Eat, drink and shop
Aside from the many boutiques, bars and restaurants that line the buildings of the Palm’s trunk, there are many more shops, cafes and fine dining eateries within the island’s numerous buildings and hotels. Supermarkets are dotted about, including Spinney’s at the Golden Mile. Mall of the Emirates is a short drive away, as is Marina Mall and Madinat Jumeirah, offering spoilt-for-choice shopping. Nakheel Mall – a new development with Monorail access, featuring 350 shops, restaurants and leisure attractions spread over five retail levels – is about to transform shopping on the Palm itself, with other new developments also under construction. The attractions of Palm Jumeirah include a number of beachside bars and eateries along its trunk, including Club Vista Mare and Bidi Bondi, and others along the Golden Mile complex. Alternatively, take your pick from the fine dining restaurants inside one of the areas prestigious hotels, each offering its own wow factor. This is a popular destination for the city’s brunch brigade so it’s advisable to call ahead.
Location. Location. Location.
Palm Jumeirah extends out into the waters of the Gulf, connecting with the coastline near Knowledge Village and Dubai Internet City. Originally intended as one of three similar palm-shaped Islands, it has become an iconic landmark (as the other two were never completed). The island sits between the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, close to Dubai Marina, JBR and Al Sufouh. Sheikh Zayed Road is close by, allowing easy access to other areas of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Northern Emirates.
Out and about
It’s easier to list what you can’t do here than what you can, as there’s lots to choose from (however, you wouldn’t find out anything useful that way). Kids will be drawn to the entertainment and excitement magnet that is Atlantis. As well as the thrills of Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, other attractions like Dolphin Bay and Sealion Point give you the chance to swim with our aquatic friends and get to know them (although the conversation could be limited). After Atlantis, the family can take a stroll along The Boardwalk promenade and stop for a bite to eat. As with any island, water and beaches play a significant role. And there’s lots of opportunity to relax, swim and sunbathe on Palm Jumeirah. Alternatively, try SCUBA diving with Divers Down Dubai, or change your perspective on things with a flight from Helicopter Tour Dubai. To get around, there’s a byky cycle rental station where bikes can be hired and the island has its own monorail; free shuttle buses runs from Atlantis to a number of hotels along Crescent Road.
Primary to secondary
For young ones, there are a few local nursery schools in Palm Jumeirah, including Asya’s Nursery and a branch of the Babilou nursery chain, both conveniently located on the Palm’s trunk. For primary or secondary schools you‘ll need to go off-Palm. There are several good options in Emirates Living, including DBS; a number of schools on nearby Hessa Street, including Dubai College, GEMS Nations Academy and American School of Dubai; and the new Kings School in Al Barsha.