Carmaker Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” Ford’s self-confidence could easily be applied to the developers of the Palm Jumeirah.
Disparaged by the global media as a symbol of Dubai’s excess following the 2008 financial crash, there was a deluge of detractors. Yet, Dubai authorities believed they were right. The Palm subsequently prospered and it is now where you’ll find some of the most prestigious and valuable property in Dubai.
Visible from space, the Palm is also the world’s largest manmade island – an engineering marvel. More than 94 million cubic metres of sand were used in its construction and the development added over 40 miles of coastline to Dubai. It is also home to numerous five-star hotels, with stunning restaurants and lively nightspots. Perhaps the ultimate Palm experience is to own a villa complete with a pool and its own private beach. Life doesn’t get much better than that, if you can afford it.
Residents Love The outdoor, beach lifestyle and world-class selection of dining options.
Residents Dislike The traffic, road infrastructure and seemingly constant construction.
The Palm is accessible from Al Sufouh road (now called King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street). Al Sufouh road runs parallel to Dubai’s main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road.
The Palm has a monorail, which starts at the trunk of the development and travels to Atlantis the Palm hotel at the far end (with two stops on the way). Although the monorail is not linked to the Dubai Metro, it’s possible to take the Dubai Tram from the metro to the Palm. There is also a regular bus service to and from the Palm.
With a vast lazy river and its famous Leap of Faith waterslide, where you’ll plummet 27.5m down a near vertical slide before being shot through a shark tank, Aquaventure waterpark is justifiably considered one of the best in the UAE. Located at the iconic Atlantis hotel, the park also features dolphin experiences and a vast private beach.
Atlantis is also home to Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, as well as Nobu – the Japanese restaurant brand that’s a celebrity favourite. In fact, the Palm boasts a number of world-class restaurants, including Social by Heinz Beck at the Waldorf Astoria and Imperium at the palatial Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel.
There are also a number of casual eating out options, such as Aussie beach-themed bar Bidi Bondi and British gastropub, Barrel 12. Once the sun sets, you can enjoy an eclectic mix of live music at the Dubai branch of Beirut institution, MusicHall or dance to electronic beats at the alfresco beachside nightspot, Eden.
It’s not all fine dining and night clubbing on the Palm though. With cycle hire available, children’s play areas and a wealth of water sports on hand in beach clubs and at hotels, the Palm is also ideal for outdoorsy types.
The Palm is just a short taxi ride from Madinat Jumeirah, where you can enjoy a theatre, over 40 restaurants and a number of stores in an environment that’s designed to resemble a traditional Arabian souk.
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