Dubai Marina
JUMEIRAH BEACH SOUTH, MARINA BEACH, THE WALK, SKYLINE

Dubai Marina is a brand new neighbourhood in the South part of Dubai, parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road. It was just a desert some years ago, but now there are 3 lakes, some of Dubai's tallest and most outstanding skyscrapers -home to the 4 tallest residential buildings in the world, old tour boats and modern private yachts, de luxe hotels, tall luxorious residences, fancy restaurants, beach promenades, shopping malls and a part of the southernmost part of Jumeirah Beach is parallel to Dubai Marina. Here you can take a boat on the lake or walk on the pedestrian friendly Marian Promenade. It is home to one of the largest concentration of rich westerners in Dubai, most skyscrapers are hotels and residential buildings, and designed in a postmodern or futuristic style. You can find the supertall Princess Tower with its circular crown as well as the twisted and new Cayan Tower here. Many of the are about as tall, or taller then Empire State Building but it won't make that impact since they are situated very close to each other! It is also impressive to know that most of these building were built between 2012 and 2013, 10 years ago it was only desert! In Marriott Harbour Hotel and Grosvenor House you can find rooftop restaurants and bars. Marina Beach, the southernmost part of Jumeirah Beach is situated right next to the Dubai Marina, and there are two fancy walks with de luxe stores; The Walk and The Beachwalk. There is also a large mall, Marina Mall.

 
The skyline of Dubai Marina, seen from Marina Promenade, the tallest block in the world, also home to the 4 tallest residential buildings in the world! The building to the left is Cayan Tower by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, that resembles Turning Torso in Malmö, and has surpassed it as the world's most twisted buildng. To the right of it you find the Marriott Harbour Hotel where we had diner at sunset on the top. Princess Tower is Dubai's second tallest building after Burj Khalifa (414m, 101 floors) and the world's tallest residential building! It is the building with the silver crown and spire. The Torch (337m is to the immediate right of it). The white building with the spire to the far right is 23 Marina, the world's second tallest residential building 2014 (393m, 89 floors, 3rd tallest in Dubai during our visit in 2014) and Elite Residence, the beige building in the middle is the fourth tallest building (381m) in Dubai and the world's 3rd tallest residential building. The tall one under construction (with cranes on top) is Dream Dubai Marina, that will be Dubai's second tallest upon completion in 2014 (432m, 101 floors).
If you like deep sea fishing there are boats in the marina that you can charter. Fishing with the Dubai skyline in the background will be a totally different experience from fishing Lake Mead from shore.

DUBAI MARINA FROM SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD:

Dubai Marina, tallest buildings from the left, seen from the metro station at Sheikh Zayed Road: Cayan Tower, The Torch, Princess Tower, Dream Dubai Marina (u/c, will be Dubai Marina's tallest), Sulafa Tower, 23 Marina. It is hard to imagine that most of these skyscrapers were completed either 2012 or 2013!

 


Elite Residence in the middle.

Towers of the marina seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

 
Dubai Marina   Dubai Marina   The Address Hotel, Radisson, Marina Mall

Dubai Marina with the indoor skybridge that leads to the metro stop, above the busy Sheikh Zayed Road. Like a sci-fi movie!

 


Princess Tower in the middle

Towers along Sheikh Zayed Road

 

DUBAI MARINA FROM MARINA PROMENADE:

Marriott Harbour Hotel, Tamani Hotel, Princess Tower (), The Torch, Elite Residence,

 


Princess Tower in the middle

There are many palms in Dubai Marina, it is one of the greenest areas of Dubai

 
Dubai Marina   Dubai Marina   Dubai Marina

 
23 Marina to the right with 89 floors   Dubai Marina   Dubai Marina

Marriott Harbour Hotel from 2006 is one of the oldest skyscrapers. It is "only" 254m tall. On the top there is a rooftop restaurant that we visited during sunset.

 


Princess Tower in the middle


Dubai Marina


Cayan Tower was completed in 2013 with a designed inspired by Turning Torso in Malmö. However, Cayan Tower is taller then the original, 307m and 73 floors.

 


Cayan Tower


Cayan Tower



 
Dubai Marina   Dubai Marina   Dubai Marina

Marina Promenade surrounds the artificial lakes of Dubai Marina. Both sides are connected by bridges and the area is totally free from cars.

 


Trident Tower and a tower u/c





The nice pedestrian bridges of Dubai Marina.

 


Trident Tower






Grosvenor House is twin towers hotel, a skybarand residences, the older one is from 2005 and the newer one from 2011.

 






A dhow (old wooden ship) trafficates the lakes of Dubai Marina.

 

A large contrast: the dhow and the modern buildings

A dhow and the skyline

 
Glass, towers and islamic architecture   Mosque under construction    

 
Lookintg towards Jumeirah Lakes Towers   Grosvenor House    

 
Jumeirah Beach Residences   Sheikh Mohammed's face on a skyscraper   Parachute glider

 
Grosvenor House, Cayan Tower...many exciting shapes!
       

 
Circular lowrise
  Jumeirah Lakes Towers, on the other side of the highway    

 
The Address Marina Hotel
  The Address Marina Hotel   Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Kalifa on top of two skyscrapers

 
Marina Mall
  Marina Mall. Waitrose is a common supermarket chain in Dubai.   Marina Mall has about 50 stores.

 

  Almas Tower is situated in Jumeirah Lakes Towers opposite Dubai Marina    

 
Silverene Towers
  Silverene Towers has a ground floor restaurant, like many other scrapers.    

 

  The Address Marina Hotel   Jumeirah Lakes Towers

Jumeirah Beach Residences consist of several similar looking yellow towers, located between the Marina and Jumeirah Beach.


 

View from one of the bridges: North

View from one of the bridges: South

 
Al Gharbi Street
  Al Gharbi Street; Jumeirah Beach Residences   Al Gharbi Street

 
Silverene Towers
  Al Gharbi Street   Al Gharbi Street; This traffic light took forever to change!

 
Starbucks, Al Gharbi Street
  Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences   Jumeirah Beach Residences

 

THE WALK:

The Walk, a nice pedestrian friendly street parallel to Marina Beach. There is also serveral blocks of quarters on the second level, a city above the city.


 

The Walk

The Walk - stairs to Jumeirah Beach Residences

 
Jumeirah Beach Residences
  Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences   Jumeirah Beach Residences and Al Fattan Towers

The Walk and Jumeirah Beach Residences. Many western tourists live here, jogging is popular.


 

The Walk

There are many fancy cars in Dubai Marina, like this Ferrari

 

MARINA BEACH (South part of Jumeirah Beach):

Part of Palm Jumeirah Island seen from Marina Beach


 

Palm Jumeirah Island (the Crescent)

Palm Jumeirah Island (the Crescent)

Marina Beach with the 245 m tall Al Fattan (residential) & Oasis Beach (hotel) Towers from 2006 and Jumeirah Beach Residences, a complex of several yellow residential towers where the tallest one has 46 floors.

 

Marina Beach, the southernmost part of Jumeirah Beach

There is a small airport for propeller planes on the crescent of Palm Island

Marina Beach is a very nice beach with white sand and blue sea!


 

Marina Beach, the southernmost part of Jumeirah Beach

Marina Beach

Camels at Marina Beach


 

Camels at Marina Beach and Palm Island

Palm Jumeirah Island

 
Marina Beach
  Marina Beach   Jumeirah Beach Residences and Marina Beach

Dubai Marina skyline seen from Marina Beach, dominated by Princess Tower (left). The Ritz-Carlton and Habtor Grand in the front.


 

Camels at Marina Beach and Palm Island

Jumeirah Beach Residences and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Palm Jumeirah Island with its famous Atlantis Hotel, and the small propeller plane airport.



 

A bedouine tent with the face of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum



 
The skyline of Dubai Marina, seen from Marina Beach: Elite Reseidence, Princess Tower, Dream Dubai Marina (u/c), Torch, Cayan Tower, Grosvenor House...In the front Marriott Hotel and Habtor Grand Hotel. The red flag is a spot for beach guards.

Princess Tower (middle with spire), a postmodern skyscraper with 101 floors, Dubai's second tallest between 2012 and late 2014 and the world's tallest residential building!

 

The postmodern 89-storey Elite Residence from 2012 in the middle

Grosvenor House hotel and residences

Nice road pattern at The Walk.

 



 

VIEW FROM JUMEIRAH BEACH ROAD - THE BRIDGE ABOVE THE LAKES:

Cayan Tower, formerly Infinity Tower (right) and other supertalls.

 

The base of Cayan Tower (left)

Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers

 

AROUND SUNSET (around 5-6 PM wintertime):

 
Marina Beach
  Marina Beach   Jumeirah Beach Residences and Marina Beach

 
Princess Tower, crown
  Marina Beach   Almas Tower

 
Marriott, Cayan Tower, moon
  Cayan Tower, moo   Heading for the rooftop restaurant of Marriott Harbour Hotel

 
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and The Westin, two luxury hotels at Jumeirah Beach
  Marriott and Princess Tower   The tallest skyscrapers seen from Al Marsa Street
The tallest skyscrapers seen from below from Al Marsa Street. Manhattan style!

The Torch, looking up. 337m, 86 floors, built in 2011, then the world's tallest residential building!

 

The base of Cayan Tower (left)

Dubai Marina at sunset

This street resembles Manhattan.

 
The building with the crane is Dream Dubai Marina, that will be Dubai's second tallest upon completion in 2014 (432m, 101 floors)