The man-made island is a sought-after place to live in Dubai
Palm Jumeirah is undeniably one of the most eye-catching areas in Dubai.
As the self-declared eighth wonder of the world is home to some of the city’s most prestigious hotels and residential units – not forgetting the iconic Atlantis The Palm.
As its name suggests, the island is built in the shape of a palm tree – a common plant found in the Middle East – and is made up of the Trunk, the Crescent and its 16 Fronds.
Besides its superb collection of luxury villas, townhouses, apartments and hotels, this world-class community also hosts gourmet restaurants, cafes and entertainment facilities.
Here’s our complete area guide to life on Palm Jumeirah…
Public transport in Palm Jumeirah
- No Dubai Metro station or line serves the community
- Palm Jumeirah monorail offers easy access to Atlantis The Palm
- Nearest Dubai tram station is the Jumeirah Palm Tram station
- Nearby stations also include Media City Tram station and Al Sufouh Tram station
- RTA buses service the island, including buses F44, 21, F55A
- Closest Dubai Metro station is Dubai Internet City
Commute times by car from Palm Jumeirah
Located off the coast of Dubai, this man-made community extended the shoreline by a staggering 6.5km into the Arabian Gulf. Between Dubai Marina and Burj Al Arab, you can reach the following from Palm Jumeirah:
- to Dubai International Airport: 23 minutes
- to Jebel Ali: 22 minutes
- to Dubai Studio City: 16 minutes
- to Dubai Marina: 12 minutes
- to Downtown Dubai: 18 minutes
- to Mirdif: 34 minutes
Amenities and facilities in Palm Jumeirah
For residents who are living in or new in Palm Jumeirah, the following public amenities and facilities are on offer in the neighbourhood:
- Golden Mile Galleria shopping mall
- Spinney’s and Choithram supermarkets, plus several small grocery stores
- Club Vista Mare and Oceana Beach Club offer dining options
- Fitness centres, gyms and beach clubs
- Atlantis The Palm’s Aquaventure Waterpark
- NEW Nakheel Mall due to open in near future
- Several 5* hotels including FIVE Hotel, Kempinski The Palm, Waldorf Astoria, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and others
- Outdoor fitness and leisure facilities, including running tracks
- A few nurseries to choose from
Residents living in Palm Jumeirah are spoilt with facilities in close proximity – often in walking distance – of the several apartment residential buildings located here.
Golden Mile Galleria is a favourite go-to for residents, as are the several beach clubs that are dotted along the coast of the Trunk.
In terms of supermarkets, there’s Spinney’s and Choithrams – as well as several smaller, mini-grocery stores that are scattered amongst the residences. Those living on the Fronds would require a short car journey to run errands.
For schools on Palm Jumeirah, there are no primary or secondary schools. Nurseries on Palm Jumeirah include Redwood Montessori Nursery, Asya’s Nursery and Babilou Palm Jumeirah. There’s also an arts and dance centre and music centres that are ideal for any budding musician or performer in your family.
For health clinics and dentists in Palm Jumeirah, you can find the nearest one to you by using our directory, here.
What’s life like in Palm Jumeirah?
- Living here offers direct beach access
- Plenty of outdoor fitness facilities available
- Safe environment for children, including play areas throughout
- A holiday feel in a luxury residential neighbourhood
- Privacy and tranquillity for residents on the Fronds
- Convenience and affordable living for residents on the Trunk
- Limited car-free access outside of the immediate area
- Residents may sometimes feel isolated from mainland Dubai
Residents of Palm Jumeirah are often vocal about living on the recognisable man-made island.
Most if not all villas and apartments offer direct beach access, so living here is ideal if you enjoy outdoor activities and water sports.
The island itself is littered with outdoor gym facilities and running tracks – plus it’s a super dog-friendly place to live, with several restaurants and amenities inviting pets to join their owners when going about their daily errands.
Weather-permitting, life within Palm Jumeirah itselfcertainly embraces an outdoor, pedestrian lifestyle. Although, if you wish to venture to other areas of Dubai – having a car is a must.
During cooler months, it’s worth noting you may experience an influx of tourists who have come to visit. Particularly along the Crescent – whereby tourists will stop and take pictures of Atlantis The Palm and other 5* hotels on the island.
Not only that – but when there’s a concert or event being held, traffic can become tedious as residents from all over Dubai cram themselves onto Palm Jumeirah.
Thankfully, with recent upgrades to traffic lights and systems throughout, this traffic has become much better.
Palm Jumeirah by day
During the day, you’ll find families and professionals going about their daily routine; most residents may work on or very close to Palm Jumeirah – in areas like Dubai Media City or Dubai Marina – and so expect general traffic during peak hours.
Families appreciate the children’s play areas and the safe environment that Palm Jumeirah offers, and it’s not uncommon to see women and children enjoying the outdoor spaces, amenities and facilities in the Palm Jumeirah’s communities.
There’s an extensive list of shops, restaurants and cafes that are available within a few minutes’ walk of a lot of the buildings along Palm Jumeirah’s Trunk.
And if you don’t feel like venturing out, plenty of delivery services are available – groceries and laundry being the most useful – and they arrive quickly due to the close proximity of them on the island.
Palm Jumeirah by night
As dusk arrives, Palm Jumeirah may get ever so slightly busier as residents return home from work during peak hours. Residents may venture out for a stroll along the Palm Jumeirah boardwalk with their children or dog.
For evening entertainment throughout the working week, Palm Jumeirah is a go-to place for Dubai residents from elsewhere to head to for an evening meal or drinks with friends.
Thanks to locations such as Club Vista Mare and Oceana Beach Club, Dubai residents are able to relax on an evening and enjoy the beach-side views – most are dog-friendly, too!
On weekends and during cooler months, bear in mind that tourists tend to flock to the island for evening entertainment at any one of the luxury hotels located here – and it’s a popular place for Friday brunches amongst residents.
Who lives in Palm Jumeirah?
- High-earning professionals with families
- Wealthy second-home residents
- Singles and young professionals
- Those who enjoy beach-living
For the rich and famous, Palm Jumeirah offers an exclusive community that is now a popular place for second-home residences that promote privacy and tranquillity amidst seaside-living. The island’s 16 Fronds consist of various sized homes that attract high-earning families who seek private living.
On the other hand, young professionals and small families opt for the apartments available along the island’s Trunk that are much more affordable.
While there are affordable options for rent, the prices are still considered high in comparison to other Dubai areas – and so the high(er) rental prices may only appeal to those who are committed to the bach-front lifestyle Palm Jumeirah offers.
Properties for rent and sale in Palm Jumeirah
Average rental prices in Palm Jumeirah are as follows:
- Studio apartment: AED 70,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 90,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 125,000
- 3 bedroom apartment: AED 160,000
- 4 bedroom apartment: AED 219,000
- 5 bedroom apartment: AED 260,000
- 2 bedroom villa: AED 190,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 245,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 289,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 425,000
- 6 bedroom villa: AED 510,000
Average sales prices for properties in Palm Jumeirah are as follows:
- Studio apartment: AED 780,000
- 1 bedroom apartment: AED 970,000
- 2 bedroom apartment: AED 1,450,000
- 3 bedroom apartment: AED 1,900,000
- 4 bedroom apartment: AED 3,990,000
- 5 bedroom apartment: AED 9,900,000
- 2 bedroom villa: AED 2,600,000
- 3 bedroom villa: AED 2,900,000
- 4 bedroom villa: AED 6,500,000
- 5 bedroom villa: AED 7,890,000
- 6 bedroom villa: AED 13,500,000
- 7 bedroom villa: AED 21,000,000
- 7+ bedroom villa: AED 55,000,000
What are properties like in Palm Jumeirah?
Properties available on Palm Jumeirah vary from studio apartments through to huge, 7+ bedroom villas.
The Trunk offers luxurious apartment living with the Golden Mile and Shoreline developments. There is also mini-developments like Marina Residences, Tiara and Oceana that offer high-rise communities with 1 to 4 bedroom apartment options. Other options include Palma Residences, IGY Anchor Marina and The Fairmont Palm Residences.
On the Fronds, villas vary wildly in design and by size and feature Garden Homes, Signature Villas and Town Houses. Residents can choose from smaller 2 bedroom units to the larger, opulent mansions with their own beach access. All Fronds have their own individual security post at the entrance.
In terms of access to the island, if you asked residents whether Palm Jumeirah was a great place to live a few years ago, you’d probably have been told tales of horror traffic and continuous construction.
Now, if you ask the same question – you’d probably receive similar answers. Nowadays though, the Palm Jumeirah is certainly improving traffic chaos for its residents.
With the upcoming addition of Nakheel Mall and the recently completed The Pointe, combined with the upgrade of the island’s traffic lights and road structure - life on this island is now a far cry from its older reputation of being impossible to get on and off.
What are noise levels like in Palm Jumeirah?
For those living in the Fronds, expect a quieter, serene atmosphere as these areas of the community offer privacy and tranquillity to residents.
The majority of crowds head to the Crescent where Atlantis The Palm and its neighbouring hotels are situated. There’s few luxury hotels along the Trunk itself, including the FIVE hotel, but these are snug between the high-rise apartment buildings.
When it comes to noise, construction sites are probably the worst culprit of noise for residents living here; but provisions are in place by authorities to ensure these noise levels are kept restricted after sunset as per the UAE law.