The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a monorail running down the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s first artificial island.
The route is three miles long and runs from the Palm Gateway Station in Al Sufouh to Atlantis Aquaventure Station on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah.
At the time of writing (2022) five stations are open:
- The Palm Gateway Station – The first station on the line. Most passengers begin their journey here.
- Al Ittihad Park Station – Close to Al Ittihad Park, Golden Mile Galleria, Shoreline Apartments, and Palm West Beach.
- Nakheel Mall Station – Serves Nakheel Mall and the Palm Tower.
- The Pointe Station – Serves The Pointe and the Palm Fountain.
- Atlantis Aquaventure Station – Monorail station for Atlantis Dubai and Aquaventure waterpark.
The Pointe Station opened in October 2022.
The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is well-equipped to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for passengers. Each station is equipped with an air-conditioned waiting area, ticket office, information desk, and displays showing train times. There are also lifts and escalators to the platform, making it easy for passengers to access the trains.
The trains themselves are also air-conditioned and offer comfortable seating. The monorail system is clean and efficient, making it a convenient way to travel to attractions and places of interest on the Palm Jumeirah.
The Palm Gateway Station offers a covered car park. Monorail passengers receive 3 hours of free parking after validating their tickets.
There is no direct connection between the Dubai Metro and the Palm Jumeirah Monorail.
There is, however, a link with the Dubai Tram system via a footbridge between Palm Gateway Station and Palm Jumeirah Tram Station. The Dubai Tram network is connected to the Dubai Metro at two stations; Dubai Marina Tram Station and Jumeirah Lakes Towers Tram Station.
Tickets to ride the Palm Jumeirah Monorail are fairly expensive when compared to the cost of riding the Dubai Metro or the Dubai Tram.
A one-way ticket currently from Palm Gateway to Atlantis Aquaventure costs 20 AED. A return ticket costs 30 AED. Shorter journeys are half the price.
Children under 110 cm ride free. There are no other concessions.
Day passes allowing unlimited travel to and from all stations are also available. They cost 35 AED.
The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is owned by Nakheel and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). However, since October 2022, passengers can pay for monorail tickets using the balance on their Nol Cards.
Hours of operation are currently 9 am to 10 pm daily. The end-to-end journey takes around 10 minutes with departures every 15 minutes.
Times of the last trams from each station are displayed on signs at stations.