Get the lowdown on things to do in Dubai Marina on Marina Walk, including bike hire, restaurants, bars and shopping.
Time Out Dubai staff
Is there somewhere I can eat? Tell me there’s somewhere I can eat. You’ve come to the right place. Marina Walk is almost entirely restaurants, cafés and supermarkets, serving up almost every imaginable cuisine. You’ll find Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern and American, fajitas, curries, noodles, sushi, shawarmas and burgers, plus bagels, pies and a whole lot more. This is a destination for dining. And strolling along the edge of Dubai Marina, of course.
Where do you recommend? Lebanese restaurant Reem Al Bawadi is typically one of the most popular spots lining the path around the water’s edge. Decked out in fairy lights and fake foliage, it has a prime spot overlooking the yacht moorings. Café Bateel is smaller, but proportionately no less busy, and does a mean bread basket (featuring a knock-out date and walnut variety). Across the other side of the water, beneath Marina Promenade Towers, Baker & Spice serves up great deli dishes if Middle Eastern eats aren’t your vibe.
Bored of food now. What else can I do? How about a spot of shopping at Dubai Marina Mall? Alternatively, hire a Byky bicycle from the automated stations and explore the entire perimeter of the Marina in a fraction of the time it would take you by foot. Got visitors in tow? Take them on a cruise of the Marina on Captain Jack dhow, run by Bristol Middle East Yacht Solutions, or head out further afield on a private yacht charter with Xclusive Yachts, which has regular promotions on cruises.
I’m parched. How about a drink? Head to Pier 7 – the large, black, cylindrical tower nestled just next to Dubai Marina Mall. Here, you’ll find a wealth of watering holes. Fümé has a small, separate bar that allows smoking and often screens cartoons, The Scene is as close as you’ll get to a funky British pub and, like cool city bar Cargo, has a wide terrace with stunning Marina views. For something fancier, head to Asia Asia or Atelier M.
Only at Marina Walk
Lost whale sharks Over the past few years, not one but two juvenile whale sharks have swum into and got lost in Dubai Marina’s wide waterways. Their arrival has each time spurred a flurry of excitement across social media, and latterly even spawned a satirical Twitter handle – @dxbmarinashark.