World of Water

No feeling quite compares to living on the waterfront and Dubai offers many different ways to do so - and to take maximum advantage of the city's coastal location

19 Mar 2014, words by Anne Martin in Neighbourhoods

It is perhaps ironic that, for a city most often associated with the desert, Dubai offers a wealth of water sports and many superb options for waterfront living. increasingly, as the city has developed, these two elements have been combined, with neighbourhoods designed to incorporate marinas and private beaches.

Palm Jumeirah is the most obvious example - indeed, the entire concept was based on the desire to add to Dubai's coastline. That homes there are now in such high demand is testament to both the extraordinary boldness of the vision and the eternal allure of living right beside the sea.

Villa in Palm Jumeirah. Property ID 2015
Villa in Palm Jumeirah. Property ID 2015

Whether it is the special quality of the light, the way the water softens all sound or simply the sheer pleasure of being able to walk on your own private beach day and night, and the unexpected thrill of catching a fish right in front of your house (as Palm residents have reported doing) the Palm offers a way of life unlike any other. Once its marinas are fully operating, it will become even more attractive to boat owners.

Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence offer a different take on waterfront living, combining the same laid-back vibe and soul-soothing watery views with all of the convenience and ease of apartment living. Add to that the marinas that enable to keep a boat just steps from the front door and you have a way of life that's very hard to beat. 

Penthouse in JBR. Property ID 994.
Penthouse in JBR. Property ID 994.