Palm Jumeirah

Metro: Nakheel
The Palm Jumeirah (also referred to by its Arabic name of Nakhlat Jumeira) is synonymous with Dubai’s extravagance, and the rental prices on the man-made island match its reputation. In a recent survey, local estate agents said The Palm is one of the most sought-after areas for families due to its wide range of facilities and the fact it’s away from the hustle and bustle.

There is a monorail system linking areas on The Palm and an extension linking the monorail to the metro is being constructed and should be functioning by the end of 2014.

Al Sufouh is 10-15 minutes’ drive and has several popular expat schools.

Medical centres at JBR and Al Sufouh are within a 15 minute drive.

Construction is due to start on a huge mall, The Pointe, due to be completed by 2016. Dubai Marina Mall is a 15 minute drive.

Several high-class hotels are now open on the Palm including Sofitel The Palm, Atlantis and Rixos The Palm, all offering an array of superb restaurants and bars. There are also a few licensed restaurants and bars in the Shoreline Apartments on the trunk – The Palm is becoming a high-class hub for dining and partying. Also, the marina and Madinat Jumeirah are five minutes away by car.

The Atlantis hotel houses several attractions including a waterpark and dolphinarium. This is also the home of the hugely popular Sandance festival, which sees world famous rock and dance groups perform on the adjacent beach.

The Palm has its own yacht marina, and the calm waters make it excellent for hiring watersports gear from the area’s hotels – Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is becoming more and more popular here.

The trunk of the island is made up of large one to four-bedroom apartments, and a one-bedroom and the fronds are covered in nearly identical three to six-bedroom villas. Traffic onto the island isn’t a problem (unless there’s a large event) and there is plenty of parking underneath the apartment buildings and next to the villas.

Despite the Palm’s obviously engineered shape when viewed from above, once you’ve got your feet planted on it, it doesn’t appear quite so symmetrical.
Annual rental prices: One-bedroom from Dhs.95,000.
Three-bedroom townhouse from Dhs.240,000.

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