An afternoon and evening at Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina and The Walk JBR are popular parts of Dubai just a short taxi ride from the bottom of Palm Jumeirah. The Marina is packed with skyscrapers, hotels, bars and great eateries.
Our journey in the Marina began in the water. We took a speedboat out into the Persian Gulf to take in the breathtaking views of the beachside as well as some of Dubai's famous sights. The speedboat zoomed up the side of the Palm past the Turkish architecture of Hotel Zabeel Saray up to Atlantis The Palm where we stopped for photographs and information about this iconic building. We were lucky enough to be staying in the hotel ourselves so got the full Atlantis experience (unfortunately this was not in the £20,000 a night suite but great fun nonetheless). The Atlantis was the first hotel to be built on the Palm and for the grand opening, more fireworks than the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony were used. According to some, this was visible from space.
Above is Hotel Zabeel Saray form the speedboat whilst below is a photograph of Atlantis The Palm.
From here we sped over to the Burj al Arab, the seven star sail like hotel structure.
This iconic structure juts out from the sea on its own reclaimed island 300 metres off the coast. Not only has Roger Federer played multiple tennis matches on the helipad on the top of the hotel but David Coulthard has driven a Red Bull F1 car there too. The hotel has some of the most expensive rooms in the world. The Royal Suite on the 25th floor boasts its own private cinema and golden staircase.
As the sun set in the sky, we wandered down the bustling beachfront of The Walk, investigating the little markets and taking in the atmosphere. Opposite the beachfront is the currently unfinished "Dubai Eye", soon to be the worlds biggest Ferris wheel. The Eye (Now officially called Ain Dubai) will consist of 48 pods will be able to hold 1400 people at a time, compared to just 32 pods for the London Eye.
The Walk is a 1.7 km beachside promenade that has some of the best boutique shops and restaurants that Dubai has to offer. I personally really liked this part of Dubai, although it felt ultra modern there was a hint of europeanesque dining culture which I did not see in other parts of the UAE. There were families out for the evening, couples walking in the sand and people paddling in the sea. It was great to see a snapshot of every day life in Dubai.
If you ever find yourself around Dubai Marina and the promenade of JBR, why not have a drink at the stylish JB's Bar? This stylish establishment has a laid back chilled vibe with great drinks.
Top 5 for Dubai to come soon.