1 year ago on Thursday, June 30, 2016
Pending the completion of Dubai's new urban dream, the Dubai Marina's attractions are largely confined to the string of luxurious beachside hotels which have been a long-established feature of the city's tourist credentials, and staying within the confines of one of these five-star sanctuaries – and keeping your eyes on the sea – it's easy to almost completely ignore the building bonanza going on just a few yards inland. If you want a holiday combining sun, sea and sand, and you don't mind spending most of your time cloistered within one of the spectacular beachside hotels, the marina area remains as appealing as ever.
The beach itself comprises a fine wide swathe of golden sand, though the beaches at the lower-end hotels can get very crowded. Watersports companies operate out of all of the beachside hotels, offering all sorts of activities like windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and parasailing, while roving pseudo-Bedouin roam the beach with colourfully upholstered camels offering rides.
All the marina beach hotels apart from the Royal Meridien allow non-guests to use their beaches, swimming pools and other facilities for a fee. Some are open daily; others only open to outsiders when occupancy levels fall below a certain level (it's best to ring in advance to check the latest situation wherever you're planning to go).