11 awesome things to do in Dubai Marina

by Danni B

If you’re looking for a holiday that combines both the beach and city nightlife then Dubai Marina is the perfect spot for you! You’ll get the best of both worlds and it’s hugely popular with Western tourists for that reason.

Here are 11 unique and awesome things to do in Dubai Marina

11 Things to Do in Dubai Marina

1) Enjoy the sea and sand at JBR Beach

Relax and soak up the sun at JBR Beach, a sandy beach with the beautiful sea. You can swim, sunbathe, or enjoy a picnic with friends and family.

You’ll also find lots of hotels, restaurants and shops set further back from the beach and it’s easy to spend a whole day here.

2) Hire a luxury yacht and cruise along Dubai Marina

Couple together on a yacht in Dubai with the Burj Al Arab in the background

Feel like a millionaire with this ultimate luxury experience, if you have the money to spend then hiring one privately will definitely give you the VIP experience or you can choose to join a yacht tour or party.

No trip to Dubai is complete without taking a picture on yacht so that the people back home see how good you’re living life!

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3) Take a zip-line across Dubai Marina

Two people heading down the zip line with the Dubai Marina sky line surrounded them

For those wanting an adrenaline filled activity, this is the one for you! Enjoy a thrilling zip line ride across Dubai Marina on the world’s longest Urban zip line at 1km.

Soar through the air like superman, lying forward and enjoy the stunning views of the marina from a totally different angle as you whizz past the cityscape.

Book zip-lining across Dubai Marina 🛥️

4) Enjoy a shopping spree at Dubai Marina Mall

Explore the various shopping options in Dubai Marina Mall. From high-end boutiques to high street brands, you can shop for fashion, accessories, and more.

The mall is a decent size, thought you may find it smaller compared to other malls in Dubai! There’s also the lovely Pier 7 attached, where you’ll find a great range of restaurants looking over Dubai Marina.

5) Go for Saturday brunch at restaurant in JBR

Dubai Marina and JBR is known for it’s likely day time scene and no trip to Dubai Marina would be complete without enjoying some fun in the sun.

You’ll find a range of Saturday brunches to suit every taste, from high end fine dining to your more casual beach club parties and pubs with outdoor areas. You’ll typically find a lot of Brits having a good time at these.

6) Skydive over Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah at Sky Dive Dubai

A parachute and two sky divers with the backdrop of Dubai Marina skyline

Take your adventure to new heights by going skydiving over Dubai Marina. Not for the faint hearted, this is certainly one of the most unique things to do in the area!

You’ll get to jump out of a plane and experience the adrenaline rush as you freefall while enjoying incredible views of the marina. If you pay extra to rent a go pro, you’ll get to enjoy those views again and again.

Check prices for sky diving in Dubai 🪂

7) Ride the world’s tallest observation wheel

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Ain Dubai, also known as the Dubai Eye, is the world’s largest observation wheel located on Bluewaters Island in Dubai.

Standing at a height of 250 meters, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Arabian Gulf, making it a must-visit attraction for tourists and locals alike.

We’re not sure yet when Dubai Ain will open again but it’s definitely worth exploring the surrounding area of Blue Waters.

Check availability for Dubai Eye 🛥️

8) Rent a bicycle and cycle around Dubai Marina promenade

If you had to the top section of Dubai Marina, in Dubai Marina North. Close to the water, you’ll see Careem bicycles ready for you to rent. Similar to Boris Bikes in London.

You’ll be able to take a leisurely cycle along the waterfront promenade. I recommend by bike since the paths are very long and you’ll get to see much more than on foot.

You can choose to stop at the different restaurants and cafes along with way, making it the perfect day out!

9) Hire a jet ski and explore the waters of Dubai

A man on a jet ski in Dubai looking towards Burj Al Arab

Experience the thrill of jet skiing in Dubai Marina. Here you can rent a jet ski and explore the marina’s waters while enjoying the stunning skyline views.

If you’re newer to using a jet ski then I highly recommend to do a jet ski tour as a group, where an instructor will lead you around Palm Jumeirah to see Atlantis and other key sights of Dubai.

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10) See how fast you can complete the world’s largest floating obstacle course

AquaFun is another very unique experience in Dubai and is fun for the whole family. It’s an inflatable obstacle course sitting on the sea at JBR beach.

Though you may be surprised by how tiring trying to complete the obstacle course is! So perhaps get a few gym sessions in as preparation so you can keep up with the kids.

11) Enjoy a dinner in the sky

Couple enjoying watching the sunset with their meal at Dinner in the Sky in Dubai Marina

Another exciting and different experience you’ll find in Dubai Marina is Dinner in The Sky. You’ll get hoisted up into the air for a 3 course meal of contemporary European cuisine.

This memorable experience is perfect as a couple or family with older children and it’s best to wear clothes that won’t flap in the wind. So avoid skirts, abayas and slip on shoes.

Check prices for Dinner in the Sky 🍽️

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