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Places to visit and things to do in Palm Jumeirah

Top attractions and hidden gems in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's iconic man-made island. Stunning beaches and unique experiences in this destination.

01 07 2024

Palm Jumeirah – a stunning man-made archipelago and one of the most exclusive destinations for luxury living and leisure in the UAE. In this article, we showcase the hottest spots and must-visit places to ensure an unforgettable experience.

How to reach the island in Dubai? 


The most popular way to reach the island from the mainland is via the Palm Jumeirah Monorail. This driverless train offers panoramic views of the iconic Palm through its large windows. The journey begins at the mainland's Palm Gateway Station, which boasts 1,600 parking spaces, allowing you to park your car and head to the island for the entire day.

The next stop is Al Ittihad Park. Alight here to admire exotic plants or take a leisurely stroll through the green spaces. This station also provides access to the Galleria Golden Mile shopping center, featuring boutiques of global brands, or the picturesque Palm West Beach.

Next, you arrive at Nakheel Mall station. This stop connects to Nakheel Mall, where you can catch the latest movies, shop, buy fresh groceries, or enjoy a delicious meal. From Nakheel Mall station, you can also access The View at the Palm observation deck and the St. Regis Dubai hotel.

The final stop is Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. This station is located right at the entrance of the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. Here, you can visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium or marvel at the marine life in the Dolphin Bay.

The monorail departs every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $5,5 for a one-way trip and $8 for a round trip.


The T1 tram line stretches through the coastal area of Dubai Marina and extends into the mainland part of the Jumeirah district. To get to the Palm, alight at the Palm Jumeirah1 stop. From there, it's a 7-minute walk to the pedestrian bridge leading to the monorail station.

The tram runs every 12 minutes, with tickets priced at $1,5.


Reaching the island directly by metro isn't possible. The closest station to the Palm is Dubai Internet City on the Red Line, from where you can take a taxi or purchase a monorail ticket. Alternatively, if you reach Dubai Marina Metro Station or DMCC Metro Station, you can transfer to the T1 tram. The route would be: Dubai Marina Metro Station or DMCC Metro Station, T1 tram line to the Palm Jumeirah1 stop, and then the monorail.

Trains run every 4 minutes, and tickets cost $2.

Attractions of Palm Jumeirah  

Lost Chambers Aquarium  

Located at Atlantis the Palm, the Lost Chambers Aquariumis designed as a series of pavilions and tunnels inspired by the mythical island of Atlantis. Bring your children to experience an underwater fairy tale where sharks, piranhas, stingrays, lobsters, and octopuses swim among the ruins of an ancient city and shipwrecks. The aquarium also features a touch tank where you can pet and feed some marine creatures under the guidance of an instructor.

Ticket price: from $30. Free entry for Atlantis The Palm hotel guests.

The flat in the residential project One Palm

Aquaventure Waterpark

The world's largest waterpark boasts 105 slides of varying heights. The highlight is the transparent 30-meter Leap of Faith tube that passes through waters teeming with sharks and rays. At Aquaventure, you can relax on the beach, take a water cruise along the river, jump off a cliff, splash in the swimming pool, or catch waves in the surfing area. For those looking to learn something new, there is also a water sports training center.

Ticket price: from $80. Free entry for Atlantis The Palm hotel guests.

Dolphin Bay  

Situated within Aquaventure Waterpark, Dolphin Bay allows both hotel guests and tourists to swim with dolphins. The session lasts about half an hour, during which you can play and swim in shallow water with the dolphins under the supervision of an instructor. You'll be provided with equipment and a briefing beforehand. Visitors to Dolphin Bay can also observe marine life in the deepwater section of the lagoon.

Ticket price: from $185.

Nakheel Mall  

This expansive shopping and entertainment center features multi-level parking and several floors of attractions. Nakheel Mall offers 300 stores, the MODO department store, Waitrose supermarket, Trampo Extreme trampoline park, escape rooms, an arcade, the indoor playground Fabyland, and a 14-screen Vox Cinemas. Visit The Eatery food court with your family for a hearty meal, and for those looking to unwind with a drink, there’s a bar and nightclub on the rooftop.

The View at the Palm  

Located on the 52nd floor of the Palm Tower, at a height of 240 meters, this observation deck provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's glittering skyscrapers, and the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy a delicious coffee at the cozy cafe, marvel at marine life in the interactive aquarium, and learn more about the history of this man-made island at the exhibit.

Ticket price: from $18. Free entry for children under 4.

Burj Al Arab  

This iconic sail-shaped hotel is one of Dubai's most recognizable landmarks. Situated at Umm Suqeim 3, near the Palm, Burj Al Arab offers a poolside bar SAL with panoramic views, the aquarium restaurant Ristorante L'Olivo at Al Mahara, Rolls-Royce transfers, and a helipad. The 10,000 m² Burj Al Arab Terrace features sunbathing and swimming areas seamlessly blending into the Arabian Gulf.

Room rates: from $1,230 per night.

Madinat Jumeirah Souk  

Located on King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street 2/1, just a 10-minute drive from the island, Madinat Jumeirah Souk immerses you in the unique atmosphere of the Middle East. The market offers perfumes, rare spices, luxurious fabrics, and handcrafted souvenirs. There are 25 shops, galleries, and restaurants with views of the island’s waters. The Theatre of Digital Art hosts immersive installations and multimedia exhibitions of famous artworks. Jazz musicians perform in the evenings.

Al Ittihad Park  

This lush palm park stretches for 1,5 kilometers along the trunk of Palm Jumeirah. Featuring vibrant trees and flowers, it's an ideal spot for picnics, jogging, or leisurely strolls along the running and walking paths. Relax in the shaded areas and cool off with the spray from the fountains. Nearby is the Golden Mile Galleria shopping center.

Where to stay and dine on the Island  

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa The Palm  

At this luxurious resort, choose from 325 rooms, each featuring a terrace and minibar. Room service is available 24/7. The hotel offers a bar, private beach, outdoor swimming pool, gym, and tennis court. You can also exchange currency and rent a car at the reception for a comfortable exploration of the island. Dine at one of the 7 on-site restaurants, bars, and lounges serving international, British, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisine. For relaxation, head to the sauna while your children enjoy supervised fun in the kids' playroom.

Price: from $260 per night.

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa  

This sprawling resort includes 546 rooms, villas, and apartments. Enjoy 12 restaurants, a private beach, and 6 swimming pools, with the Amura kids' club for the little ones. Each room features a TV, minibar, and Bose sound system. Sample global cuisines: juicy steaks and smoky grilled dishes at Porterhouse's Steaks & Grill, tropical cocktails at Maui beach bar, and fresh seafood at Moana. Indulge in the Sofitel spa’s 28 treatment rooms, seawater swimming pool, sauna, and Polynesian beauty treatments. For active pursuits, visit the Sofitel FITNESS club or the marina with boats and a tennis court.

Price: from $240 per night.

Three residential skyscrapers Palm Beach Towers

Hakkasan Asian Cuisine Restaurant

Awarded a Michelin star, Hakkasan offers classic Chinese dishes with a modern twist. The interiors are adorned with genuine carved oak and plush jade-toned furniture. Each table is surrounded by lush greenery, and the lounge features obsidian and gold accents. Savor black pepper ribeye and succulent dim sum, with separate menus for vegetarians and rare alcohol enthusiasts. For private family dinners, book a VIP room.

Average check: $180.

Ossiano Underwater Restaurant  

For light Mediterranean cuisine or seafood, visit Ossiano. Enjoy live music as the underwater world unfolds before your eyes, thanks to a massive aquarium with 65,000 marine creatures in place of walls. Delight in colorful arrocejat, sweet calcot onions, and crema catalana. Connoisseurs of aged wine and signature cocktails will find an intriguing selection on the drink menu.

Average check: $200.

Beaches of the island  

Palm Jumeirah is a paradise for beach lovers. Each part of the Palm is designed with beach areas where the sea depth increases gradually, the water is calm and warm, and the soft, white sand stretches for miles, offering hours of unforgettable enjoyment. The best season for a beach getaway on the island is mid-autumn when the Persian Gulf's water temperature drops to a comfortable 25°C, and the land is free from intense heat.

For tourists, the private beaches are a must-visit. Here, you can sunbathe, rent a speedboat, or try wakeboarding and kayaking. If you’re staying at the Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah or Atlantis The Palm, you already have access to exclusive beaches, stylish bars, and beach clubs.

The most famous beach on the island is Palm West Beach, located on the left side of the trunk. It's pet-friendly and perfect for a stroll along the extensive promenade. Palm West Beach offers more than just white sand and turquoise water; it boasts panoramic restaurants like KoKo Bay, Surf Club, Lucky Fish, Jones The Grocer, Señor Pico, and Orange Chameleon, along with souvenir shops and visitor parking. The beach is open daily from 8:00 AM to midnight.


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