Palm Jumeirah, which was one of the most daring yet challenging projects in the world, is now a haven for the tourists in Dubai. This artificial archipelago is stretched over the Arabian Gulf and was built and shaped like a palm tree, with a fan of fronds lined with 5-star hotels and luxury villas and 3-mile-long trunk. From wildlife excursions and amusement parks to boozy brunches and clubs, there is no lack of attractions at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
The size of Palm Jumeirah is one of the first things that attract visitors. This stunning archipelago is seen from space and its exterior crescent is around 7 miles long. There is also a great distance between each hotel. So, you cannot travel while walking. Instead, you can take a taxi ride which comes cheap. There are also monorails that run from the base to the Atlantis. Hence, it is a perfect base to explore the must-see attractions of Palm Jumeirah.
The Palm – Splash at the Atlantis
Standing proudly atop the Palm, the rose-hued Atlantis is one of the best landmarks in Dubai. It houses celebrity chef restaurants, a 5-star hotel, and heart-pumping range of leisure and entertainment venues. The Aquaventure Waterpark has a lot of water slides to unleash the child within you. It also includes a slide which shoots you to a shark tank. You can splash in the relaxing pools or just chill out on the private beach and sip a cocktail.
Swim with Dolphins, Sharks, and Sea Lions
Even after leaving the water park, the underwater thrill still continues. You may swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Bay at the Atlantis, get face to face with the native sea lions and dive or snorkel through the lagoons at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, which are teeming with over 65000 marine creatures, including 14 species of rays and sharks. Sign up for a sedating yoga session facing the aquarium to do something more relaxing on Tuesday and Friday.
Have a Boozy Brunch to Make Your Weekend more Relaxing
Friday and Saturday are considered weekends in Dubai and you can have some serious brunch on Fridays. Kick start your weekend with a 4-hour feast of mod-Japanese dishes from Nobu Matsuhisa coupled with free-flowing champagne and cocktails in Nobu High Brunch.
Head to the Secret Garden Brunch at Waldorf Astoria for a great brunch with family, where there is a kids’ corner and dining is free for children under 6. The Friday Fork & Cork at Crescendo is another great brunch on the Palm. You can enjoy a range of dishes and live cooking sessions from different parts of the world, at Anantara Dubai – The Palm Resort & Spa.
Splash Tours to get your heart pumping
Kick start your Splash Tours to start a wild ride. The exciting speedboat ride for 90 minutes starts from Dubai Marina and cruises across the Palm Jumeirah. You can also pause for a picture ahead of the Atlantis. Then, you will jet start onto the Burj Al Arab before you sail past some of the most luxurious royal palaces in Dubai.
Paddle across the Palm
If you want something quieter, head to the Palm Jumeirah and witness the calm waters across the coastlines. You can take a guided kayak tour which sets off from the Sofitel hotel and paddle through the crescent while soaking in the views of Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, and the Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest structure. The stand-up Paddleboarding session is the best choice to balance your feet to the test, including pilates and yoga classes in the secluded waters of the Palm. If you are traveling in groups, it is advised to take one of the dragon boats for some spins.
Get Coffee Spiked Spa Treatment to Turn on Your Senses
The Talise Ottoman Spa is one of the most luxurious day spas in Dubai, at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. It has lots of pampering and exciting experiences on offer. You will be buffed and scrubbed at the Coffee Peeling treatment which involves Turkish coffee in the hammam (which is a traditional bathhouse). Or, you can also treat yourself to the full-day session of ‘The World’s Most Luxurious Spa Experience’, which includes face mask made of 24k gold, a diamond body ritual, and a rose bath. It is an ultra-luxurious package which includes a caviar lunch coupled with Champagne and a night stay for the two.
Witness the Iconic Sights from Above with helicopter tour
Have enough cash but running low on time? Discover the most iconic sights of Dubai with the breathtaking City Circuit helicopter tour. The helicopter departs from The Palm Atlantis and flies for 25 minutes, giving a breathtaking aerial view of the Palm and the World Islands. You can also soak in the eagle’s eye view of Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Sheik Zayed Road and its skyscrapers, and the old town and heritage sites of Dubai Creek.
Freefalling at the Palm Jumeirah
You can also fulfill your dream of freefalling here in Dubai. Jump off a plan which cruises around the Palm Jumeirah for the amazing adrenaline rush. At the iconic Palm Dropzone, Skydive Dubai is the best landmark for tandem skydives. It reaches around 120 miles per hour and offers breathtaking views of the Palm, turquoise waters of Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Marina.
Have fun at the Beach Club
There are several chic beach clubs in Dubai which keep you cool in the scorching heat of Dubai. On the trunk of the Palm, Riva Beach Club is the chic retreat with a private stretch of dazzling white sand, singling chilled cocktails at a breezy gazebo bar, a Mediterranean restaurant, and a palm-fringed temperature-controlled swimming pool to take dips all the year round. El Chiringuito is a Spanish beach club located in a lavish hotel named Rixos The Palm Dubai where you can kick back on sun-lounger or settle in a cabana. Taste the delicious Ibiza while soaking into the views of palm trees and bougainvillea on the Palm Jumeirah.