Dubai is famous for its soaring skyline – and that’s not the only feat of engineering to capture the world’s imagination. Built from reclaimed land in a series of artificial archipelagos, Palm Jumeirah is shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above.
The Palm Jumeirah is an archipelago of artificial islands on the Gulf in Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is part of a larger series of developments called the Palm Islands, including Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, which, if completed, will together increase Dubai's shoreline by a total of 520 kilometers (320 mi). It has an estimated population of at least 10,000 as of 2017.
The unique island is home to some of Dubai's top luxury resorts, including Atlantis, The Palm, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, One & Only The Palm and many more.
There are fantastic fine dining options, such as Nobu and 101 Dining Lounge, and more than 80 restaurants, lounges and other attractions at The Pointe, located along a scenic promenade at the tip of The Palm.
Trunk, spine, fronds, and crescent are the names by which the principal sectors of Palm Jumeirah are known. The broad trunk, connected to the mainland by a bridge, serves as the entrance to the development.
Apartments, retail facilities, and a few hotels are situated on the trunk. Closely spaced villas line the long fronds, while most of the hotels and resorts are located on the crescent. In the second decade of the 21st century, at least 10,000 people lived in Palm Jumeirah; some estimates were much higher.
The islands were created using land reclamation. The construction was done as a joint venture by two Dutch specialist companies, Van Oord and Boskalis.
The same companies also created The World. The recently opened destinations The Pointe, Club Vista Mare and Nakheel Mall are the latest additions to Palm Jumeirah.
The developer of Palm Jumeirah was Nakheel, a real estate company now owned by the government of Dubai. The master plan was drawn up by Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock, an American architectural firm.
The islets were made mostly from sand dredged from the floor of the Gulf, but the side of the crescent that is exposed to the open sea was shored up with stones and boulders from the mainland. Work started in 2001, and land and basic infrastructure were in place by 2004. Construction of the buildings began in 2006, and the first residents arrived in 2007.
In the summer seasons, jellyfish frequent the beaches surrounding the Palm. In early 2020, due to the reduction of human activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in wildlife, such as dolphins, around The Palm Jumeirah was observed.
The outer breakwater was designed as a continuous barrier, but by preventing natural tidal movement, the seawater within the Palm became stagnant. The breakwater was subsequently modified to create gaps on either side, allowing tidal movement to oxygenate the water within and prevent it from stagnating, albeit less efficiently than would be the case if the breakwater did not exist.
Location and Transport
Access is easy, with a network of roads, tunnels and public transport options such as the Palm Monorail. The rail service includes a free car park at the base of the Palm and offers stops at Atlantis, The Palm and Nakheel Mall.
Sailing around Palm Jumeirah in a yacht or speedboat is a popular option, with many private touring companies to choose from. Alternatively, you can admire the boats from Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk or the vibrant Palm West Beach, while thrill-seekers can also take to the skies with Skydive Dubai.
Some projects located in Palm Jumeirah
Developers in Palm Jumeirah
Can you swim on Palm Jumeirah?
Yes, you can swim on Palm Jumeirah. There are many hotels and private venues that offer beach access and swimming pools. If you are not a hotel guest, there will be a variety of offers and day passes available.
Can you walk around Palm Jumeirah?
Yes, visitors can walk around Palm Jumeirah island. The Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk provides a walkway along the outer coastline, behind Atlantis, The Palm, and is built over the rocks of the Palm's breakwater. You can also walk around The Pointe, which has a huge range of shops and restaurants.
How can I see Palm Jumeirah?
You can visit The View at The Palm for great views of the island. The wide range of hotel attractions, shopping areas and the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk are all open to the public. The Pointe is also a very popular dining and leisure area, with The Palm Fountain show taking place daily.
Is Palm Jumeirah a good place to live?
With access to great restaurants, shopping venues and hotel facilities, Palm Jumeirah is one of the best places to live in Dubai. As well as being a unique man-made island, it offers residents and visitors everything they need, with great access to the rest of the city.
Is Palm Jumeirah open to the public?
The Palm Jumeirah can be accessed at any time with no entry fee. Think of it as a regular Dubai neighborhood, with a unique shape and history. All of the hotels, shopping facilities, restaurants and attractions will have their own opening times.