Dubai’s top 6 waterfront communities

Waterfront living is one of the key lifestyle draws for Dubai’s residents. It comes in many forms from ocean-side living along Jumeirah to the lake views of Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Whichever matches your vibe, it’s in our list of the best waterfront areas in Dubai.



Palm Jumeirah offers a resort lifestyle, with beaches, restaurants, cafes and some of the world’s best hotels on your doorstep. It’s one of Dubai’s most prestigious addresses with most homes offering views of the Dubai coastline, Burj Al Arab or Dubai Marina. Take your friends to one of several beach-facing restaurants on Club Vista Mare – Ibn Al Bahr, Simply Italian, Aji or Ras Beach Vibes Lounge – for dinner and drinks or choose from restaurants like Nobu, Hakkasan or Bread Street Kitchen at The Atlantis for a date. Let Anna take you on a tour around the area.


JBR is the ultimate address for beachfront living. Its beachfront boulevard, The Walk, and The Beach mall are among the city’s best tourist attractions. The constant throng of holidaymakers results in traffic congestion during peak hours and the weekends. Lebanese food lovers must check out Sarouja for the ambience and live bands while Turkish food aficionados can try Tike Taste of Istanbul. There is also an outlet of The Cheesecake Factory. Residents also love Leopold’s of London, Eggspectation, Operation Falafel and Ramusake in the neighbourhood. Follow our UAE insider Benn as he takes you around this community that he calls home.


Jumeirah Lakes Towers is a waterfront community that has come of age after years of construction and road works. A less expensive alternative to the Dubai Marina, JLT is ideal for professionals working in Media City, Jebel Ali Free Zone and Abu Dhabi. Paid public parking can be a small niggle. Hidden gems include Raju Omelette, Vietnamese Foodies, Art Lunch and El Mostacho. Don’t miss out taking family and friends to Mythos Kouzina & Grill for Greek food, Betawi for Indonesian food, Nola Eatery & Social House and Beit Maryam for Levantine flavours. The 2 Metro stations are a big plus. Taking a stroll around the lake is essential in the winter months. Let Kevin, our resident guide, show you around.


It doesn’t get better than the Dubai Marina if you’re looking to live in one of the city’s most stylish neighbourhoods. It is a high-rise district, home to residential and serviced apartments and hotel towers offering an array of entertainment venues and restaurants. The area is a waterfront lifestyle destination with a marina and beach within walking distance. Dubai Marina is known for being a hip and glitzy neighbourhood, attracting young professionals. Nationalities are very mixed, but tend toward European. The upscale neighbourhood 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. See what our local resident Laure has to tell you about this vivacious community.


Look no further if you’re seeking a beachfront setting for your home. Jumeirah has now expanded to include Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3 and Jumeirah Bay. There is an abundance of entertainment options such as Kite Beach, Mercato Mall, City Walk, La Mer and Box Park. Be sure to visit 3 Fils and other charming restaurants in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, or Automatic in Beach Centre for good mezze and grills, Al Falamanki for delicious Lebanese fare, Turkish Village and Bosporus for good Turkish sausages, Lime Tree Cafe for excellent cakes, Samad Al Iraqi for authentic Iraqi food while road-weary motorheads can head to Bikers Cafe. For something more chic, head to Flamingo Room By Tashas in Jumeirah Al Naseem. Linda C is waiting to take you around her favourite places.


Move here if you want to take in the charm and history of old Dubai but at competitive housing prices. Traffic can get intense during peak hours, but you get to live close to landmarks such as the Clock Tower, Dubai Creek and Gold Souk. Deira is well-connected by the Metro – both the Red and Green lines. Be sure to sample Syrian cuisine at Aroos Damascus, biryani at Pak Liyari in Naif and Indian food at Calicut Notebook in Abu Hail. Watch Anita, the resident guide, as she takes you on a tour of her neighbourhood.

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