Quick guide to The Pointe on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah

The massive Dhs800m development is now open with restaurants, shops and a cinema

Quick guide to The Pointe on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
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Dubai showed no sign of slowing down its expansion in 2018 with a bounty of brand-new boroughs bursting onto the scene. First there was Al Seef, then there was Bluewaters and finally there was The Pointe.

Nakheel’s 1.4million sq ft entertainment and dining development opened in December and boasts a 1.5km promenade with more than 100 restaurants and retail outlets for seafront dining and shopping.

Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel, said: “The Pointe is an iconic, must-see attraction offering remarkable lifestyle experiences for residents and tourists. Inspired by the heritage and culture of the Emirates, it will be a stunning, vibrant and unique addition to Dubai’s dining, retail and entertainment scene.” Excited? We are.

Sounds good, but where is it?
It fills the space at the top of the Palm Jumeirah’s manmade trunk opposite Atlantis The Palm. It’s a soft W shape hugging the coastline with a dancing water fountain as its centrepiece. Small boats will be able to dock nearby and there promises to be a rotation of stellar acts taking to the stage. King of Latin Pop and Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias already performed to excited fans over the festive period. Watch this space for further announcements.

And what is there to see and do?
In a nutshell: 53 places to eat, 17 places to spend your hard-earned cash, two gyms to pump iron, one nightclub/karaoke bar, one huge kids’ play area and the Palm’s first-ever cinema not housed in a swanky hotel or private villa. Oh, and 1,600 places to park.

Cheeky Monkeys
Cheeky Monkeys is Time Out Dubai Kids’ current Best Soft Play Venue and its newest location is where little ones can come together to laugh and make new friends. Inside, there’s a huge soft play area, of course, birthday party venue as well as five levels of fun including slides, trampolines and climbers. It’s the perfect spot for kids to enjoy hours of uninterrupted fun (and exercise).
Dhs55 (first hour) Dhs30 (each hour thereafter). Sat-Thu 6am-9pm; Fri closed. Visit www.cheekymonkeys.com (04 434 3661).

Reel Cinema
Reel Cinemas has teamed up with US TV chef Guy Fieri again for the fourth collaboration. The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host brings his signature American comfort food, but with a twist – as you can order your meal and enjoy it while watching the latest blockbuster. There are three screens with the dine-in option and two where you can just stick to good ol’ cinema treats.
From Dhs40 (cinema only). Open daily 12.30pm-1am. Email enquiries@reelcinemas.ae.

Staying on the food…
With no shortage of excellent places to refuel on the Palm, The Pointe is bridging the gap between fast food and fancy. Why? Well, you’ll find everything from the classic Bargain Bucket at KFC to the gastronomic genius of two Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Vinnay at Rue Royale.

Other highlights include the split level Seafood Kitchen, laid-back tapas bar Palmetto, casual come and go cuisine at Mama Pho, modern, avant-garde Greek fare at Ena and a bit of everything from the Far East at the Asian District.

There are also dessert and milkshake-only cafés, ice cream parlours and a day-to-night casual Asian restaurant that turns into a nightclub and karaoke bar until 5am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. That’s Chalet Berezka, by the way.

Still on the New Year’s diet?
Fit Box Gym
Stick to your resolutions and remain focused on those summer bod’ goals at this boxing club. You can sign up to a range of workout regimes, classes and plans (including boxing, of course) and work with the certified team of instructors to make the most of your efforts. This is from the guys behind Fit Boys Gym and classes are available for men, women and children.
Sat-Thu 6am-9pm; Fri closed. fitboysgym.com (04 434 3661).

Pinpoint Fitness
CrossFit is a new-age fitness regime that combines weight-training and cardio exercises in a single workout, apparently. If that sounds like your cup of tea,Pinpoint Fitness is a state-of-the-art fitness club that specialises in CrossFit. You’ll find varying types of classes for adults as well as kids (ages five to 13) during the week and on weekends. Classes are limited to ten people each, so trainers can provide dedicated attention to each member.
Sun-Thu 6am-9pm; Fri-Sat 6am-midnight. Visit www.pinpointfitness.net (050 358 2383).

Saving the best ’til last…
Palmies listen up: all residents can apply for The Pointe Preferred Palm Resident Card to earn exclusive savings, discounts and deals. You have to be a Palm resident and able to provide a valid tenancy contract and/or ownership certificate contract to complete the application. Once verified, you can take advance of a wealth of different offers. Current promotions include 15 percent of kids and teen fitness classes at Pinpoint Fitness, Dhs20 off two hours of soft play at Cheeky Monkeys, free drinks at Juiced and even a free pearl necklace at Palazzo Jewellery (terms and conditions apply).
Open now, times vary. Palm Jumeirah, thepoint.ae (04 390 9999).

In numbers
How many screens are showing blockbusters in the dine-in Reel Cinema.

The number of shops, restaurants, gyms, salons and more ready to be explored.

The size of the Palm Jumeirah destination in sq ft.

The total cost in dirhams Nakheel spent on the development.

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