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Dubawi Island
Updated: 21st March, 2022

Dubawi Island

A former island off the south beach of the Palm Jumeirah, now amalgamated into the Dubai Harbour project as part of Emaar Beachfront.
Dubawi Island
Dubawi Island is a sub-community of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
Master developer
The master developer is Zabeel Investments.
The architect
The architect of the project was Gianni Ranaulo Design.

Dubawi was a private man-made island situated off the south beach of the Palm Jumeirah. Its shape is a mirror image of Logo Island on the opposite side of the Palm but, unlike Logo Island, Dubawi Island remained undeveloped.

In 2017, all existing plans for the island were scrapped and it was amalgamated into the wider Dubai Harbour project to be used as a land for the Emaar Beachfront development.

Dubawi Island is owned by Zabeel Investments, a real estate and investment holding company owned by Dubai's crown prince, Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum.

Land reclamation for the island was completed in 2005 and a hospitality development project was launched in 2007 under the name 'Signature Island', but plans were put on hold when the developer ran into financial difficulties. The island has since been acquired by Emaar Properties for their Emaar Beachfront development which saw the island get reshaped and attached to Dubai Harbour.

Dubawi Island Location

The map below shows the location of Dubawi Island and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Skydive Dubai, 1.1 km
The View at The Palm, 1.6 km
Marina Walk, 1.7 km
Parks & beaches
Marina Beach, 2.6 km
JLT Park, 2.7 km
Sufouh Beach, 3.3 km
Golf clubs
Emirates Golf Club, 2.6 km
Montgomerie Golf Course, 5.0 km
The Els Golf Club, 10.0 km
Reel Cinemas, Dubai Marina Mall, 2.5 km
Roxy Marina Beach Cinema, 2.5 km
Reel Cinemas, The Pointe, 3.5 km

Local Schools

Dubawi Island has many schools nearby including Dubai College at 3.1 km and The International School of Choueifat Dubai at 3.2 km.

In terms of performance there are six schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Dubai College which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and GEMS Dubai American Academy which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Dubai College
3.1 km, Al Sufouh
AED 86,000  •  British
The International School of Choueifat Dubai
3.2 km, Al Sufouh
AED 28,000  •  SABIS
Regent International School
3.5 km, The Greens
AED 52,000  •  British
GEMS Dubai American Academy
4.1 km, Al Barsha
AED 82,500  •  American, IB

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Dubawi Island.

Maiden Shanghai, Five Palm Jumeirah • Ladies Night • Maiden Shanghai (0.9 km)
Ladies Day at Praia, Five Palm Jumeirah • Ladies Day • Praia (0.9 km)
Naughty Noodles Brunch, Five Palm Jumeirah • Maiden Shanghai (0.9 km)
The Penthouse
Ladies Night • Tuesday 7:00pm
The Penthouse (0.9 km)
Barasti Ladies Day
Ladies Day • Monday, Tuesday 9:00am
Barasti Bar & Grill (1.0 km)
Martes and Mermaids
Ladies Night • Tuesday, Friday 8:00pm
Zero Gravity (1.2 km)
Ladies Day at Zero Gravity
Ladies Day • Tuesday, Thursday 9:00am
Zero Gravity (1.2 km)
Mask-erade Brunch
Brunch • Five Palm Jumeirah
The Penthouse (0.9 km)
Tropical Brunch
Brunch • Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity (1.2 km)
Supernatural Sunday
Brunch • Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity (1.2 km)
Bold Night Brunch
Brunch • Fairmont The Palm
Bā Restaurant & Lounge (1.2 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Dubawi Island.

Dubai Media City
Dubai Media City (1.4 km)
A mixed-use business park in a media and information technology freezone, with cafes, banks, pharmacies and car hire facilities nearby.
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Jumeirah Beach Residence
Jumeirah Beach Residence (2.3 km)
The biggest residential quarter in the world - 35 towers able to house 15,000 people on a 1.7km stretch between Dubai Marina and the sea.
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Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah (2.3 km)
The biggest land reclamation project on earth. A man-made island in the shape of a palm tree fringed with beach-side villas.
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Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina (2.3 km)
The 3km-long, densely populated Marina is encircled by 180 residential skyscrapers, hotels, a mall, a cinema, cafés and restaurants.
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Bluewaters Island
Bluewaters Island (2.9 km)
An island off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coast containing sleek residential, hospitality and retail, plus the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel.
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The Greens
The Greens (3.1 km)
An established development alongside The Emirates Golf Club. The residential accommodation is housed in ten mid-rise complexes.
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Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (3.1 km)
87 towers arranged in clusters around three lakes and a park, comprising commercial, residential, hotels, shops and leisure facilities. 
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The Views
The Views (3.1 km)
Ten clusters of apartment towers and villas set around a lake, with lake views on one side and views over the golf course on the other.
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Companies Associated with Dubawi Island
Master Developer: Zabeel Investments
Architectural Consultant: Gianni Ranaulo Design


In 2011 designs for a luxury hotel & leisure development on the island were released by architects Gianni Ranaulo Design. The designs depicted an array of luxury hospitality elements including a horse riding beach, a wellbeing anti-ageing spa, a luxury resort, exclusive beach-front cottages, a Dragone sunset theatre, a luxury marina, a yacht club with fashion show facilities, a fashion district, a VIP room and entertainment district, water villas and a sunset view park with a romantic promenade.

Construction History

See the development of Dubawi Island in photos.

The island was built by the Dutch engineering firm Van Oord between June 2003 and February 2005 in parallel with the Palm Jumeirah construction. Over four million cubic metres of sand and a million tonnes of rock were used in the project which includes wave breaks, an underwater reef, a 270-metre-long quay wall and small beaches. At a later date access channels were dredged to enable large yachts to reach the island.

Dubawi Island remained undeveloped other than the marking out of various villa plots during a short construction burst in 2009.

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