The Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. Even if you don’t know much about Dubai, you’ve probably heard of it or at the very least seen a photo of it. The Palm Jumeirah’s a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world.
What is it?
Technically, the Palm Jumeirah is an archipelago of man-made islands, which stretch out from the shore of Dubai. The biggest island is the one shaped like a palm tree, with 16 fronds that are home to luxury villas. The rest of the Palm Jumeirah’s islands surround the rest as a breakwater. It only took six years to build the Palm – construction of the islands began back in 2001, and the first people moved onto it in 2007.
The Palm Jumeirah was meant to be one of a series of man-made islands off the coast of the UAE. The Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira were intended to be much larger, but neither was finished. Another project was The World, a collection of islands in the shape of a map of the world, but work on The World is still ongoing.
Where can you stay?
The Palm Jumeirah is home to some of Dubai’s biggest and most luxurious hotels, including the Fairmont, the Kempinski, the Sofitel, and the Anantara. The Palm’s flagship hotel, though, is Atlantis The Palm. It was the first hotel to open on the islands and has pride of place right at the end of the Palm. The hotel is themed around Atlantis and also has a waterpark and an aquarium with over 65,000 marine animals.
You can live on the Palm Jumeirah, too – you don’t have to limit yourself to a holiday here. The trunk of the Palm is lined with apartment blocks and the tree’s 16 fronds are home to luxury villas and mansions. According to Bayut, the Palm is the most popular area in Dubai for buying villas. Part of that is probably due to the fact that every villa has its own private beach – nowhere else in Dubai can guarantee that.
What is there to do?
There’s a lot to do on the Palm, other than visit Atlantis’ waterpark. Many of the Palm’s hotels are home to gourmet restaurants such as Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen at the Atlantis The Palm, or Little Miss India at the Fairmont The Palm. On the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah, you can find an assortment of restaurants and bars, too.
If you’re looking to indulge in some retail therapy, then you’re in luck, because the Palm’s newest shopping mall, Nakheel Mall, opened at the end of 2019. It has more than 300 shops and restaurants, including Waitrose, American Eagle, and Bath & Body Works. The mall even has its own monorail station, so you can beat the traffic while traveling up and down the Palm.
The Palm Jumeirah is a sight to behold. There’s certainly nowhere else in the world like it, and it’s something that has to be seen to be believed.