About Dubai

The Emirate of Dubai in the U.A.E. is one of the great success stories internationally in the process of economic development. Traditionally the trading hub of the Region, Dubai is now extending its success into tourism and knowledge based industries. Testament to Dubai's arrival on the international stage is hosting of the prestigious IMF/World Bank meetings in September 2003.

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai's vision is to provide the best the world has to offer. In the pursuit of excellence the Government has always looked upon the private sector as full partners. With no personal corporate or sales taxes, foreign direct investment has expanded strongly and mega projects have become synonymous with Dubai's development. Within the residential property sector it has been Emaar's master-planned communities that have been a major contributor to Dubai's economic development.

Dubai's strategic location is also a key element in its success. The heart of one of the worlds richest regions, Dubai is located midway between the Far East and Europe. Over 120 shipping lines and 100 airlines connect to more than 140 global destinations. The award winning Emirates airlines is ever expanding into new destinations.

Multi-national companies increasingly see Dubai as the obvious choice for establishing operations in the Region. Proximity to the Indian subcontinent not only gives access to a market of over 1 billion people but the ability to benefit from an increasingly talented and competitive labour supply.

The pursuit of excellence has resulted in producing one of the best infrastructure facilities in the world. State of the art telecommunications, reliable power, modern schools and healthcare are all attracting an increasingly multi-cultural and highly trained workforce. The Government projects a doubling of population by the year 2010. Luxurious living, the finest cuisine and world class shopping are now the hallmarks of Dubai enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Burj Dubai
The Burj Dubai will be the world's tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf regions most prestigious urban development to date. This architectural phenomenon will be a global tourist magnet that skyrockets Dubai into the global limelight.

Burj Dubai will radiate out in a series of ellipses from the sky breaking tower encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment, and the world largest shopping mall. The planned Old Town with its intimate streets and architectural detail will create special ambience with the mystery of yesterdays Arabia. Old Town will feature every kind of restaurant from five-star dining to outdoor cafes overlooking parks and waterways.

Dubai Marina
The vision of Dubai Marina is to create an awe-inspiring city-within-a city that delights residents with its cosmopolitan, free-spirited atmosphere and unique, invigorating lifestyle. It will be an urban centre on the water, comparable to the most exclusive waterfront developments in the world's leading cities. Ideally positioned along Dubai's new growth corridor, Dubai Marina will be the place where people meet, laugh, live and enjoy life to the full. Always alive, with the glittering Marina at its heart, Dubai Marina will be unlike any other place, in Dubai, the Middle East and even the world.

This man-made marina is strategically located near Interchange 5 on Sheikh Zayed Road close to Dubai's well-known landmarks like the Dubai Internet City, The American University of Dubai and the Emirates Golf Club.

Marina Lifestyle
Marina living has become one of the most desirable and sought-after lifestyles in the world. Now you can enjoy it all, right here in Dubai. The exclusivity, the status and the rewards of waterfront living are awaiting you at Dubai Marina. One of the world’s largest, most meticulously planned waterfront developments, Dubai Marina offers you the exhilaration and vibrancy of a chic, urban lifestyle together with all the advantages of owning a home on the water. Unobstructed views across the marina, fresh sea breezes and the experience of a lifestyle most people can only dream about.

Be part of it
There is no place like Dubai Marina. The ultimate in urban lifestyle blends perfectly with the splendour of a true marina. Dubai Marina is at the centre of Dubai’s new, fast paced business hub. The marina’s neighbours include Dubai Internet City where the world’s leading corporations explore the new frontiers of cyberspace, Dubai Media City, where the region’s news and other communication professionals have made their home, the renowned American University in Dubai, as well as, the forward-thinking Knowledge Village. Dubai Marina is also conveniently close to Emaar Business Park and Jebel Ali Free Zone. Journalists, students and captains of industry can often be found soaking up the unique atmosphere at the Marina or meeting for lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants.

The best of all worlds
Dubai Marina was created for you to be able to come alive. It is a life less ordinary. There are a multitude of experiences at Dubai Marina. The promenade with its cosmopolitan restaurants and boardwalk creates a dynamic area linking the towers, gardens and waterfront to create a truly captivating environment. From fishing, jogging, yachting,energetic water sports, fine dining to socialising with your neighbour, the atmosphere is warm, invigorating and always inviting.

Your berth awaits you
Live your dream! Watch your boat gently heave with the movement of the marina from the warmth of your apartment or villa. With 700 berths you can turn your dreams into reality. With a full range of services, ranging from dockmasters, loading assitance to cleaning and repairs, you will always be ready to explore the Arabian Gulf, at your leisure. Dubai Marina is the ideal home for you and your boat.

Ferries. Feasts. Festivities
Dubai Marina is alive! A vibrant community, where everyday is filled with life. The wide range of new restaurants caters for every taste. Enjoy a night out at the American 50’s diner, or tantilise your taste buds with Thai fusion, contemporary Indian or funky sushi. In true marina tradition sit back and relax while the delights of the Mediterranean are served at the Mediterranean restaurant and envelope your self with the region at the traditional Persian dining experience. Your dining experience just wouldn’t be complete though without simply sitting back and relaxing while you slowly sip a coffee or tea at the coffee bar.

Article by: Chris Needham - www.sundaytimes.co.za