“Terrific way of seeing the Dubai Marina area from the water - you can "feel the money"”
This is a relatively new attraction in Dubai (many thanks to Trip Adviser for agreeing to list it), but is a terrific way of seeing the Dubai Marina and Dubai Palm districts of this city from the water – very good views of the beaches, mega yachts and speed boats, sparkling new berths, iconic skyscrapers, luxury hotels, etc). As you embark on your tour, you can literally “feel the money”.
The departure point is just next to the Dubai Marina Mall (nearest stops on the metro are Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers – about 10 minutes walk away, or alternatively the Dubai marina walk with its myriad of hotels is also an easy 10 minute walk). Gold tickets give seats at the front; silver tickets (AED50) the rest.
You cruise along the marina basin (remember – all created by humans rather than nature; I would have very much liked to have been there the day they flooded it/let the seas in), being able to admire, or at least compare, the numerous commercial and residential skyscrapers adjoining the basin. Then it is out into the Gulf, along parts of the Palm (you will see eg the One & Only, Taj, and in-process-of-being-built at time of writing Movenpick) before heading past the Mirage, the Grosvenor House towers, plus seasonal international boat show, back into the marina basin. The views of the iconic skyscrapers, both in Dubai Marina itself, as well as Dubai Media City, will really strike you. When I was there, the international boat show was also in full swing, including the Sheikh’s vast boat moored just outside the entrance to the marina. If you look upwards, in addition to the skyscrapers, you will in all likelihood also see skydivers floating out of the sky, from the skydiver’s club (their landing strip is adjacent to the area). It featured recently in a Flo-rida music video I noticed.
The boat itself is clean and pleasant. It seems to be owned and operated by the Dubai transit system. Being a catamaran, the vessel is very stable. Refreshments are available. Don’t go on a day when there are sandstorms (otherwise no view), or high winds (otherwise the boat will only go up and down the marina area rather than out to sea to pass by the Palm). The commentary in English is a bit ropy – but then again, it is about seeing rather than listening. I believe there is also a sister service which takes you to the Dubai Creek area.
And afterwards, plenty of cafes and restaurants (plus the luxurious Address hotel) in the mall for refreshments, as well as a branch of Waitrose for stocking up on essentials!
To date this appears to be a low key, relatively unknown attraction – but I think you might just enjoy your hour on board, especially for those visitors who are staying in nearby hotels along the Dubai Marina Walk.
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