Cruising the Arabian Waters Around Palm Jumeirah

So huge you can see it from the space. Visiting the world’s largest man-made island is an experience that is unmistakably Dubai, so we jumped at the chance when we found out that there’s a small boat tour circling around Palm Jumeirah.

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

[Image Credit: NASA]

We departed at 12 noon from Dubai Marina. Although the afternoon sun was mercilessly hot, I couldn’t contain the excitement. Like most people, I’ve seen the mesmerizing aerial shots of Palm Jumeirah many times before, but I have zero idea what’s actually inside there.

With Dubai being a huge property market, in a way I was expecting to see luxury homes and resorts that are ridiculously overpriced you could never live in them unless you’re secretly married to an Arabian Sheikh… which is probably still true. But unlike other parts of Dubai, the buildings in Palm Jumeirah understand what understated elegance means. These buildings don’t carry any superlative tags, but they are straight-up gorgeous!

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray‘s facade looks like it’s lifted directly from the Turkish Ottoman era

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and the Grandeur Residences, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa evokes the grandeur of Rajasthan palaces

Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The imposing Kempinski Hotel & Residences is among the first to be built in the Palm

Kingdom of Sheba and Balqis Residence, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kingdom of Sheba and Balqis Residence might as well be real-life LEGO apartments

Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The renowned Atlantis the Palm resort is definitely the most beautiful

We also briefly visited the iconic Burj Al Arab to have a different vantage point. It looks just as beautiful from the sea as it is from the land. The smaller, but still interesting Jumeirah Beach Hotel can be seen more clearly from here though. The two hotels complement each other aesthetically.

Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On our way back, as we passed through the Palm one last time, something unexpected happen. We saw this cool yacht that is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Named “Dubai”, this is the third largest yacht in the world.

Called 'Dubai', this yacht is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Overall, we had an excellent time cruising around Palm Jumeirah. It’s a different experience, and even with the horrible sun above us, I still recommend doing the boat cruise if you’re visiting Dubai.

Have you ever visited Palm Jumeirah or the area around it? How was your experience?

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