Dubai is currently in the middle of its yearly eight-month long summer. With humidity adding to the abundant amount of sunlight, it is increasingly difficult to go out during day time. Nowadays, I start to wander around the emirate only before sunset when the heat is a bit bearable. Just like last weekend when I went to explore the Dubai Marina.
Dubai Marina is a 3 km residential district along the shoreline of Persian Gulf. The key feature of the district is the man-made marina or canal, the largest one in the world. Natural salt-water from the adjacent gulf flows freely to the marina.
On both sides of the marina are high-end waterfront residential towers. My first thought on seeing the whole place was, it will be very nice to get an apartment overlooking the marina.
Luxury yachts, small cruise ships and tour boats are all over Dubai Marina. I can’t imagine how much it would cost a chartered yacht to cruise the marina towards the Persian Gulf, but it will be definitely worth it. For those who would like to try, you can contact companies like Yacht Rental Dubai, Aquarius Yacht Rental, Luxury Sea Boats, and Royal Blue Coast.
There is a cheaper option if you really want to experience cruising the marina. Just like in Dubai Creek, Dinner Dhow Cruise is available daily. Experience a two-hour Dubai Marina cruise with international cuisine buffet and live entertainment. Prices are 100 AED for kids and 160 AED for Adults. Check out Alexandra Dhow Cruise and Rayna Tours for tour schedules.
As for me, I just enjoyed the picturesque view of Dubai Marina by strolling along the Marina Walk. It is a seven km. beachfront paved walkway that is packed with retail stores, restaurants, and cafes.
At that time, many people were already enjoying the nice afternoon in Dubai Marina. The sun was about to set and people can finally have fun in the outdoors.
When I came to the emirate 2 years ago, I really did not expect to see a nice place like this. Dubai is almost just the size of Cebu Island in the Philippines and is located in a desert.
I became more amazed how a small place like this transformed into a premier tourist destination. To be able to transform a desert to a world-class waterfront residential district is very inspiring. Great things can really happen if you have a government that focuses on progress.
As always, I stayed to take a picture of nightlights of the place I go to. This one didn’t disappoint as well.
Aside from the man-made districts out of the sand like Dubai Marina, Dubai has also built some islands out of its nearby waters. I am looking forward to discover each of them in the future.