Dubai – The Palm Jumeriah

The Palm Jumeriah is one of the modern wonders of the World. Using cutting-edge land reclamation technology and a tenacity to do the crazy things, Dubai set out to make dry land along the Dubai coastline and in doing so, attracted the best talents of the world to come and contribute to the economy of this small emirate.

There are three parts of the Palm Jumeriah that are worth to spend some time at. Firstly, The View at the Palm, which is the highest point along the trunk of the palm. This would give you a 360˚ bird’s eye view of the palm. Then, there’s the Pointe which houses a grand mall and the world’s largest water fountain the Palm Fountain – yes, they dethroned the Burj Khalifa Lake Dubai Fountain in 2022. And finally, the Atlantis with its Aquaventure park, beaches, broadways and other attractions.

  1. About United Arab Emirates
  2. The View at The Palm
  3. The Exhibition at The View
  4. Palm Monorail
  5. Atlantic The Palm

About United Arab Emirates

Once a vast desert, the United Arab Emirates is now a country where you can find an ideal blend of the traditional and ultra-modern. With humble beginnings in camel rearing, pearl farming and fishing, the seven UAE emirates now offer an exciting mix of adventure, history, culture and fun for everyone. 

Brief history of Emirate of Dubai

Although a nation-state, all seven emirates in the UAE are ruled by different royal families in the UAE. Here’s a quick look at the ruling families and the current Emirs of the seven emirates of the UAE.

Abu DhabiAl NahyanHis Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
DubaiAl MaktoumHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
SharjahAl QasimiHis Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
AjmanAl NuaimiHis Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
Umm Al QuwainAl MuallaHis Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla
Ras Al KhaimahAl QasimiHis Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi
FujairahAl SharqiHis Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi
The seven emirates and their rulers

The View at The Palm

The View at The Palm has direct access to Nakheel Mall, a popular shopping centre with a great range of restaurants and entertainment.

Located high up on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower, The View at The Palm offers unbeatable 360˚ views of the Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Gulf and city skyline. Opened in April 2021, approximately 15 years after Palm Jumeirah opened, it’s 240m high, and is home to an exhibition that educates visitors on how the record-breaking manmade island was created. 

Palm Jumeriah from The View

The archipelago, or Palm Jumeirah Island, has been called the eighth wonder of the world. The uniqueness of the island is that it is created by human hands. Real estate in Palm Jumeirah traditionally attracts wealthy people who appreciate comfortable living conditions and high-quality services. 

The fronds with their million dollar bungalows

Each part of the archipelago has its own type of real estate: elite bungalows in Palm Jumeirah are located on the fronds, and residential apartment complexes are being built on the trunk. They are closed and allow its residents to lead a private lifestyle and yet enjoy all the benefits of modern civilisation.

On a clear day, you can see the other landmarks of Dubai from up here, including Burj Al Arab, the “7-stars” hotel and landmark that launched the Dubai’ ship sailing; Ain Dubai, the World’s tallest Ferris Wheel; Jumeriah Beach and Mall of the Emirates, the first purpose-built tourist destinations in the Emirates.

An apartment along the trunk was priced starting at $220,000, while a bungalow would easily set you poorer by $2M (but it came with a 10-year residency visa to the UAE). I can only set back and dream this kind of high-roller lifestyle and wonder why would I want to stay in a place where everything is expensive.

The Exhibition at The View

After you walk through a LED covered walkway and before taking the elevator to the top of The View, there’s a small exhibition about The Palm Jumeriah, how it came about and how it was built. The whole exhibition will take about 10 minutes to walk through, and is more like a buffer zone before getting into the elevator.

The Palm Jumeriah was made possible the vision of one man Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; he is the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Minister of Defence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as the ruler of Dubai.

This engineering marvel is synonymous with Dubai’s efforts to consistently evolve and make dreams come true. Built from reclaimed land in a series of artificial archipelagos, Palm Jumeirah is shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above. 

Construction of The Palm Jumeirah Dubai island began in June 2001 and the developers announced handover of the first residential units in 2006.

What keeps it all in place is this 11-kilometer breakwater crescent, lined with five-star hotels, this protective halo has two openings side that allows the famously clear blue waters to flow with the tide.

Access is easy with The Palm, with a network of roads, tunnels and public transport options such as the Palm Monorail.

Palm Monorail

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail, 5.4-kilometre-long (3.4 mi) monorail connecting the Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway Towers at the foot of the island. The monorail service includes a free car park at the base of the Palm and offers stops at Atlantis Hotel, The Pointe and Nakheel Mall. You can buy a one way ticket, or a whole day return ticket that allow you to stop at all the stops along the way.

The monorail is good to move around the attractions, but not advisable to get to The Palm using public transport as Gateway was not connected to any nearby metro stations and you do want to walk in the desert sun. Plus there was a lot of touts at the Gateway charging exorbitant fares. Download the Uber app to be safe.

Atlantic The Palm

Nestled between the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and the majestic Dubai skyline, Atlantis, The Palm is the crown of the world-famous Palm Island in Dubai.

Atlantis, The Palm

Standing proud at the top of the Palm, the rose-hued Atlantis is one of Dubai’s most recognizable landmarks. It’s home to a five-star hotel, celebrity chef restaurants, and a pulse-racing selection of entertainment and leisure options.

The marine theme resort transports you to the legendary Atlantis. Everywhere you go, you can see glimpse of marine life on the wall, along the beams, across the ceilings, making one feel as if one has walked into a Disney theme park for The Little Mermaid. Yes, only an 8-year-old will feel excited by all these.

However, the five-star hotel also has seven ceiling murals by Evans & Brown, a decorative painting studio based in San Francisco, California, and a glass sculpture by Chihuly at the main lobby. These works of decorative art would not be out of place in the best galleries of the world.

The stunning 11-million-litre aquarium called Ambassador Lagoon is home to an incredible array of sharks, rays and colourful fish. This end is only accessible by hotel guests, while the other side is open only to ticket holders to the Lost Chambers of Atlantis aquarium.

And further down the stretch is the new Atlantis, The Royal. Spread across six towers, the ultra-luxury resort will offer 795-rooms, 17-celebrity run restaurants and bars, and the world’s largest jellyfish aquarium when it opens to guests in 2023. Sandwiched between the two Atlantis hotel is the world’s largest waterpark, Aquaventure Waterpark.

The Beach Broadwalk along the crescent

And finally there’s the Broadwalk along the crescent of the Palm. You can walk from one end to the other only to be stopped by the two openings along the crescent to allow the Arabian Sea to bring its fresh seawater into the canals along along the fronds of the Palm.

Visited Nov 2022

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