Dubai Marina (Arabic: مرسى دبي) is a district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dubai Marina is a prosperous suburban neighborhood known for The Beach at JBR, a vacation complex among al fresco dining and sandy stretches to relax on.
Smart cafes and pop-up craft markets line the waterside promenade Dubai Marina Walk, while the Dubai Marina Mall hosts chain and luxury fashion stores.
Upscale boats cruise through the large artificial marina, wherever activities differ from jet-skiing over skydiving.
It is an artificial canal built along a 3-kilometer (2 mi) stretch of the Persian Gulf shoreline. As of 2018, it has a population of 55,052. When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas. It is located on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and Dubai, and the area hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and the American University in Dubai.
The first phase of this project has been completed. Dubai Marina was inspired by the Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
As a result of the marina’s proximity to the open ocean, marine mammals (especially whales and sharks) often enter the marina.
Dubai Marina Development
To create the artificial marina, the developers brought the Persian Gulf waters into the Dubai marina site, creating a new waterfront. There is a large central waterway excavated from the desert and running the length of the 3 km site.
More than 12% of the total land area on the site has been given over to this central public space. Although much of this area is occupied by the marina water surface, it includes almost 8 km of landscaped public walkways.
The marina is entirely artificial and developed by the real estate development firm Emaar Properties of the United Arab Emirates and designed by HOK Canada. Upon completion, it is claimed to be the world’s largest manufactured marina. The current largest artificial marina in the world is Marina del Rey in California, United States.
A publicly accessible foreshore was around the marina and some sections of public ocean way along the beach with views to Palm Jumeriah. Its most significant development is the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Dubai Marina opened doors to its only mosque Masjid Al Rahim in October 2013, situated in the southern end of the Marina.