Dubai Marina for families

Simon and Parris Cockings tell us about family life in Dubai Marina


Time Out Kids meets Simon and Parris Cockings, who live in the Dubai Marina with their six-week-old son, Denon.

How long have you lived in the Marina?
We’ve lived in this particular apartment in The Marina for the past two years. It’s proved to be a great location for us, because we have access to the beach, hotels, restaurants, and cafes, so it encourages us to leave our apartment all through the year.

Why did you choose your particular apartment?
We love the views over the water and the overall lay-out inside, too. Our large balcony is a great place to sit, relax and even fire-up a BBQ. We also overlook the buzzing Marina Walk Promenade and it’s a short stroll to Marina Mall, the beach and Jumeirah Beach Walk.

Having just had a baby, what’s the Marina like for young families?
Having the Marina Mall and safe places to play and ride bikes outside on the Promenade is ideal for people with families but we’ve found it also offers lots of great places to go and things to do for mums, dads and visitors as well.

What’s it like having a newborn in your neighbourhood?
The JBR Walk just over the bridge is great place to have lunch and catch up with friends, while the Marina Walk is a safe and pram-friendly spot for an evening stroll, so it’s great. When Denon gets a little older we’ll also be taking full advantage of the beach.

What facilities for little ones are nearby, and do you use them yet?
Our particular building has a kiddies’ pool and huge kids’ play room, although Denon’s too small to use any of the facilities at the moment but it will be great to take advantage of them soon.

Denon’s only tiny, but have you spotted anything nearby that you’d like him to do when he’s a bit bigger?
He’ll ride his bike alongside his dad when he runs on the Promenade. And with his mum being Australian we’d really like him to do something like nippers’ surf and sand activities at the beach down the road.

Has it been easy to meet other mums and dads in your neighbourhood?
Dubai is a very friendly place and you often find yourself chatting with other mums and dads when out for a stroll or picking up a few essentials from the shops.

Do you have other friends with small kids in the area?
We have some very good fiends within the same complex – their little one is just one month younger than Denon, so it’s really easy to catch up with them. Right now we’re all going through the new born stage together and supporting each other, so it couldn’t be better.

Where do you hang out in the Marina? Any favourite haunts?
At this early stage we really only venture to either The Walk or Marina Mall, but as the weather gets better and he gets older we’ll certainly expand our horizons. There’s lots to do around here and obviously Time Out Kids helps us keep track of all the relevant events and activities.

Any favourite family friendly restaurants that you go to nearby?
We pretty much still eat at all our old favourite places as he’s so easy at the moment, but once he’s older I’m sure we’ll be regulars at places like Wagamama and a few of the hotels around here because they’re so child friendly.

If it is just the two of you on date night, where do you tend to go?
The Yacht Club is on our doorstep and is always good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but we also like to get off of the beaten track and uncover new and interesting places to go and things to do and see across all of the Emirates.


Dubai Marina Mall 04 436 1020
JBR Walk 04 390 0091
Al Maya Supermarket 04 432 7191
Spinneys 04 367 4810
Waitrose 04 434 2626

Jebel Ali Village Nursery (JBR) 04 424 3791
Fun & Play Nursery 04 437 6433
Raffles Dubai Marina Nursery 04 427 1473

Favourite Things 04 434 1984
Kidville 04 440 1220
Read N Enjoy 04 448 7046
Super Dooper 04 454 3891

Dubai Marina Yacht Club 04 362 7900
The Address Dubai Marina 04 436 7777
Wagamama 04 399 5900

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