Palm Jumeirah

Iconic man-made island is one of the wonders of Dubai

What’s the area like?
Groundbreaking. Or rather, groundmaking. The first in Nakheel’s manmade offshore Palm island series (set to include the Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali in time), the fact that people now actually live on Palm Jumeirah is awe-inspiring – as, unfortunately, are the prices.

Amenities
Like an extremely expensive university campus, everything you need is right on your doorstep. Most clusters of apartments and villas have ‘club houses’ which include a pool, social area, children’s playground, gym and affordable restaurants. Complexes also have supermarkets and pharmacies at hand and the islands’ Bidi Bondi beach bar is hot for both residents and curious visitors alike.

Best for
Families, professionals and foreign investors.

Pros
Apart from living on one of the most exciting developments in history, you’re surrounded by beaches (it being an island and all), you’re close to the Marina, JBR and Barsha, as well as Ibn Battuta and Mall of the Emirates. There’s also Atlantis hotel and Aquaventure to visit. Oh, and then there are the stunning views of both the Arabian Ocean and Dubai’s ‘mainland’. You might even spot the odd passing shark.

Cons
With just the one trunk, traffic flow can be a problem, although an abra system is in the works. Restricted space on branches also means parking is an issue, even for residents.

On the radar
The Trump Tower is currently being constructed (expected to contain Dubai’s most expensive apartments), the Palm Mall is underway and the vast Dubai Pearl development is coming along just off the islands.

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