At the heart of New Dubai, Dubai Marina is an enormous development stretching from the city’s arterial Shaikh Zayed Road to the shore-lining Jumeirah Beach Residence development. While it may be one of the city’s best known neighbourhoods by name, it’s also one of the worst of the newer parts of town for traffic and congestion.
Among the high-rise hotels and twisted (literally) residential buildings lies the man-made water channel from which the area draws its name and has been built around. A wide, smooth and entirely pedestrianised pathway lines the entire perimeter of the water, which connects to the sea at each end. Throngs of runners, rollerskaters and residents walking their dogs populate the path every morning, evening and weekend, while an increasing amount of cafes and restaurants line the route to cash in on the area’s many visitors.