Shaped like a palm tree, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island off the coast of Dubai. It measures 3 miles long by 3 miles wide and consists of a trunk with 17 fronds (leaves), surrounded by a huge, circular crescent.
The Palm Jumeirah was the first of 3 Palm Islands planned by developers Nakheel. However, the 2008 financial crisis resulted in development of the Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali being put on hold.
The Trunk – Shoreline Apartments and the Golden Mile
The trunk is connected to the Al Sufouh area of Dubai by a 6-lane bridge and monorail.
The Golden Mile runs the length of western side of the trunk. It consists of 10 buildings with over 800 apartments. To its east are the Shoreline Apartments, comprising 2 rows of apartment buildings (10 in each row).
The Fairmont The Palm hotel will also be here and will offer almost 400 rooms. It is scheduled to open towards the end of 2012.
The Marina Residences are located at the tip of the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah and consist of 6 luxury residential towers, each with direct access to an exclusive marina.
The 60-storey Trump International Hotel and Tower, planned to be the centrepiece of the trunk, was officially cancelled in 2011.
Other developments on the trunk include the Tiara Residence (over 600 apartments) the Oceana (a 7-building beachfront community).
The Fronds – Villas
The fronds of the Palm Jumeirah are residential areas. All villas sold off-plan. The keys to the first homes were handed over in 2007.
The Crescent – Hotels
The crescent is home to most of the hotels on the Palm Jumeirah and also acts as a breakwater. It is connected to the trunk by a tunnel.
There were originally plans for more than thirty 5-star hotels on the crescent. Atlantis opened in 2008 but the financial crisis that began to bite around that time led to many of the other hotel projects being cancelled or put on hold.
Recent years have seen things begin to pick up again. One & Only The Palm opened in 2010, the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Kempinski in 2011, and the Rixos in 2012.
Hotels due to open include the Movenpick Oceana and the Habtoor Island Resort.
Atlantis offers a number of attractions for both guests and non-residents. Aquaventure is a large water park with a number of exciting slides and rides while Dolphin Bay offers visitors the chance to swim and interact with dolphins.
The monorail runs from the Gateway Towers station in Al Sufouh to the Atlantis hotel on the crescent.
Map of the Palm Jumeirah
Interactive map of the Palm Jumeirah..