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Marjan Island

Al Marjan Island Holidays

One of the top holiday destinations in the United Arab Emirates, Al Marjan Island Dubai is made up of four picturesque islands jutting out into the Arabian Gulf. Set against the backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, this man-made archipelago is home to a selection of luxurious hotels, pristine beaches and an upmarket dining scene.

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A picture-perfect archipelago with spectacular beaches and sea views

With sun, sea and sand to enjoy year-round, it's no wonder Al Marjan Island holidays are such a popular choice for luxury-seeking tourists. Each immaculate island has its own unique appeal and selection of lavish hotels to choose from, such as the stunning Ras Al Khaimah Hotel. Breeze Island – the main gateway – is home to a sweeping promenade lined with restaurants, shops and play areas, while Dream Island is known for its beaches and watersports. The archipelago's central section and urban hub is View Island, while Treasure Island is predominantly residential with a handful of family hotels and a promenade.

Although holidays to Al Marjan Island centre around relaxing beach days and laid-back pool scenes, there's plenty of entertainment and recreational facilities on offer too. Take a short 15-minute drive to the mainland and you'll find an 18-hole golf course, a shopping mall and child-friendly attractions such as the Iceland Waterpark.

Quick Tips

  • Islam
  • Emirati dirham.
  • Arabic
  • GMT +4

A day by the beach

Most hotels on the island have their own private beach with free sunloungers and parasols, so you won't have to venture far to enjoy soft sands and glittering ocean views. When you're not working on your tan, you can have a go at windsurfing, wakeboarding and jet skiing at one of the watersport centres. Thanks to the area's subtropical climate and sheltered bays, the warm, clear water is also ideal for swimming.

While each island has beautiful beaches to offer, Dream Island is most well known for its glorious stretch of shoreline and is popular choice for sun-seekers. Along the 5,000-metre-long beach you'll find plenty of sunbathing spots, exclusive beach clubs, a marina and a choice of family-friendly restaurants and cafés to enjoy a refreshing drink or bite to eat.

Upmarket restaurants and swanky bars

As you would expect from a luxurious holiday destination, Al Marjan Island offers a range of deluxe dining options. Many of the hotels are All Inclusive and have their own choice of restaurants where you can enjoy both local and international cuisine at any time of day. If you fancy a change of scenery, the local dining scene is also well worth sampling. Throughout the interconnected islands, you'll find a variety of waterfront restaurants and cafés with top-notch menus and scenic views across the Arabian Gulf.

Although some of the hotels are alcohol-free, the island certainly doesn't fall short when it comes to nightlife. Party-goers can head to one of the hotel's swanky bars or beach clubs that stay open until the early hours. Some of the hotel's even have rooftop lounges with panoramic views, happy hours and live music on a weekly basis, so you're bound to find somewhere to keep you entertained of an the evening.

Sightseeing excursions

When you're not enjoying the laid-back lifestyle of Al Marjan Island, there's plenty of exciting day-trips on offer. For those who are craving the hustle and bustle of a city, Dubai is just a 40-minute drive through the desert. You can easily spend a day marvelling at the city's iconic architecture, browsing the ultra-modern shopping malls and dining in world-class restaurants.

If relaxation is what you're after, Khatt Springs is also just a 40-minute car journey from Al Marjan Island. Located in the shadow of the Hajar Mountains, tourists and locals flock here to unwind and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich hot pools. If you prefer something more action-packed, you can head into the desert on an exhilarating 4x4 off-road safari to explore the silky sand dunes and watch the sun set across the peaks.

For a truly unique experience, the eerie Jazirat Al Hamra ghost town is just a 15-minute drive away. Left abandoned since the 1960s, this old fishing village will transport you back in time as you get lost down ghostly alleyways and explore the well-preserved houses, shops and mosques.