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Directly in front of Dubai Marina, on the coast, is a string of high class 5-star resort hotels of international repute. Running along the landward side is Sheikh Zayed Road, the main road linking Dubai to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, or Abu Zaby, to the west.
Abu Dhabi City is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. There are seven emirates in the UAE, of which Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most prominent.
On the landward side of Sheikh Zayed Road and the marina are the superb, high class residential areas of Jumeirah Lake, Jumeirah Islands and Emirates Hills.
Dubai Marina is a development by the leading Dubai real estate company, Emaar, which is fast becoming one of the leading real estate companies in the world, with extensive global interests.
Dubai Marina is a mixed-use canal-city inspired in the Venetian tradition. It will accommodate over 120 thousand people in luxury apartment towers and villas when complete.
Phase One of Dubai Marina, covering 25 acres, was commenced in 1998 and completed in 2003, at a cost of $200 million dollars.
It consists of six freehold apartment towers, called Dubai Marina Towers and 64 luxury villas connected by a spectacular network of rooftop gardens.
There is underground parking for 2000 cars, 6 swimming pools, 2800 square metres of sports facilities,2000 sq metres of themed restaurants and 4000 sq metres of retail space.
Phase Two is now in progress. On final completion, Dubai Marina will be the largest man-made marina in the world.
The vision is to become an exclusive urban centre on the water, comparable to those in the world's leading cities.
It is approximately 3.5 kilometres [2.2 miles] long with 11 kilometres of marine frontage, entering from the Arabian Gulf next to the Dubai International Marine Club [DIMC] and returning to the Gulf just beyond the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Spanning 30 million square feet, the project covers 10 districts, each of which will be developed as a district community.
The Dubai Marina development will contain over 200 high rise buildings and some super-tall skyscrapers, housing luxury accommodation.
The towers include:-
- Dubai Marina Towers
- The Torch
- Dubai Marina
- Infinity Tower
- The Princess Tower
- Number One Dubai Marina
- Marina Terrace
- La Reve
- Al Marsa Tower
- Al Sahab twin towers
- Al Fattan Marine Towers
- Manchester Tower
- Horizon Tower
- The Cascades
- The Jewels
- The Lighthouse
- Yacht Bay
- Al Majara 1 to 5
There will be a total floor area of 4.9 million square metres or 50 million square feet. This includes the 40 residential and hotel towers of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, which are on the sea-ward side of the marina.
The Marina Walk is very popular, pleasant aspect of Dubai Marina. People love to stroll along the marina and occasionally sit at a table outside a pavement cafe in the warm sunshine, enjoying a coffee or soft drink whilst they watch the world go by!!
It is especially popular at night, when diners sit out in front of the many restaurants gazing out at the gleaming yachts and glittering towers.
On Fridays and Saturdays, from October to April, the picturesque Marina Walk hosts an outdoor market called Marina Market [what else?].
This features around fifty stalls selling a range of items, predominantly clothing, jewellery, handicrafts and home accessories. This is an enjoyable place to head for at the week-end. Things get started around 11 am and wind up around 7pm.
What better than a relaxing stroll around the stalls followed by a tasty alfresco meal?