THE PALM JUMEIRAH
Dubai is known for its world firsts. One astounding example is the series of artificial archipelagos in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf. Palm Jumeirah, which looks like a stylised palm tree from above, was the first offshore development of its kind, and was originally billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
In addition to the many hotels and resorts on the islands, you can sail around Palm Jumeirah in a yacht or speedboat offered by one of the many private touring companies, or hop aboard the Palm Monorail that runs to the Atlantis resort.
The Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, built over the rocks of the Palm’s breakwater is six metres wide and stretches along the coast for 11 kilometres, from Rixos hotel on the crescent’s east side to the One&Only The Palm on the west. The boardwalk features not only beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf as well as Dubai’s skylines, but is also home to refreshment and souvenir concessions, including a line-up of food trucks. Future developments include various retail promenades and east and west piers, each stretching 100 metres out to sea and boasting glass-encased cafes and restaurants to enjoy the views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline.