One of the world’s most recent developments, the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is a heaven for vacationers. Jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, this man-made archipelago was constructed in the shape of a palm tree, with a 3-mile-long trunk and a fan of fronds lined with luxury villas and five-star hotels. From water parks and wildlife encounters, to beach clubs and boozy brunches, find out the 10 cool things to do at the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
One of the primary things that strikes you when visiting the Palm Jumeirah is its size. This giant archipelago is noticeable from space and the outer crescent is almost 7 miles long. There’s also a great distance between each hotel, so walking isn’t advisable. Taxis are cheap and abundant, and a monorail runs from the base of the trunk to the Atlantis, making it the ideal base for travelling within the must-visit sights of the Palm Jumeirah.
1. Make a dive at Atlantis, The Palm
Positioning proud at the top of the Palm, the rose-hued Atlantis is one of Dubai’s most familiar landmarks. It’s home to a five-star hotel, celebrity chef restaurants, and a pulse-racing selection of entertainment and spare time options. Unleash your inner kid at Aquaventure Waterpark, where you can take a ride in one of the record-breaking waterslides (including one that shoots you through a shark tank), splashes in the pools, or kicks back with a cocktail on the private beach.
2. Swim With Sharks, Dolphins, Sea Lions and many more water creatures
The underwater thrills does not end when you leave the waterpark. While you’re at Atlantis, swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay, get up close and personal with the resident sea lions, and tour The Lost Chambers Aquarium, where you can snorkel or dive through lagoons that are swarming with 65,000 marine animals, including 14 species of sharks and rays. For something a little more anesthetize, sign up for a yoga session overlooking the aquarium, held on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
3. Explore Your Weekend With a Boozy Brunch
The weekend generally falls on Friday and Saturday in Dubai, and Friday brunch is serious business. Get your weekend off to a flying start with the Nobu High Brunch, a four-hour feast of Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature mod-Japanese dishes accompanied with free-flowing cocktails and Champagne. For a family-friendly brunch, move to the Waldorf Astoria’s Secret Garden Brunch, where there’s a kids’ corner and children under 6 dine free. Another famous brunch on the Palm is the Friday Fork & Cork at Crescendo, at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, offering an collection of cuisines and live cooking stations from around the world.
4. Get Your Pulse Racing With Splash Tours for a great experience
Tie your belts for a wild ride with Splash Tours. The pulse-racing, 90-minute speedboat ride starts from Dubai Marina, cruising around the Palm Jumeirah and stopping for a photo in front of the Atlantis. You’ll then spurt onto the Burj Al Arab before sailing past some of Dubai’s most magnificient royal palaces.
5. Paddle Around the Palm to view its magnificent scenaries
If you’d like something a little less hair-raising, travel around the calm waters surrounding the Palm Jumeirah with SeaYou. Join a guided kayak tour departing from the Sofitel hotel and paddle around the falcate, taking in views of Dubai Marina, Burj al Arab and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Or, put your balance to pause with a Stand-Up Paddle boarding session, including yoga and pilates classes in the calm waters surrounding the Palm. If you’re traveling with a big group, why not take one of SeaYou’s dragon boats out for a tour?
6. Awaken Your Senses With a Coffee-Spiked Spa Treatment
One of Dubai’s most copious day spas, the Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, offers a host of great experiences. Awaken your senses with the Coffee Peeling treatment, where you’ll be scrubbed and buffed utilizing Turkish coffee in the hammam (traditional bath house). Or, treat yourself to “The World’s Most Luxurious Spa Experience,” a full-day session which includes a 24 karat gold mask, a rose bath and a diamond body ritual. This ultra-luxe package comprises of an overnight stay for two and a caviar lunch with Champagne
7. Chill out at a Chic Beach Club
When the temperature soars high in Dubai, Riva Beach Club knows how to keep you cool. This chic retreat on the trunk of the Palm is home to a private stretch of sugar-white sand, a Mediterranean restaurant, a blustery gazebo bar slinging icy cocktails, and a palm-fringed swimming pool that’s cooled off during summer (and heated in winter) for year-round dips. Settle into a cabana or kick back on a sun lounger at Spanish beach club El Chiringuito in the luxury hotel Rixos The Palm Dubai. Verdant with bougainvillea and palm trees, this style-savvy hideaway offers you a taste of Ibiza on the Palm Jumeirah.
8. Take a helicopter tour
Short on time but not short of money? Find out Dubai’s most iconic sights with a City Circuit helicopter tour departing from Atlantis The Palm. The 25-minute flight offers you a bird’s eye view of the Palm and the nearby World Islands, along with the Burj Khalifa and Burj al Arab, the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road, and the heritage architecture of Dubai Creek and the ancient town.
9. Freefall Over the Palm Jumeirah
For the ultimate adrenaline rush, jump out of a plane as it moves over the Palm Jumeirah. Skydive Dubai offers racing bike skydives at the premium Palm Dropzone, reaching speeds of up to 120 mph and offering eye-popping views of the Palm, the Dubai Marina and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.
10. Enjoy Sunset Sips at The Penthouse
As the sun sets, hightail it to posh newcomer The Penthouse. Located on the 16th floor of ultra-luxourious Fivestar Hotel, this adults-only hideaway delivers jaw-dropping views of the Dubai Marina skyline. Ladies, take out date with The Penthouse on a Tuesday evening, when Ladies Night sees you treated to three free drinks. Or, visit during the day midweek to take a lavish experience of the Spa, Dine and Pool package, including access to the Penthouse pools, food and drinks vouchers and a 45-minute massage.
11. Visit the Atlantis hotel at Palm Jemeirah
Astonishingly, it’s pretty tough to find what to do in Palm Jumeirah. It’s really difficult to find places which are the real attraction of the visit. It seems that such an good-looking part of the city that attracts a lot of tourists and travelers from all over the world has to offer the huge number of sites and attractions, but in the real life there’s just a few of attractions, which are really worth the visit.
If you decide to reach the Palm with your own car or a taxi, you may be even let down. From the window of the car the Palm looks pretty same to any other parts of Dubai with green lawns, skyscrapers and the sea on the horizon. The popular beaches are hidden behind the hotel buildings, so guests who come to participate in excursions don’t really have a lot of interesting things to do here.
Nevertheless, one can still find some fabulous places to visit and attractions here.
What you should do in Palm Jumeirah in Atlantis Hotel?
Atlantis is the main point of appeal for all the visitors of Palm Jumeirah. It’s connected with the mainland with the monorail link, and guests are able to enjoy remarkable views of the both sides of the “half-moon”. In fact this place is the only one where people can amuse themselves and spend some great time without any limits.
While in Atlantis, guests are able to explore the following venues:
§ Aquaventure Waterpark for entertainment
§ Lost Chamber Aquarium and Museum
§ Sea lion center
§ Dolphin Bay dolphinarium
The hotel offers a variety of programs for its guests, which include as individual, as well as group programs. Hotel guests are also able to spend some time and loosen up on Nasimi Beach.
12. Explore the Monorail Link
The monorail link is not only the most excellent way to reach Atlantis, but also an amazing opportunity to look over Palm Jumeirah from the different point. When using the highway one is not able to observe the end of the Palm “trunk”. Moreover, right before Atlantis the road is going down to the tunnel. The monorail is situated on the height and offers astonishing views over the Palm. It also employs a bridge to reach Atlantis hotel. One shall take into consideration the monorail link as an attraction, and it’s highly recommended to use it at least once.
13. Enjoy at Al Ittihad Park or so-called Palm Jumeirah Park
The park is situated right in the center of the Palm “trunk”. It has length of more than one kilometer. The park is alienated from the highway with a “wall” of hotels, and offers a huge number of cafes, restaurants and shops. Palm Jumeirah Promenade is situated in the center of the park. Here you can use some time after a tour or an excursion, walking around and having a dinner in one of the restaurants.