You know you are a Marina Mum when…

Being a Marina Mum is not for the faint hearted.  You need a certain kind of spunk to “absolutely love” living here – it’s like being in the middle of the most ‘funnest’ place on Earth. Marina Living is synonymous with an outdoorsy life mixed with apartment living. You get your money’s worth by being able to enjoy the beach, pool, fountains, the Marina & 7km track all in one walk! Dubai Marina is perfect for those  who have the zest for life to switch from A.M. to P.M. in a matter of seconds.

I  opened this question out to the 4,500 members of the Dubai Marina Mums group, to ask them what they felt it was like to live in the Marina, to be a Marina Mum! Some of the best ones are posted here…so here goes.

You know you’re a Marina Mum when…

– You’re used to some of the world’s best firework displays views from your balcony or 825906455windows, the best of course,  being the New Year’s Eve extravaganza on JBR beach (with your baby mastering the art of sleeping through it all!) Plus the 30 days continuous one at the shopping festival and both the Eid’s!

– Your weekend entails going for an early brekkie, then beach, then pool and then maybe a date night , all without ever having to sit in a car.

images-1– You don’t bat an eyelid if you see 25 people falling out from an aeroplane with parachutes, because of  SkyDive next door.

– When you’re invited to check out a new 5-star hotel pool with your family and you’re reply is ‘meh’. True story!🙂

– When the thought of socialising anywhere other than Pier 7 or JBR on a Thursday night sends a chill down your spine.

– When you don’t need to make a mani/pedi appointment because you know at least one of the ten salons in your strip of buildings will have a space available.

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– When looking out of your window you get a view of the beach, the parachutes, the Marina, the yachts, the buzzing traffic on SZR and an occasional helicopter, all in  one go.

– When some of the best nurseries for your kids are literally yards away.

– When you buy a bicycle instead of a car, because everything is close by (true story).

– When your calender is marked for the year with guests and friends’ visits booked well in advance.

– When your daughter tells people she lives in a tower just like Rapunzel.

camel-beach-800x585– When your kids’ friends are from Rimal, Bahar and Sadaf and not from UK, USA or India.

– When venturing out to Dubai Mall is considered a road trip.

– When you’ve mastered the art of getting an entire grocery shop, from your car parked in the basement of your building, in and out of an elevator and to your front door.

– When you can rattle off all the cool places to visit, eat, party and experience, depending on your visitor’s demographic and intention of visit (including options for best nights out and vouchers).

– When most of the mums are connected to each other by logging on to the Dubai Marina Mums, and you can recognise a fellow mum from her profile pic on the group! Many familar faces in Marina Mall, and you can connect with a mum in the same building who’s the same age as your kids at the click of a button! Ask, Support, Share!

 

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My favourite coffee hangouts

One of the coolest things as a resident of the Marina is the massive number of options to choose from! Within a 1-mile radius, we have over a 100 cafés serving a much needed cappuccino… Yes, ONE HUNDRED…and most of it can be accessed by foot!

Hope you enjoy this list…there are so many to choose from and these are just the ones I visit because they are round the corner from me. Let me know what cafés you enjoy around this area. I’d love to meet you all one day over a coffee in our lovely neighbourhood!

Here are my top 5…

Starbucks, JBR

14330077_10153954427606696_5728277113607988655_nI am literally 150 steps away from this one. We’ve been neighbours since 2009 and it’s been my go-to place after a school drop-off caffeine fix. Perfect getaway for some peace and quiet, be it in my PJs, workout gear, or barefoot after a crazy mums night out!

Don’t forget to ask for your free Babycino every time you order your own cuppa. Kids get free froth milk complete with a chocolate smiley face! And of course, free WIFI – makes it a blogging Dubai Marina Mums dream!

Rimal, JBR, front right corner of Marina Tower. 7am – 12:45am. +9714 423 3751

Leopolds of London, The Beach

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Nothing beats the view and the choice of coffee and tea on their menu, plus their giant copper coffee machine is a work of art!

The staff knows their coffee choices well and the ambience both inside and outside is amazing! Best time to visit is during the outdoor season (Oct-Apr) for the best views of JBR beach.

The Beach, near the kids Splash park. 

Le Pain Quotidien, Dubai Marina

While I’m not a big fan of the cups they serve (the wide open bowls without a handle) but 14322619_10153954427531696_3365156203437334360_ntheir organic coffee is a great selling point along with the staff at the Marina Mall Branch.

Convenient pit stop after a Waitrose grocery run, and their staff has been there since they opened, so they know most of their regulars well – their barista, David, knows my regular order whenever I walk in. Free WIFI, kids menu and organic coffee blends, along with the amazing vibe inside, makes it a must go.

Dubai Marina Mall, near Waitress, 7.30am to 11pm. +9714 419 0595

Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina

Bistro des Arts is a quintessential 1970 Parisian bistro overlooking the waters of Dubai Marina, serving a repertoire of classic “Terroir” French home-style food with a rustic French décor and a garden vibe terrace.

Finally… an independent café, and not a large international chain! This place is located right next to the Marina Mall, a little walk from the Marina promenade. They have replicated a quaint French bistro with an amazing coffee and wine list (Yes, wine!). It’s a regular favourite if you are out for a stroll and would like freshly roasted coffee after a nightcap!

Marina Promenade (you can park near in Marina Mall)

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The Brass, The Beach

This new cafe is for the hipster in us, minimalistic, high quality blends from Ethiopia to East Indonesia. The carefully selected menu allows you to experiment with your coffee choice further. It’s not just a cup of coffee here, it’s a learning experience. This one is a smaller pop-up version of their larger cafe in City Walk – but love how they have presented themselves right in the middle of The Beach amphitheatre – and used up their space and expertise well.

The Beach (central Promenade)

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Hope you enjoy this list…let me know your go-tos for a java – morning or evening.

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