Located in the heart of what has come to be known as New Dubai, the Dubai Marina is a chic new development that once complete will be the biggest man-made marina in the world. With a total development area of 50 million sq ft, encompassing a large canal with 3.5 km of waterfront offering access to the sea from both ends and some of the city's best dining, entertainment and leisure facilities, Dubai Marina is the first choice for the stylish and sophisticated.
With an estimated total population of 75,000, Dubai Marina comprises of several residential towers, shopping centres, hotels including The Address, Dubai Marina, and leisure amenities complementing the marina experience which is highly sought after in Dubai.
Dubai Marina Walk, which lines the waterfront, has a selection of cosmopolitan restaurants that will cater to every taste including American, Thai, Mediterranean, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, and traditional Arabian, apart from several cafes that open to the sea. The retail spread includes supermarkets, book shops, boutique stores and the Dubai Marina Mall . Perched on the water's edge, the mall will have 160 stores offering an eclectic mix of luxury fashion, fine dining, specialty stores and entertainment.
A key attraction of The Dubai Marina Mall is the eight-storey Gourmet Tower, a revolutionary concept dedicated to world-class cuisine scheduled to open by December 2012. Accessible only by a direct bridge via the mall, the Gourmet Tower will be an exquisite waterfront dining experience. For a more casual atmosphere, the mall's expansive waterfront promenade invites shoppers and visitors to sit, eat and enjoy the marina views from a wide range of the Dubai Marina Mall's al fresco restaurants and cafés.
If shopping's not what you're after, one of the great pleasures of being located close to the waterfront are the waterborne activities on offer. Just a stroll away from the Marina Walk is the Jumeirah beach which is perfect for swimming and water sports. The Dubai Marina Yacht Club is the hub for a number of high-profile yachting events, from its own calendar of member cruises and rendezvous, to offering in-house management for race regattas for both power and sail competitions. Alternately, the club offers a 13-metre, US-built motor yacht - Athena Dubai, which can be chartered out making this an ideal platform to cruise the Arabian sea taking in spectacular views of the Dubai coastline and its myriad developments.