of mid-range apartments in relatively new residential towers. The area has seen additional interest after a slight drop in rental prices throughout 2015 and early 2016.
Rents in Dubai Marina run the gamut, from affordable to expensive, depending on the block and towers. Apartments in Princess Tower range between 80,000 AED and 500,000 AED a year, while more affordable apartments can be found in the Marina Pearl Tower (65,000 AED-125,000 AED), among others.
The towers are known for their magnificent views overlooking the Marina and the Arabian Gulf. Residents also love the abundance of entertainment options, including restaurant and easy access to the beach.
You will love the never-ending options of restaurants that deliver food to your doorstep.