Palm Jumeirah, Dubai: what to do, what to see, how to get there

Palm Jumeirah or Palm Island (arabic name: نخلة الجميرة) is an island in Dubai that is shaped like a palm tree and is one of the wonders, a popular destination and an attraction of the emirate.

Palm Jumeirah is an artificial man-made island, or rather an archipelago of artificial islands, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, and is connected by a bridge to the mainland of Dubai.

Construction of the island began in June 2001, and in 2006 developers announced the delivery of the first residential units.

The island has the shape of a date palm - the national plant of the United Arab Emirates. The archipelago has a palm trunk, a crown consisting of 17 palm branches and a crescent-shaped part bordering the branches, which acts as a barrier protecting the Palm Jumeirah from sea waves.

Over time, the Palm Jumeirah has developed and become a place not only for living, but also for tourists to visit. The island has beaches and beach clubs, embankments and parkland, marinas and parking lots, as well as the Abdul Rahman Siddiq Mosque, places for shopping, entertainment, walking, recreation and leisure, including water sports, restaurants and bars, shops and shopping and entertainment complex, luxury hotels and luxury resort complexes with private beaches, among which are notable: Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Atlantis The Palm, Atlantis The Royal, Sofitel The Palm, Raffles The Palm, Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah and One&Only The Palm Dubai.

Thus, Palm Jumeirah has become not only one of the world's largest man-made islands, but also a significant symbol of Dubai, embodying the energy, growth and ambitions of the emirate.

Today, anyone can visit the Palm Jumeirah, while taking advantage of its infrastructure.

Attractions and objects of Palm Jumeirah

The base of the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah

The so-called base of the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah is located closest to the mainland.

There are an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, there are beaches and beach clubs, residential apartments and hotels, as well as two shopping centers, a park and a skyscraper with an observation deck and an infinity pool.

Palm West Beach is located on the left side of the base of the trunk and is long and one of the best public beaches in Dubai.

Along the coastline for 1.6 kilometers stretches a well-maintained embankment with walking and running tracks.

There are beach clubs on the beach, and near the beach there are coastal restaurants and bars, shops and parking lots.

Five-star hotels with private beach areas are also located near the beach, for example: Fairmont The Palm, Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah and FIVE Palm Jumeirah; as well as luxurious residential residences and complexes where you can rent apartments, for example: Harmony Vacation Homes - South Residence and South & North Residence Palm Jumeirah.

You can come to the beach with pets.

The beach is open to the public every day from 08:00 in the morning until midnight. The beach is a popular place to watch the sunset.

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On the other side of the base of the trunk (right) there are also beaches, there are catering establishments and beach clubs with restaurants and pools that you can visit. From beach clubs: Peaches & Cream Beach Club, Byron Bathers Club, Riva Beach Club and Club Vista Mare.

There is also 5-star Andaz by Hyatt - Palm Jumeirah with outdoor pool, beach area, restaurant, spa and fitness center and free Wi-Fi. Link to the hotel booking

Al Ittihad Park - an extended public park, 1.6 kilometers along the entire central part of the base of the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah.

Ittihad is not exactly a park, in the usual sense of the word, rather it is an extended alley along which more than 60 species of trees and plants growing in the UAE are planted.

In the park: places to relax, 3.2 kilometers of running and walking paths, awnings, small fountains and playgrounds with swings and slides.

Along the alley of the park there are buildings with restaurants, cafes, shops, residential residences and apartments, as well as the Golden Mile Galleria shopping center. More about Ittihad Park…

Large Nakheel Mall shopping and entertainment center, which has a multi-level parking and several retail floors with an abundance of shops and boutiques, including world brands, a Waitrose supermarket, a variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as a food court.

Also in the shopping center there are recreation and entertainment areas: a Vox cinema, a children's area with a game and educational rooms, a playground with trampolines, quest rooms and an entertainment center with slot machines.

You can go to the roof of the shopping center, where there are bars and a night club on the terrace. More about Nakheel Shopping Center…

From the Nakheel Mall you can walk to the elevators, which take guests to the upper floors of the Palm Tower skyscraper in 45 seconds.

The Palm Tower is: public 2-level 360-degree observation deck at 240 meters, infinity outdoor pool at 200 meters, restaurants and lounges with views, apartments and 5-star hotel The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm booking

More about the Palm Tower with objects…

Branches of the Palm Jumeirah

On the rest of the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah, going into the sea waters, there is a passing road.

Palm leaves (palm groves) spread out from the trunk in both directions, on which residential elite villas with direct access to the beaches and to the waters of the bay are mainly located.

Some of the villas can be rented for leisure. For example,

Fanciful 7BR Villa at Frond B Palm Jumeirah by Deluxe Holiday Homes with 5 bedrooms

LUX - The Ocean Pearl Villa with 4 bedrooms

High-End Family Palm Jumeirah Gem ~ Infinity Pool with 5 bedrooms

LUX The White Palm Villa with 5 bedrooms

Opulent 5BR Villa in Frond D Palm Jumeirah by Deluxe Holiday Homes with 5 bedrooms

A cult place on the “nose” (end) of the Palm Jumeirah trunk is the picturesque coastal The Pointe area.

Attention! The Point and the Palm Jumeirah Fountain are currently closed for renovations. We recommend checking the information before visiting.

Anyone can visit this area. The area is an open-air shopping and entertainment complex with views of the Persian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah.

In the complex there are: a one and a half kilometer promenade, an abundance of restaurants and cafes, shops, boutiques, souvenir shops and supermarkets, a shopping center and a cinema, places for recreation and walks, a maritime tour agency, gyms, a children's a playground, as well as a small square with slot machines, children's cars and a bus, a carousel and other entertainment.

There is a small sandy beach near the sea waters at the Point, with changing rooms, showers, sun umbrellas and water activities.

The beach is free. More about The Pointe…

The main element of The Pointe is The Palm Fountain, consisting of two parts located on both sides of the promenade.

The fountain is located in the open air, right in the waters of the Persian Gulf, and is capable of throwing out water jets to a height of up to 105 meters.

Every evening, when it gets dark, the fountain shows dancing light and music shows, during which the fountain jets are illuminated in different colors and "dance" to the music, creating compositions in which a lot of water jets then gracefully bend, then abruptly throw up. More about the fountain and the show with photos and videos…

Palm Jumeirah Crescent

Beyond the tip of the palm is the crescent of the archipelago, which is connected to the main palm by an underwater transport tunnel and a monorail passing over the sea waters.

In the crescent area there are large resort complexes, which, among other things, have beach clubs with restaurants, bars and outdoor pools.

The most famous is Anlantis Resort, which means Atlantis Dubai, which is the hallmark of the region and includes Atlantis The Palm Hotel, a beach with beach clubs, a promenade, restaurants and bars, a large Aquaventure water park with a dolphinarium, an aquarium, a diving center, an entertainment center, shops and a spa center.

In the resort, how to stay at hotel and use all resort services, including free admission to the aquarium and water park during your entire stay, and come for a day and for a fee, visit entertainment, including an aquarium, a water park with a dolphinarium , as well as the beach, restaurants, shops and spa center of the complex. More about the Atlantis complex…

The Atlantis complex is located next to its sister resort - Atlantis The Royal which is ultra luxurious 5-star resort.

At the hotel: swimming pools, including an outdoor infinity pool with sun loungers and cabanas, located on the 22nd floor level; restaurants and lounge bars, long private beach, beach clubs, wellness center, fountains, including the dancing musical Skyblaze Fountain, which puts on spectacular fire and water shows in the evenings.

Rooms, suites and branded penthouses of the hotel have balconies, spacious terraces and private pools.

The room rate includes access to the aquapark and the Atlantis Aquarium.

Room rates include: breakfast, breakfast + lunch or dinner. Link to the hotel booking

From other resorts with beaches, pools and restaurants on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah can be distinguished:

5-star resort hotel One&Only The Palm Dubai booking

5-star beach resort Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites - Ultra All Inclusive booking

5-star family resort Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah booking

5-star resort hotel Raffles The Palm booking

5-star resort hotel Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & SPA booking

5-star resort complex Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort booking

5-star resort hotel Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah booking

Also on the crescent, on the side of the open part of the bay (on the stone breakwater), there is a long Palm Jumeirah embankment (Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk).

The promenade is publicly accessible, has a length of 11 kilometers and a width of 6 meters. The embankment stretches along the entire crescent.

There are benches, palm trees, food trucks, refreshment stands, souvenir shops and parking spaces.

How to get to Palm Jumeirah

You can get to Palm Jumeirah at taxi, by car, Palm monorail, and alternatively free shuttle buses running from selected hotels and destinations in Dubai to Nahil Mall and Pointa.

The Palm Monorail is the only public transport plying the Palm Jumeirah and connects the island with the mainland. The monorail road runs over the central part of the entire island, including passes over the bay and ends at the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, near the Atlantis The Palm resort. Monorail stops, of which there are four on Palm Jumeirah, are found near the most iconic sights of the archipelago. Learn more about the monorail with a description of the route, stops, tickets…

You can also visit the Palm Jumeirah by taking a guided tour of Dubai on open-top hop-on hop-off buses with a multilingual audio guide. There are tours for 1, 2, 3 and 5 days, as well as a tour + dhow cruise and / or visits to some of the sights of Dubai. View and book tours you can go here →

Coordinates of Palm Jumeirah: 25°07'05.0"N 55°08'00.0"E (25.118056, 55.133333).

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