Known to be one of the most amazing feats of engineering, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is one of the best vacation spots for locals and foreigners alike. It is a man-made archipelago in the Arabian Gulf that is shaped like a palm tree with a long trunk and a fan of fronds lined with luxury homes and elegant hotels. There’s also a myriad of water parks, zoos, beach clubs, and bars around the place. If you are planning to visit and explore the islands real soon, here is a comprehensive guide to Palm Jumeirah to help you get around the archipelago.
There are certainly a lot of things for you to do when you are in Palm Jumeirah. In fact, you already have something exciting to do as soon as you step onto the island.
Atlantis, the Palm
Strategically located right at the heart of the Palm, Atlantis is known to be one of the most popular landmarks in Dubai. There’s a five-star hotel, restaurants with celebrity chefs, and exciting entertainment and leisure options. You will surely have fun in the water by riding one of the breathtaking waterslides at Aquaventure Waterpark, swimming in the private pools, or just sitting back and suntanning on the private beach.
Skydiving over Palm Jumeirah
Challenge yourself and feel the adrenaline rush by jumping out of a plane over Palm Jumeirah. Experience skydiving with Skydive Dubai. They offer skydives at the Palm Dropzone, where you can drop down as fast as 120 mph (193.12 kph) while getting a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful Palm, Dubai Marina, and the Arabian Gulf.
Join a luxury boat cruise
See the amazing skyline of Dubai on board a luxury boat cruise that can accommodate up to 10 people. The tour will cover all of the major attractions in the city, including Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. Rest assured that all you have to do is sit back, relax, and admire the beauty of Dubai. There will also be a recorded guide available for you to learn more about these places of interest.
Dubai: Marina Private Boat Tour & Palm Jumeirah Sightseeing
Duration: 1 hour
What to eat
Nobu is known to be one of the top fine dining restaurants in Palm Jumeirah. Located in the luxurious Atlantis the Palm Hotel, this restaurant is known for serving some of the world’s best Japanese and South American fusion dishes. What makes dining here even more elegant is their exquisite decor and ambiance combined with sophisticated music.
101 Dining Lounge and Bar
If you want to experience dining al fresco style, then 101 Dining Lounge and Bar is the perfect place for you. Offering spectacular views of Dubai, this is also among the best restaurants in Palm Jumeirah. You get to taste their amazing dinner courses while getting a stunning view of the city during night time.
Things to buy
You will surely not leave Palm Jumeirah without taking home some souvenirs. You might also want to try some of the best local treats available. Here are a few things you should consider buying:
Palm Jumeirah is often connected with the lavishness of life in Dubai. There’s no other thing that symbolizes luxury and elegance better than jewelry, and this place doesn’t run out of that. Gold jewelry is known to be the ultimate souvenir from Dubai, and it is widely available in the city.
Another association with Middle Eastern culture is the date fruit. It is one of the stars during the holy month of Ramadan, and it is usually given as a present to eat after fasting. The best place to buy dates is at Bateel, a local chain store where you can find at least 20 quality kinds of dates.
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Check the Islamic Calendar
The Islamic calendar has a lot of holidays, especially religious ones. Make sure that your proposed travel dates don’t coincide with their holidays, as a lot of restaurants and establishments may be closed during those times.
Buy a Nol card
Make sure to have a Nol card for a seamless commuting experience while you are in Dubai. They can’t be used in Palm Jumeirah but it can be useful if you are staying in the mainland. For tourists, you may want to use the red ticket - it is valid for 90 days from the date of purchase and can be used for up to 10 journeys. However, if you commute frequently around Dubai, then you might want to get the silver or gold Nol cards. They can be topped up online or through ticket machines in metro or tram stations.
How to get there
Rent a Car
Renting a car and driving is the best way to get to Palm Jumeirah. From Sheikh Zayed Road, take the exit 34 towards Nakhlat Jumeira Street and Palm Jumeirah is just straight ahead.
You can always take a taxi to get to Palm Jumeirah. You can also book a ride through Uber or Careem.
The main mode of public transportation in Palm Jumeirah is the monorail. It connects Palm Jumeirah to mainland Dubai and Atlantis Hotel to the gateway station. It also gives you a great view of the manmade archipelago. There are three stations that service the Palm monorail: Al Ittihad Park Station near the Shoreline Apartments, Atlantis Aquaventure Station, and the Palm Gateway Station. Two more stations are scheduled to open at Nakheel Mall and The Pointe. Tickets are sold at AED 20 (USD 5.45) for a one-way journey, while a two-way trip ticket costs AED 30 (USD 8.17). Those under 110 cm (3.60 feet) can ride free of charge. Do note that you cannot use your Nol card to pay for Palm Monorail tickets.
Palm Jumeirah information
Address: Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Palm Jumeirah
Department of tourism: Visit Dubai - Palm Jumeirah
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