What’s the area like?
If you can get past the imposing look of the tower blocks, it’s dazzling. Located at the heart of ‘new Dubai’, the Marina is a multi-million dirham man-made lagoon surrounded by trees, grass, fountains, nice archways and pagoda-type structures. Meanwhile, the cheaper Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) development is rapidly growing on the other side of SZR.

The area boasts plenty of luxury shops, a few high- street names and a couple of supermarkets. The weekly Marina Market is one of the best craft fairs in town. We also mustn’t forget the army of affordable restaurants and bounty of watersports on offer.

Best for
Young families and professional bachelors.

Because there are so many outdoor cafés and restaurants, there is a lively vibe at night and it’s remarkably pleasant to take a stroll down pedestrian strip The Walk, or along the beach – another very big draw. It’s also relatively affordable to rent a room.

Some parts of the development are still construction zones. Despite the road system upgrades, it is hard to see how the sheer volume of people expected to move to such a concentrated area will move about. There also seems to be a proliferation of American style food chains, and luxury shops stocking fur coats – rather than corner shops selling milk.

On the radar
A metro station, a JBR beach club, Marina Mall, a tram system and a foot bridge over to JLT are all on the growing horizon.