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.
Hotels and places to stay in and around this area include Fairmont The Palm, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Arjaan Dubai By Rotana, One&Only Royal Mirage, Royal Club, Sofitel Dubai Palm Apartments, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, and Atlantis The Palm.
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 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.
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.