Your guide to living in Palm Jumeirah

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Palm Jumeirah is a world-famous manmade archipelago in the shape of a palm tree, and the world’s largest man-made island, has 4,000 luxury apartments and villas, a range of contemporary hotels, restaurants and some of the Dubai’s most famous views. 



It’s also home to the iconic Atlantis Hotel. Visitors come to the Palm for its beauty but stay for its plethora of lifestyle and residential attractions that range from waterfront apartments to expansive Palm Jumeirah villas and mansions with their own private beach. Think of it as a picturesque town with pristine homes and green space.


With residential fronds branching out from a thick trunk and a crescent embankment that crowns the island on three sides. It’s known the world over for its unique design, beachfront living, and unrivalled first-class facilities. Palm Jumeirah is a beautiful place to live and the private beaches and premier facilities make you feel like you’re living in a holiday resort. Some areas like Shoreline have amenities close by, including grocery stores and restaurants. If you live on the far side of the island, such amenities are a short drive away rather than within walking distance. Palm Jumeirah is renowned for its amazing five-star hotels and fine dining, especially at One & Only, located on the western side of Crescent Road. Next door, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is another great option, with an infinity pool, palatial spa and restaurants. Of course, there’s Atlantis The Palm at the head of the trunk, which is a world-famous resort and a favourite with families. Here, they can enjoy fun days out at Aquaventure waterpark, The Lost Chambers aquarium and swimming with dolphins, plus many premier restaurants, including Nobu. On the east side of Crescent Road, you’ll find Sofitels’ luxury apartments and hotel resort, and Anantara’s resort and spa, which claims to have the best spa facilities in the city.



Your living options


Due to its status as an iconic and exclusive residential island, most of the developments are built with great quality finishes and facilities, including state-of- the-art gyms, swimming pools and lazy rivers plus access to spas, beaches and fine dining at nearby hotels. The trunk is home to apartment towers, low-rise buildings and hotel apartments while the fronds cater to exclusive villas with private beaches. Two notable residences on the trunk are the Oceana and Tiara Residences, boasting high-quality, spacious apartments with good views, great restaurants, excellent gyms, a lazy river around each complex, infinity pools and a private beach. You’ll find one, two, and three bedroom apartments plus four bedroom penthouses that initially sold shell and core. Shoreline Apartments was one of the first buildings to hand over on The Palm by Nakheel. While the quality is quite basic, the properties are spacious, between 800 sq. ft. up to 1,200 sq. ft., and residents have access to a private beach. You’ll find between one and three bedrooms, plus four bedroom penthouses. Fairmont The Palm is another popular choice where residents can take advantage of the hotel, three swimming pools and a stunning stretch of beach. The homes on The Palm’s fronds are the only villas in Dubai with private beaches. The further along the frond you live, the higher the sale price is because the expanse of sea – and therefore greater privacy. There are over 150 villas on each frond and there are two types of property, Garden Homes and Signature Villas, with between four and six bedrooms. Homeowners can extend and remodel the Signature Villas, which gives them a degree of freedom and diversity. On Frond N, homeowners have the opportunity to buy a plot and build a villa according to their own design, within reason.



Best For


Families favour the large villas while singles and couples prefer the apartments. The Palm used to attract a lot of investors but now end users also have quite a high market share. While only the wealthy can afford to buy here, rental prices are affordable for those earning in the middle-income brackets, especially in Shoreline Apartments.



Getting Around


Driving around Palm Jumeirah is easy, with ample signposts and directions to the fronds branching out from the trunk. There are good public transport links on The Palm, including bus routes, water taxis and Palm Monorail, which runs the length of the trunk and stops at Atlantis Hotel. It is not currently linked to Dubai Metro on the mainland although there are plans to connect to Dubai Internet City Metro station in the future. While vacant RTA taxis can be hard to find at times, many private taxis are present at the hotels, spas and beach resorts. Water taxis are a quick way to access the fronds and Crescent, and routes include Al Sufouh Road to Sofitel Dubai, or Dubai Marina to the One & Only Resort.


Nearby Landmarks: Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence


Nearest Metro Stations: Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the Palm Monorail at Palm Jumeirah station


Nearest Tram Stations: Jumeirah Palm, Media City and Al Sufouh


Nearest Tram Stations: Jumeirah Palm, Media City and Al Sufouh


You’ll love: The experience called Palm Jumeirah, living on the eighth wonder of the world, the stellar views, sprawling apartments, gorgeous mansions, the beach at your doorstep, stroll along the boulevard, stunning views, resort-style amenities, the 5.4-kilometre long monorail connecting the Atlantis Hotel, bespoke island living, ease of connectivity to business hotspots such as Dubai Media City and Dubai Marina, residential, retail and leisure amenities within the self-contained community and world-class hotels just steps away from home.



Best pick for: Singles, Couples and Families


Developed out of reclaimed land and close to Dubai Marina, urban grandeur and breath-taking coastlines collide in the glitzy neighbourhood of Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island. Complete with stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, mesmerising vistas, the iconic Atlantis Hotel, chic clubs, signature restaurants, uber luxury apartments and swanky large villas, the palm-shaped island comprises the Trunk, Crescent and the Fronds and features some of the most exclusive real estate in Dubai. While the truck houses low-rose apartments, the sixteen fronds are home to splendid villas. Most clusters have club houses, which include a pool, children’s playground, gymnasiums, restaurants, supermarkets and other conveniences.


The Golden Mile and Shoreline developments located at the trunk offer luxurious apartments whilst Tiara, Oceana and Marina Residences are high-rise communities offering one to four-bedroom homes. The frond villas range from mid-sized family homes to opulent mansions with their own private beach. Families love the Palm for its traffic-free lifestyle, beach, children’s play areas and safe environment.





Close to Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, the Palm is just a short drive away from major shopping malls and luxe retail experiences, such as the Mall of the Emirates.



Eating Out


From lunching at one of the many beach clubs from Nassimi Beach to the Rixos to having dinner at world famous restaurants including Nobu and Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen, residents do not need to leave the neighbourhood to discover exclusive culinary experiences.





The world-famous Atlantis hotel houses a range of entertainment options including, Aquaventure, a 42-acre water park and a thrill-seekers' paradise, the chance to swim with dolphins and much more. Plentiful luxury hotels also provide a range of entertainment from luxury spas to pristine beaches and buzzing nightlife. The Palm Jumeirah also has its own Monorail that is a major tourist attraction.


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