Location: Off the coastal area of Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
Description: Man-made island community of luxury villas and stylish apartments
Good for: Beach lovers, expat professionals
Details: One of the most famous addresses for luxury beachside living, the Palm Jumeirah is a fabulous location to own or rent a property. Shaped like a date palm and stretching 5km out into the sparkling Arabian Gulf, this manmade island astonished the world when it was officially launched by Nakheel back in 2006. The Palm is divided into distinct sections – the 2km long trunk, a crown of 17 fronds, and a large crescent that reaches almost back to the main shore.
The area is home to 4,000 spectacular villas and a range of luxurious residential apartment towers. For the lucky residents, there is an ever-increasing number of 5-star hotels and resorts on the island where guests can enjoy brunches, beach clubs, fine dining restaurants, and relaxing bars and cafes. Hotels that are particularly popular include: Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Fairmont The Palm, One & Only The Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Zaray, and RIXOS The Palm. And at the very end of the trunk is the iconic Atlantis The Palm Dubai, a massive resort that boasts a waterpark, a huge aquarium, a range of great restaurants, as well as the chic Nasimi Beach.
The quality of the homes on the Palm Jumeirah is well known, with a notable extra selling point being the private beach clubs conveniently located next to the shoreline apartments. Each beach club features a pristine stretch of sand, a unique restaurant, a gymnasium, and other sophisticated facilities. The whole island is serviced by taxis, but for added convenience there is also a monorail which runs along the trunk of the Palm. This connects the Gateway station at the Palm’s entry to the Atlantis hotel at the far end. The monorail is not yet linked to the Dubai Metro, but there are plans to link it at the Dubai Internet City station on Sheikh Zayed Road. However, it is linked to the Dubai tram system via a walkway at Palm Gateway.
Interesting fact: The whole island is protected by an 11km crescent-shaped breakwater which was the first section of the Palm to be built. It protects the inner island from the seasonal ‘shamal’ winds that blow across the region from Iraq, while also protecting it from any strong sea currents.