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The Palm Jumeirah | All you need to know

What is The Palm Jumeirah?

The Palm Jumeirah is the world’s biggest artificial island. It has a palm shape and spans 5,6 square kilometers along Dubai’s coastline. The construction of the Palm Jumeirah began in 2001. The work was carried out by the Arab company Nakheel. Five years later, at the end of 2006, the construction was almost completed. For various reasons, the end of the creation of the island was delayed a few times. Finally, the construction was finished a couple of years later.

The total area of Palm Jumeirah is 5.6 square kilometers

The Palm Jumeirah has a lot of restaurants, bars, private villas, nightclubs, beaches, and even a huge water park. There are also many luxury hotels and resorts. The most famous of them is probably Atlantis The Palm Hotel. Hotels and private apartments located on the island offer stunning views of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s coastline.

You can have a drink in one of the numerous local bars, such as bar Breeze, The Tap House or Simply Italian. Enjoy delicious dinner in one of the restaurants with amazing views: try Arabian cuisine in Abyat, seafood in Ibn AlBahr or visit more exotic Ethiopian restaurant.

Besides the bars and restaurants, there are many other attractions and things to do in Palm Jumeirah. On this artificial archipelago, you can try water sports, take a helicopter flight or simply relax on the beach or by the pool.

What to do on The Palm Jumeirah?

Water Sports

Dubai is one of the best destinations to try different kinds of water sports. Discover parasailing, paddleboard, jet ski, wakeboarding, speed boat ride or kitesurfing. Experience new sensations with an amazing flyboard activity just in front of the famous Burj Al Arab.

Helicopter tour

Take a 12, 15, or 25-minute flight, high above Dubai. From a bird's eye view, you will see the most important sights of the city. Enjoy wonderful views of the island, Atlantis The Palm and Burj Khalifa. Indeed, exploring Dubai from the sky will not only provide you with the best views but also be a great travel experience while visiting the city.


Ones of the most significant attractions of the island of Jumeirah are the Lost Chambers Aquarium with exotic marine life and the Aquaventure Water Park. This is one of the largest water parks in the entire Middle East. It occupies 17 hectares of land, and over 18,000,000 liters of water is used for rides.

You can visit the Aquaventure water park on any day of the week. Opening hours depend on the time of the year and usually, it is open from 10 am to the sunset. For children under 2 years old and all those who live in the hotel «Atlantis» the entrance ticket is free. The rest of the visitors will have to pay from 200 to 250 dirhams for one day of stay. A one-day ticket that allows you to visit both the water park and the Lost Chambers aquarium will cost 240-300 dirhams, depending on age.

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Beaches and Pools

Beaches Palm Jumeirah is a complex of beaches located on the artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah. Usually, these white-sand beaches are located in the territories of villas or hotels and you can’t go to them for free. Most of the island’s beaches either require admission fees or are reserved only for hotel residents. One of the few free beaches is Shoreline. It is located in a residence with private apartments called Shoreline. Here you can enjoy the clear water, soft sand and relax under a beach umbrella.


Wavehouse is a perfect place for families with children. There are also bars, restaurants, a bowling alley, a game zone and a wave machine where you can try surfing.

Best hotels of The Palm Jumeirah

Dubai is the world capital of records: there is always everything the best, the most beautiful, impressive and biggest in the world. Also, some of the most luxurious and expensive hotels are situated in this city. In spite of this, in Dubai, you can still find budget places to stay affordable for any wallet. Dubai's most luxurious resorts, including Atlantis The Palm, are Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and the One&Only The Palm.

Atlantis the Palm Dubai hotel

Here are some popular hotels in Dubai (according to the rating of a popular service

  • Aloft Palm Jumeirah
  • Royal Central Hotel The Palm
  • Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
  • W Dubai - The Palm
  • One&Only The Palm Dubai

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