Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island with a palm shape located in Jumeira costal area in Dubai that has become a symbol of the Arab Emirates. Although it is the smallest island within a project of three artificial palm islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira) in United Arab Emirates, it is so vast it can be seen from space and was the first offshore development of its kind. The island consists of 17 fronds surrounded by a an 11 km long crescent which connects to the top of the palm by an underwater tunnel. The area is accessible from the mainland through a bridge.
Palm Jumeirah is build from natural materials with sand and rock extracted from the Persian Gulf seafloor. The three palm islands project’s main objective was to increase Dubai shoreline by 520 kilometers and to transform the city into a world class holiday destination. The area extends 31 square kilometer and the total cost of the project is estimated at 12 billion dollars. Construction began in june 2001 and most part of the properties were ready to hand over by october 2007. By the end of 2009, 28 hotels were opened on the Crescent.
Hotels and resorts
The Palm Jumeira has a number of hotels, resorts, residences restaurants and private villas. One of the key attractions on the artificial archipelago is the Atlantis Hotel and waterpark. There are more than 25 international hotels on the island.
- Atlantis The Palm is a water themed resort built on the Jumeirah Palm crescent. The hotel has over 1500 roos and is complemented by the Aquaventure Waterpark which is a key attraction itself.
- Kempinski Hotel & Residences
- Oceana, The Palm Jumeirah
- Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
- Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
- Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
- Fairmont The Palm
- Bread Street Kitchen. With its elegant style and British European menu, located in the astonishing Atlantis hotel,
this restaurant is remindful of Gordon Ramsay’s original Bread Street Kitchen in London.
- Brunello Restaurant, located in the Kempinski Hotel & Residences