15 Best Things to do in Palm Jumeirah (Dubai)

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Palm Jumeirah: The 15 Best things to do + Activities + Tips

You want to know more about the best things to do in Palm Jumeirah?

You’re at the right place!

In order to help you plan your visit, I have prepared this guide of the 15 best things to do in Palm Jumeirah, with all points of interest and must-see attractions.

So, what are the best places to visit in Palm Jumeirah? Where to stay?

1. Atlantis Hotel

Located on the external rim of the island, the Atlantis Hotel is for sure the most famous landmark of Palm Jumeirah.

In addition to being a luxurious place to stay, it’s also a must-see destination for travelers thanks to its numerous tourist attractions.

Here are the best activities to do at the Atlantis Hotel:

  • Go to the Aquaventure Waterpark, one of the biggest in the world (more info at point #2)
  • Visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium: you can even book a snorkeling or a diving session in the aquarium! (more info at point #3)
  • Relax at ShuiQi Spa, the 5-star Spa of the hotel or pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure at the Nail Spa
  • Go to the hotels many swimming pools or head to the private beach for some sunbathing and water sports.

And when it’s time to eat, you will be spoilt for choice: The Atlantis hotel features more than 20 restaurants and bars serving everything from international cuisine to classic American food.

If you want to stay at the Atlantis hotel during your trip to Dubai, you need to book your room here:

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At the Atlantis Hotel, you can even swim and play with dolphins at “Dolphin Bay”!

You have the choice between 2 activities (simply click on the orange links for more info and to book):

No matter which one you opt for, an entrance ticket to Aquaventure Waterpark is always included in the price!

Playing and swimming with Dolphins - Atlantis Dubai
Playing and swimming with Dolphins – Atlantis Dubai

2. Aquaventure Waterpark

The Aquaventure Waterpark is part of the Atlantis hotel.

As one of the largest water parks in the world, Aquaventure holds the record for the most water slides in one park.

There, you will be able to experience some of the world’s best water slides and take a thrilling journey through a shark-infested tunnel!

Of course, you also have more relax options, such as letting you float on a buoy on the Lazy River or sunbath at the private beach.

And for the little ones, there’s also a kids’ club, a playground, and a games room to keep them entertained.

As the Aquaventure Waterpark is super famous, you really need to book your entrance ticket in advance if you don’t want to queue up at the entrance. The tickets needs to be bought by clicking here.

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If you’re planning to visit both the Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium, you should consider purchasing a combo ticket. It’s the best way to save money!

Entrance to the Aquaventure park is included in the Dubai Explorer Pass.

Visit Dubai with children: The Aquaventure Water Park
Visit Dubai with children: Aquaventure Water Park

3. Lost Chambers Aquarium

While spending the day at Aquaventure park, you should take the opportunity to visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium, the biggest aquarium in Dubai.

Built around the legend of the Atlantis this aquarium is unlike any other: it’s designed to look like the mythical lost city!

During your visit, you will explore the underwater world of the Atlantis, the Lost Chambers Aquarium’s unique underwater maze.

This winding network of tunnels, filled with a variety of sea creatures, provides an immersive experience for visitors. You can observe a wide range of aquatic life, from colorful tropical fish to graceful stingrays, and sharks, as you make your way through the maze.

There are also plenty of interactive exhibits to discover, such as touch tanks or feeding sessions that allow you to get up close and personal with the marine life.

When you’re done visiting the inside, you can head to the open-air lagoon, which is home to dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine animals.

You need to book your ticket to the Lost Chambers Aquarium by clicking here.

And if you also plan to go to the Aquaventure Park, the best is to get the combined ticket “Aquaventure Waterpark + The Lost Chambers Aquarium” by clicking on the button below. You will save money!

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You’re looking for adventure?

This aquarium offers something totally amazing: you have the opportunity to go snorkeling or diving with the fish, inside the aquarium!

As you imagine, it’s a unique experience you will never forget.

This small group activity needs to be booked in advance here (simply click on the orange links):

Lost Chambers Aquarium Dubai
Lost Chambers Aquarium – Dubai

4. The Pointe

The Pointe is a shopping and entertainment complex located at the tip of Palm Jumeirah, just in front of the Atlantis hotel.

The first thing you will notice is that The Pointe is very different than the other malls in Dubai: It’s mostly open air and located on the sea side!

Here, you can find stores selling everything from designer clothes to souvenirs as well as has a wide range of entertainment options, such as cinemas, bowling alleys, and laser tag.

Of course, there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes with terraces on the sea side.

So take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, take some time to relax, have a drink and enjoy the stunning views over the Arabian Gulf.

Atlantis The Palm Hotel Dubai
View over the Hotel Atlantis The Palm, from The Pointe

5. The Palm fountain show

Located at The Pointe, The Palm Fountain Show is a must-see for travelers of all ages.

Currently the world’s largest and most advanced dancing fountain (more than 14,000 square meters!), the fountain stretches out along the waterfront, creating a stunning visual spectacle that can be seen from far.

Illuminated with 3,000 LED lights and towering at an impressive height of 105 meters, the Palm Fountain puts on spectacular shows daily from sunset to midnight.

The Palm Fountain show is free to watch, so grab a seat on one of the benches that line the waterfront and watch the show in comfort, or take a stroll along the promenade and enjoy the sights and sounds of the fountain from different angles!

The Palm Fountain
The Palm Fountain

6. The view at the Palm observation deck

If you are looking for a breathtaking view over Dubai, you should definitely go to “The View at The Palm” observation deck.

The observation platform “The View”, located on the 52nd floor of the building named “The Palm” offers a 360-degree panoramic view over Palm Jumeirah, the coast and the city of Dubai!

As always in Dubai, you should book your ticket in advance to avoid waiting and get a better price! To do so, simply click on the button below:

In addition to the observation deck, the highest infinity pool in the world is located in the same building, at the 50th floor.

To take a dip and enjoy the sumptuous view of Dubai from the AURA Skypool, you must book on the official website.

Aura Sky Pool
Aura Sky Pool

7. Helicopter flight above Palm Jumeirah

You want to get an even better view over Palm Jumeirah?

Then you should book a helicopter flight, departing from the Atlantis Hotel!

From up there, you will get the ultimate viewpoint over the Palm and Dubai skyline 😎.

The helicopter flight needs to be booked online. Depending on your budget, you can opt for various flight durations, ranging from 12 minutes to 1h. It can be the perfect present for a birthday gift, a wedding anniversary or any occasion!

To book your helicopter flight, simply click on the button below:

Helicopter Flight Atlantis the Palm
Helicopter Flight Atlantis the Palm

 

8. Boat trip to Palm Jumeirah

Another great way to discover Palma Jumeirah from another angle is to go on a boat trip!

Starting from Dubai Marina, you will enjoy amazing viewpoints over the luxury hotels of the Palm. The boat will even stop in front of the Atlantis hotel to allow you to take beautiful pictures.

All the cruise to the Palm are doing the same itinerary, the only difference is the type of boat.

And well, as you’re in Dubai, in addition to the “normal” boat trips, you’ve got the chance to experience a VIP yacht or even mega yacht cruise!

Most of these boat tours features a lunch or dinner buffet.

To make it easier for you, here is the summary of all boat trip to Palm Jumeirah. Simply click on the orange links for more info and to book:

Boat trips in DubaiDescriptionPrice (from)
Yacht cruiseYacht Cruise
(barbecue included)
55$
Boat trip around the PalmBoat trip to the Burj Al Arab42$
Dubai Marina cruiseDinner cruise around Palm Jumeirah (buffet included)55$
luxury cruiseDinner cruise on a mega yacht - with buffet65$
Dhow cruiseTraditional boat trip (buffet included)40$
Yacht PartyYacht party + barbecue + Drinks + DJ95$
Private cruisePrivate boat trip from Dubai marina215$ per group (up to 8 ppl)
Private boat tripPrivate yacht cruise515$ per group (up to 15 ppl)
Dubai Explorer PassCruise included with the Dubai Pass175$ (price for the 3 attractions version)

9. Nakheel Mall

In addition to the Pointe, the Nakheel Mall is another great option to go shopping or eating in Palm Jumeirah.

located at the beginning of The Palm, it’s much less crowded than the other malls in Dubai such as Dubai Mall or the Mall of the Emirates.

Nevertheless, with over 300 stores and restaurants as well as a 15-screen cinema and other activities, there is plenty to keep you busy there!

If i am mentioning this shopping center in this guide of the best things to do in Palm Jumeirah, it’s also because the entrance to The View at The Palm observation deck I mentioned above is located at lvl2 of Nakheel Mall.

So there is a good chance that you will pass by during your visit to The Palm.

10. Take the Palm monorail

The Palm monorail is the most convenient way to travel on Palm Jumeirah.

You need to take the monorail at Palm Gateway, the first station and you can stop along the way at the following stations:

  • Al Ittihad park: a public park, not super interesting for tourists. However you can get down here to go to West Palm Beach
  • Nakheel Mall: you can get down at this station if you want to do a bit of shopping, go to “The View at The Palm” observation deck or the Aura Sky Pool
  • The Pointe: For a bit of shopping, to have a drink or a meal and to watch The Palm Fountain show in the evening
  • Atlantis Hotel: To go to Aquaventure Waterpark, the Lost Chambers Aquarium, do the helicopter tour and more!

The monorail tickets to the Atlantis Hotel cost 30 AED round trip.

The Palm Jumeirah monorail

11. Going to the beach at Palm Jumeirah

If you want to go to the beach at Palm Jumeirah, here are your 3 best options:

  • West Palm beach: a 1.5km stretch of sand located at the start of Palm Jumeirah. You will find numerous restaurants, private beaches and a nice view over Dubai Marina skyline. To go there, take the monorail and stop at Al Ittihad Park or Nakheel mall.
  • White Beach (previously called Nasimi Beach): The private beach of the Atlantis Hotel
  • Aquaventure Beach: The private beach of the Aquaventure Waterpark. Your entrance ticket includes access to this private beach!
West Palm Koko bay
West Palm – Koko bay

The 4 Best Things to do around Palm Jumeirah

12. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a vibrant waterfront neighborhood located close to Palm Jumeirah.

With its stunning skyscrapers, world-class hotels, and luxurious yachts, Dubai Marina is a must-visit destination for travelers to Dubai!

Here are the best things to do in Dubai Marina:

  • Take a stroll along the marina promenade and the harbor:

You can admire the beautiful yachts docked in the marina, and take in the stunning views of the city’s towering skyscrapers.

The promenade is also home to a number of cafes, restaurants, and shops, so you can grab a bite to eat or do some souvenir shopping as you walk along.

  • Go on a Yacht Cruise from Dubai Marina

This 2-3 hours boat tour will allow you to discover Dubai from a new perspective. You will even pass by the famous Atlantis Hotel, known for its distinctive architecture. The Lunch (barbecue) is included.

This luxury boat trip departs several times a day during high season.

To book your luxury yacht cruise in Dubai, you need to click on the following button below:

This VIP boat tour is included in the Dubai Explorer Pass.

  • Visit Dubai Marina Mall

This modern shopping center is home to a wide variety of stores, from high-end fashion brands to affordable retailers.

You can also catch a movie at the mall’s cinema, or try out some of the tasty international cuisines at the food court.

Dubai Marina Mall is also the starting point of Dubai X Line.

Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina

13. Dubai X Line

During your visit to Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, you should definitely try the Xline, the longest urban zip line in the world!

You will start 170m above the ground, from the top of a building and then fly amidst buildings and over Dubai Marina at more than 70 km/h.

I really loved it, adrenaline rush guaranteed 😁!

Of course, photos and the video of your heroic deed are included in the price: A superb souvenir of your flight among the skyscrapers in Dubai!

If you want to do something extraordinary and unique in Dubai, this is undoubtedly the right activity for you.

To book your zip line over Dubai Marina and enjoy an extraordinary experience, simply click on the button below:

If the ticket isn’t available, you can also check on this other website (click here).

Zipline-Dubai
Tyrolienne de Dubai

14. Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) – “The Beach” – “The Walk”

A few minutes walk from Dubai Marina, you can go to Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

There, you will find one of the most famous waterfront area of Dubai, made of “The Beach” (sometimes referred to as Dubai Marina Beach) and “The Walk”, the waterfront promenade boarding “The Beach”.

This popular promenade is home to a number of restaurants, cafes, and shops, and is a great place to take in the lively atmosphere of Dubai Marina’s surroundings.

JBR Walk is also a popular spot for runners, so you can get some exercise while you’re there.

And if you prefer to relax, go to the beach, soak up the sun and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf. You can also try out water sports, such as jet ski or stand-up paddle.

Some of Dubai’s most popular seaside hotels are located here (simply click on the orange links for more info and to book):

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai: Located 300 meters from the beach. Rooms and apartments with sea view from 125€, breakfast at 27€. Strong points: The view, the comfortable beds, the location near the beach and the harbor.
  • Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach – Dubai: Located along “The Walk”. Rooms with balcony overlooking the Gulf and Palm Jumeirah from 175€, breakfast at 24€. Strong points: the exceptional view, the proximity of the tram and metro, restaurants and shops at the foot of the hotel.
  • Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach: Located 150 meters from the beach. Contemporary room with balcony and sea view from 230€, breakfast at 22€. Strong points: the infinity pool, the very good breakfast, the spa, the ideal location to enjoy the sea. My favorite hotel in JBR for its excellent value for money!
  • Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments: Located on the port promenade. Elegant and bright double room from 290€, breakfast at 42€. Strong points: Comfort, access to the private beach, the quality of the food.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai: Located directly on the beach of JBR Walk. Elegantly furnished rooms with balcony and sea view from 500€ per night, breakfast at 39€. Strong points: 6 swimming pools, a private beach, the spa, the very helpful staff. The best choice for a luxury stay in JBR!
Jumeirah Beach Residence The beach
The Walk und The Beach/ JBR

 

15. Ain Dubai

The Ain Dubai, also known as the Dubai Eye, is a giant Ferris wheel located in Bluewaters Island resort.

It’s the world’s biggest ferris wheel, standing at a height of 250 metres!

As it’s not too far from Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, you should really add a ride on the Ain Dubai to your itinerary. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the stunning views over the city, the Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands and other landmarks.

In my opinion, the best is to hop on the Ain Dubai around sunset time or at night, when the city is fully lit up.

You need to book your ticket for Ain Dubai Ferris wheel by clicking here:

Ain Dubai
Ain Dubai

How to get to Palm Jumeirah?

To get to Palm Jumeirah when coming from Downtown Dubai or any other part of the city:

  • First, take the metro and stop at DAMAAC Properties station
  • Then take the tram to Palm Jumeirah station
  • Follow the signs to reach the monorail – 5 minutes on foot
  • Take the monorail to reach your destination on Palm Jumeirah (Atlantis Hotel, The Pointe etc…) – 30 AED (round trip). There is a monorail every 15 minutes between 9:00 and 22:00.

Where to Stay in Dubai to visit Palm Jumeirah?

There are hundreds of hotels in Dubai, and choosing the best for your stay can be a bit complicated.

In order to help you out, I have selected for you the best hotels in Dubai for each district, depending on your budget. I have also made a special list of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Dubai.

As always, to get the best prices, you should book your hotel as early as possible!

The best hotels in Downtown Dubai (near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa)

  • DoubleTree of Hilton Dubai – Business Bay: Located 1.5 km from Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. Very spacious and comfortable room, well decorated and equipped from 110€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: free shuttle to the Dubai Mall, good breakfast, comfort, tranquility. This my favorite hotel in Dubai for its exceptional value for money!
  • Rove Downtown: Only 600 meters from the Dubai Mall. Bright and clean double room with view on Burj Khalifa, from 150€, breakfast for 15€. Strong points: Access to the Dubai Mall on foot, helpful staff, free shuttle service to the beach, Dubai Museum or Madinat Souk.
  • Taj Dubai: Located 800 meters from Burj Khalifa. Modern and luxurious room with bay window overlooking the city and marble bathroom starting at 220€ per night, breakfast at 32€. Strong points: The magnificent view from the roof, the Indian decoration, the large swimming pool. An excellent hotel in Dubai city center, perfect for a romantic stay!
  • Palace Downtown: Located on the lake at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, this 5-star hotel offers magnificent rooms with balcony, with an exceptional view of the Burj Khalifa. From 380€ per night, breakfast at 39€. Strong points: the exceptional location, the beautiful surroundings, the very attentive and helpful staff. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Downtown Dubai!
Palace Downtown - luxury hotel at the foot of the Burj Khalifa
Palace Downtown – luxury hotel at the foot of the Burj Khalifa

The best hotels in old Dubai (Deira and Bur Dubai)

  • Golden Sands Hotel Apartments: Located in Bur Dubai, 1.5 km from the Dubai Museum. Apartment equipped with kitchenette and washing machine, from 80€ per night, breakfast from 11€. Strong points: Cleanliness, the heated swimming pool, the comfortable apartments
  • Swissôtel Al Ghurair Dubai: Located in Deira district. Warm and spacious room from 115€, breakfast at 27€. Strong points: the pleasant staff, the view, the good breakfast. It’s my favourite in Old Dubai for its excellent value for money!
  • Hyatt Regency Creek Heights Residences: Located next to Creekside Park. Very spacious, super comfortable and very well equipped rooms starting at 130€ per night, breakfast at 33€. Strong points: 5 minutes walk from the metro, the warm welcome, the quiet location, the spa.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek: 5* hotel located in Deira bay. Double room with balcony overlooking the bay from 150€, breakfast at 29€. Strong points: The proximity of the metro and the shops, the beautiful swimming pool, the comfortable bed and the amazing view. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Old Dubai!

Dubai’s best beach hotels

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai: Located 300 meters from the beach. Rooms and apartments with sea view from 125€, breakfast at 27€. Strong points: The view, the comfortable beds, the location near the beach and the harbor.
  • Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach – Dubai: Located along “The Walk”. Rooms with balcony overlooking the Gulf and Palm Jumeirah from 175€, breakfast at 24€. Strong points: the exceptional view, the proximity of the tram and metro, restaurants and shops at the foot of the hotel.
  • Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach: Located 150 meters from the beach. Contemporary room with balcony and sea view from 230€, breakfast at 22€. Strong points: the infinity pool, the very good breakfast, the spa, the ideal location to enjoy the sea.
  • Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments: Located on the port promenade. Elegant and bright double room from 290€, breakfast at 42€. Strong points: Comfort, access to the private beach, the quality of the food.

The most beautiful luxury hotels in Dubai

  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai: One of the emblematic hotels of the city, located in Palm Jumeirah. Room from 300€, breakfast from 42€. Strong points: Includes access to Aquaventure Park and The Lost Chambers aquarium, private beach, swimming pools.
  • Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites – Ultra All Inclusive: Also located in Palm Jumeirah, this luxury hotel offers all inclusive rooms (all meals included) from 452€. Strong points: the quality of the meals, the setting, the amazing rooms.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai: Located directly on the beach of JBR Walk. Elegantly furnished rooms with balcony and sea view from 500€ per night, breakfast at 39€. Strong points: 6 swimming pools, a private beach, the spa, the very helpful staff.
  • Armani Hotel Dubai: Located in the Burj Khalifa Tower! Rooms decorated by the fashion designer Giorgio Armani, starting at 550€ per night, breakfast at 41€. Strong points: the privilege of sleeping in the Burj Khalifa, the refinement of the place, the view.
  • Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah: Located in Palm Jumeirah. Luxury suite with living room and dining room starting at 750€, breakfast included. Strong points: The private beach, the huge swimming pool and the beautiful gardens.
  • Burj Al Arab Jumeirah: THE luxury hotel, one of the rare 7* hotels in the world! The “smallest” suite is 170m² and prices start at 1290€, breakfast at 74€. I can assure you that your stay in Dubai will be truly exceptional and unforgettable!
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You didn’t find your dream hotel in this selection?

You should thus have a look at my article about the best hotels in Dubai by clicking on the following link: Where to stay in Dubai?

Deira - Al Bandar Rotana - Dubaï Creek -
Deira – Al Bandar Rotana – Dubaï Creek

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