Community Guide: Palm Jumeirah

Written by Bethan Hurst-Haynes

Launched in 2001, the Palm Jumeirah took just 6 years to complete - an amazing feat when you consider the sheer scale of the project. Master developer Nakheel used no steel or concrete in the foundations, instead 94 million cubic metres of sand were dredged from the Gulf and 7 million tons of rocks brought from the Hajer mountains. Now home to over 60,000 residents it is one of Dubai’s most popular destinations, for both tourists and residents. Here’s why:

The Neighborhood

Frond Villas

 

Palm Jumeirah has 17 fronds, with approximately 1,500 villas and mansions currently in situ as well as plots. Choice is plentiful with Canal Cove being an ‘entry-level’ 3 bed, followed by Garden Homes and Signature Villas. Multiple floor plan types are available - Atrium Entry, Central Rotunda and Gallery View to name just a few. Many of the properties have been significantly upgraded or renovated, creating an eclectic mix of homes where ultra-modern and sleek facades sit shoulder to shoulder with classic Arabian architecture. Some are so extensively remodeled that it is impossible to tell their original type, but this simply adds to the charm of this iconic location where ‘one of a kind’ is the name of the game. Aside from a stellar address, other benefits of Frond Villas include excellent security (at the entrance to each frond), private beaches for residents and stunning views over the Palm and Dubai’s skyline.

Frond Villas

Balqis

 

Inspired by Yemini art, the symmetry of Arabian architecture and the Kingdom of Sheba, Balqis is a relatively new project within the Palm offering apartments, penthouses, townhouses and villas. Offered fully furnished, residents can make use of clubhouses, pools and beach access. The development comprises just 300 units - 222 apartments, 16 duplex penthouses, 28 townhouses and 34 huge villas with the added benefit of a private pool. The emphasis is on convenience, quality and elegance and this is woven through every aspect of the properties with high-end finishings and subtle colour palettes.

Balqis

Shoreline

 

A multi-building complex of 20 towers, Shoreline offers 2,604 units on the Palm trunk. Launched in 2004, it was completed in 2007 and is a consistently popular choice for apartment rentals, offering a great selection of units from 1-3 bedrooms as well as 4 bed penthouses. Each tower is 10 storeys tall, and the apartments are available in 6 types. Half of the buildings face East on the beachfront with views of the coast down to the Burj Al Arab and the other half face West over the trunk, JBR and the new Dubai Eye ferris wheel.

Residents can take advantage of a great range of amenities including 5 clubhouses, a private beach and well-equipped gyms. Nearby are the newly opened Nakheel Mall and Palm Tower, as well as the Galleria Mall and Al Ittihad park. Shoreline is an excellent option for both investors and end users with great return on investment and steady, affordable rental prices.

Shoreline Apartment

Off Plan

 

Of course, the Palm wouldn’t be complete without some excellent off plan projects and highlights include: One at Palm Jumeirah, W Residences and the recently re-branded Atlantis The Royal (adjacent to the Atlantis hotel).

One at Palm Jumeirah by Omniyat "embodies modern architecture at its finest" and "captures perfectly the essence of Dubai beachfront living". Conceptualized by a diverse and award-winning team including SOMA Architects (New York), Super Potato Interior Design (Japan) and Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture (Lebanon) the project is managed by The Dorchester Collection - residents can be assured of exceptional service, amenities and attention to detail. There are only 94 units in the project, comprised of simplex and duplex units as well as a penthouse. Prices start at AED 14.5m and extend up to 93.3m - units are ready to handover now!

Atlantis The Royal (previously The Royal Atlantis Residences) promises to be a "new generation of distinctive luxury - a sophisticated lifestyle with infinite ocean views and a playful contrast of fire and water". There is a clear emphasis on individuality in each of the units, with fully customizable interiors, courtesy of Parisian interior designer Sybille de Margerie. These include bespoke textiles, architectural embroidery and porcelains. The architect behind the building is KFP - Kohn, Pederson, Fox who are known for blending beauty and practicality. The 231 units are available in two - five bedroom options and prices start at AED 7.2m with a 5% downpayment.

Palm Jumeirah Off Plan

Amenities

 

Nakheel Mall

 

Set over 5 floors, with 140 shops, 30+ dining options (including a food hall) and plentiful entertainment, Nakheel Mall has been welcoming shoppers since 2019. It continues to grow year on year and its vision is to be “as unique as the customer base”. Unlike other malls, the rooftop is also used as a feature offering al fresco dining and a connection to The View - a 240m high observation deck within the Palm Tower. As well as admiring views of the Palm, guests can immerse themselves in the interactive experience about the creation of the Palm Jumeirah. Even the journey up to the viewing deck is part of the experience, with a floor to ceiling sea, sand and sky projection. Palm Tower will also house a new St Regis hotel, as well as a variety of residential units.

Nakheel Mall

Atlantis The Palm

 

When you think of the Palm, one of the first things that comes to mind is surely Atlantis - the iconic hotel set as the main focal point as you drive up the trunk of the Palm. It is the ultimate holiday destination and attracts both tourists and residents seeking a glimpse of grand elegance. As well as the hotel, with its generously sized, nautical-themed rooms, there are world-class restaurants including Nobu and Bread Street Kitchen. The hotel has its own aquarium - The Lost Chambers, home to 65,000 marine animals. If a standard tour just won’t cut it, you can book a variety of experiences including a behind the scenes walkthrough to learn more about the hotel’s conservation efforts. For the really brave, consider a dive where you can walk amongst the fish, rays and sharks! If you prefer to stay dry, you can book a relaxing yoga class in the aquarium, flowing through poses as the water flows through the immense lagoon.

Wavehouse is the latest addition to the hotel, offering a casual atmosphere with bowling, arcade games, great food and live music. It is ideally placed near the Wave Rider, at the entrance / exit of Aquaventure, the hotel’s own waterpark with a variety of rides to suit thrillseekers both big and small. For those who want something a little more sedate, there is an expansive private beach with plenty of loungers where you can soak up the sun. If exclusivity is your thing, then head to White Beach Club - a place to “see and be seen” that transforms from a relaxed daytime vibe to a bustling nighttime party. Booking is essential.

Atlantis The Palm

The Pointe

 

On the tip of Palm Jumeirah, and just across the bay from Atlantis is The Pointe, a one-stop destination blending casual and gourmet across 80 waterfront restaurants, shops and other attractions. A 1.5km promenade invites you to wander as you take in the glittering views around you - even your dog is welcome, a rarity anywhere in Dubai! Nakheel say they are committed to the future and the “creation of focal points that bring communities together”. Their future portfolio comprises more than 17 million square feet of leasable space, designed to “maximise the opportunities within and around landmark developments”.

The Pointe

Connectivity

 

A monorail connects all major parts of the Palm, including Atlantis, and transports 20,000 passengers per day. The underground Palm Tunnel has 6 lanes, allowing free-flow of cars both on and off the trunk and newly added U-turns mean that it is easier than ever to access both sides of the Palm, reduce journey times and ease congestion. Road links are available directly on to Sheikh Zayed Road for both North and Southbound connections.

Connectivity

”Iconic” is just one word that describes the Palm Jumeirah, a perennially popular destination for celebrities and VIPs alike. Home to some of the city’s most expensive and exclusive real estate, the draw of desirable beachfront living continues to keep the market healthy - in the first half of 2021 alone, there have been 162 villas sold at a whopping AED 3.42bn value. If you’re in the market, the Palm has undoubtedly the very best cross-section of available real estate so please contact us today to take advantage of our expertise.