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Palm Jumeirah

District, Dubai
Palm Jumeirah Key Information
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Palm Jumeirah Overview

This is the biggest land reclamation project on earth, a giant archipelago designed in the shape of a palm tree whose fourteen fronds are fringed with beach-side houses and villas. The spinal ‘trunk’ has apartment buildings, shops, hotels, marinas, spas and its very own monorail.

To build the Palm some five million boulders were loaded onto giant barges and sunk to form an artificial island surrounded by an eleven kilometre breakwater rising two metres out of the sea.

No concrete, no steel, just rocks and sand were used to create this engineering masterpiece. It has been said that if the rocks had been used to build a two metre high wall, that wall could wrap around the world twice over.

It took just two years to create the island and surrounding Crescent breakwater, and another two years to build the four and half thousand houses and apartments, and the hotels and shops that populate it. On the ground you wouldn’t know that ten years ago none of this existed; it looks and feels like a natural island.

The twenty Shoreline Apartments buildings on the east side of the Trunk house two and a half thousand luxury apartments of varying sizes while at the end of the Trunk is the Village Centre with another thousand apartments. And then there are the villas and houses on the fronds themselves, an estimated two thousand and still counting, packed with miscellaneous celebs busy enjoying the lifestyle.

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Palm Jumeirah Amenities

The main attraction is the clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. Whether it’s sailing, diving, swimming, working out, sunbathing, shopping, eating, or simply having fun, you’ll find it catered for here. You can splash about in the 42-acre water park or set sail from one of four marinas. You can take a dive and check out the diversity of fish, coral, sponges, oysters and other marine life that have made the rocky Crescent reef their home. If you’re not the fishy type you can explore the shipwrecks and a couple of downed fighter planes compliments of the tourist board.

And if getting wet is not your bag you’ve got a fitness club, shops, cafes and restaurants to help you while away your time.

The Crescent stretches for 11km and is home to over twenty hotel resorts including the landmark Atlantis situated opposite the ‘top’ of the Trunk.

In November 2016 a new Boardwalk opened along the length of the Crescent. Built over the rocks that form the island’s breakwater, the six-metre wide Boardwalk is more than double the width of the original Crescent path. It is accessible from 14 points along the existing sidewalk and has not only transformed Palm Jumeirah’s Crescent into a place for cycling, jogging or walking but also a ‘vibrant destination’ for shopping and dining, with around 20 food trucks stationed along its length to cater for the hungry.

Proximity to landmarks
Al Maktoum International Airport
42 mins drive
La Mer
32 mins drive
Mall of the Emirates
19 mins drive
Dubai Mall
24 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
20 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
20 mins drive
The Walk JBR
19 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
46 mins drive

Construction History

Road Access

All parts of the Palm are well served by roads, and the spinal highway connects to Sheik Zayed Road, the main north-south highway running through Dubai. Abu Dhabi is then about an hour’s drive and the airport about 50 minutes.

2017 was to have seen the start of a scheme to provide proper pedestrian connections between residential buildings on the Palm's trunk to local shops and restaurants. Pedestrian bridges on the 1.5 kilometre Palm Promenade will link the area’s 30 apartment buildings with Al Ittihad Park, Palm West Beach and the Golden Mile-Galleria.

The aim is twofold; to create an urban community area that is connected to a growing number of retail, dining and entertainment facilities on The Palm, and to relieve the pressure on the main trunk road, which is becoming busier as more hotels, shops and restaurants open in the area.

The speed of traffic on the trunk is currently impeded by pedestrian crossings, lights and speed bumps. By introducing pedestrian bridges traffic will be able to flow more freely.

Public Transport

The Palm also has its own monorail running the length of the trunk. It connects with the new tram system serving Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina where it stops alongside the Dubai Metro. From there The Mall of the Emirates is a 15 minute ride, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa 30 minutes, and the airport 55 minutes. At some future date the monorail will connect directly to the Dubai Metro at Dubai Internet City station.

For those wishing to travel in style there is a water taxi service that will pick you up from the Palm and take you anywhere on Dubai’s waterways.


Palm Jumeirah Communities

We currently maintain records for 27 sub-communities on Palm Jumeirah.

Palm Jumeirah Reviews

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Palm Jumeirah receives an overall rating of 4 based on 9 reviews. Users were asked to consider many factors including the view, finishing, layout, noise levels, traffic, public transportation, parking, security, swimming pool, gym, and maintenance.

17th Nov, 2016
From Australia
Moved here in 2016
Living with spouse
Worst building and facilities management ever
The pool, finishing inside apartment
See rewiew :)
Am an expat living in Dubai over 8 years, lived in downtown, Marina, DIFC previously and decided to try the Fairmont Palm. What a mistake it turned out to be! Caution to anyone considering moving here for the beach and gym access, agents are still advertising the property as inclusive of more… same, but what you will find out is that it has been taken away from the tenants due to a dispute with the facilities management company over whether or not it is included in owner's service charge. Beach and gym access was withdrawn to tenants in the middle of summer 2016 and has not been changed since. To access the beach and gym, there is a daily fee of AED 25 for tenants and their guests. Not nice when you moved here for that as one of its major features. The security and on site management team are just horrible. The number of procedures just to move out, move in, take a delivery of furniture, etc are endless. Paperwork and security deposits for just the smallest of things. They will make it difficult for any external service providers to come and do mantainence by attempting the restrict their access for the most petty reasons. All because they want to do the work through their In house building management team and boy do they know how to charge for the smallest of things! The noise and dust from neighbouring developments is getting worse and traffic is increasing considerably with the new mall being constructed. Once that opens, the time to get off the palm from the Fairmont to SZR will increase from the already 5-10 minutes, depending what time of day you leave. The only positives I could say about the development is the pool, and the quality of the finishings inside the apartment. A friend who moved out of here previously did warm us a year ago about the security and management's approach t tenants but we fobbed off the comment as if he was exaggerating. 12 months and we are about to move out we strongly regret not listening to that advice!Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
26th Dec, 2015
From United States
Moved here in 2015
Living alone
Life on the Palm - On a budget
Telling people you live on the Palm / view of the Marina
Value for money / Smell / Ammenities
First moved to Dubai Jan of 2015. All my colleagues went for the Marina etc. I decided to go all out and Live on the Palm - if I was going to spend Marina prices it needed to be on the most well known zip code in Dubai - Palm more… jumeriah. 1 year into living in Palm Views East and I must say it was worth it. I moved in and they had literally just completed construction and hand over. I was the first tenant to live in my apartment. Like any typical real estate agent desperate to let out a unit I was fooled into thinking there would be a gym at some point later in time... although access to the shoreline gym is available, I was told it wouldnt be free for very long. The pool is so odd. They built it over the parking.. I dont understand why. It's a meter deep and kinda pointless to swim in. The wood deck is nice and its cool to watch all the cars go by. Its something, not the best pool but I guess better than most. So what are the real highlights of living in palm views East? - The view of the Marina, Burj al Arab and the fronds is WELL worth the 75k 1 cheque I put forth. What are the biggest downfall? - The building feels like it was built as a services apartments quarters... It doesnt feel like shoreline equivalent. Sure it's nice.. it's just got a feeling like your living in a building built for the employees that run the marina etc.... - No covered parking is the pits to be honest... expecially when EVERYTHING else on the palm has covered parking... All in all it's not a bad place to live - for a year... just to say I've done it.. Studio's shouldnt cost you this much. So I'm off to a 1 bedroom in the middle of the desert to recoup some of the cost and save. Save so that in a couple year time I can afford to buy an apartment I can enjoy and rent out for others to enjoy as well. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
8th Jul, 2015
From United Arab Emirates
Moved here in 2015
Family with children
3BHK Apartment in The Dream Palm Residence
Offers given to the residents
Its really very spacious with floor to ceiling panoramic windows with large balconies. Everyday i wake up to the views of the Dubai Marina skyline. Being a resident i also get a lot of offers in the neighbouring Rixos The Palm hotel.
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
25th Jun, 2015
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2014
Family with children
Spacious and luxurious 2BHK apartment
Stunning view and 5 star amenities
A tad bit disconnected
It's a lovely apartment with quality finishing and great amenities like a swimming pool, clubhouse, gym etc. We can also avail of different offers at the neighbouring Rixos the Palm hotel though personally, I haven't used any of the offers till date. The downside is, it's a very quiet neighbourhood more… and not many options for schools around. On the plus side, we have direct access to the beach and the sea view outside our balcony is phenomenal.. So I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
15th Jan, 2015
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2015
Living alone
North Residence The Fairmont
The beach, the views, the Fairmont hotel, West 14th next door…
The noise of the road.
I love living on the Palm I have a beautiful, spacious apartment with fantastic facilities I live on the road side which is quite noisy, they are building the new Mall Nakeel, and the traffic has started to pick up, which can also be very noisy at night. The beach more… view apartments facing JBR would be perfect! To be able to walk to the restaurants, bars, beach and gym is a huge plus. The pool area is amazing. The reception, security, pool staff and maintenance are fantastic. The only downsize would be the lack of storage space in the apartments and they only have one plug socket in the kitchen, and they could do with a small shop for when you run out of milk. Also something which has been a real nuisance this year is that there has been jelly fish throughout the year in the sea, so a lot of people have been stung , including myself. All in all though you drive onto the Palm and feel as if you are on holiday and everything that you need is here so some weekends I don't even leave…Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
23rd Nov, 2014
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2014
Living with spouse
Dream Palm Residences
Driving over all the speed bumps to there.
Great size apartment with excellent sea views from every room, only down side it's right down the end of the crescent past Atlantis and next door to the Rixos hotel. Very peaceful, the building is only about 20% occupied so not many people around. The building has it's more… own beach, pool and gym. Only down size is the drive on and off the palm. Not ideal if you have a school run every morning. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
21st Aug, 2014
From Ireland
Moved here in 2014
Living alone
Ideal living
Location, view, peace and quiet
Perfect location, very well maintained private beach. Many superb pools. More than pleasant.
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
5th Aug, 2014
From United Kingdom
Moved here in 2013
Living with spouse
Fairmont Residence on the Palm - Awesome!
Views and Facilities, you might never have to leave the building!
The noise outside, but thats what you get when living in the centre of it all.
The views from the Fairmont South Residence are great from the higher floors. Burj al Arab one side, Marina the other. We have stayed here with both views and it is gorgeous. Some of the apartments do not have such great views if they more… are facing the Golden Mile closer to North Residence. As part of the Fairmont Hotel complex, the beach is really great, and the pools are also good. It is never busy, sometimes on Fridays, but you can always get a lounger. Beach and pool access does cost membership as part of the community fees. Our landlord pay for ours. You can walk to the bars in the Fairmont, as well as Shoreline bars and restaurants. The new Palm walking and jogging track is good for exercise. The apartment is very large for a one bedroom. The open plan kitchen overlooks the lounge area and is very usable, unlike some kitchens in apartments that have very little storage. The guest toilet is a good touch when you have visitors. The bedroom is huge, you could easily get two beds in it if necessary. A great walk in closet also. The bathroom is big, separate shower and bath, marble surfaces. The tiling could be better, but that is the same in just about every place we have stayed in Dubai. There is a nice covered terrace outside. Ours overlooks the Burj Al Arab. The downside to this is that the traffic noise outside is bad, especially 4am on Saturday mornings when the Lambos and Ferraris are coming back from Atlantis! We are used to it now, and it doesn't really bother us when sleeping. If you are a light sleeper, or if the windows in your apartment don't fit properly then it will be loud. Rents are a bit higher here but worth it in my view. Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC
14th Jul, 2014
From Asia
Moved here in 2013
Family with children
Sea view
Transportation,no bus going to metro
Things i love most about our villa here in Palm Jumeirah, is the sea itself, in the morning when I woke up everytime I go out my room Ill definetly saw the sea, its calming eseence just makes my day. I love go fishing, our neighbors are really friendly and more… its safe to walk even in the middle of the night. We have dogs so I go out often. I can see the Atlantis through the window in second floor at the back, and I can see the Fairmont in the front. I just love living in this Villa.Show less
This review is the subjective opinion of a user and not of Propsearch LLC

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