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Palm Islands & the World
Palm Islands & the World

Palm Islands & the World

Free admission
Al Sufouh Road, Dubai

The Basics

Always in constant renovation, the Palm Islands and the World are home to a mix of leisure, residential, marina, and commercial structures. Visit the islands on a speedboat, rigid-inflatable boat (RIB), or Jet Ski tour which typically take visitors from the Dubai Marina to the Palm Jumeirah archipelago.

Alternatively, take in bird’s-eye views over the Palm Islands and the World on a flightseeing tour aboard a helicopter or seaplane. Heading to the Observation Deck at the Burj Khalifa or one of the city's many other high-rise skyscrapers is another way to see the sprawling development from above.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • There are a wide variety of small-group and private tours which allow you to view the islands either by boat or helicopter, some in combination with Dubai city tours.

  • The layout of the islands is best appreciated from above.

  • Expect sky-high temperatures of up to 110°F (43°C) in summer.

  • Dubai's famed Atlantis hotel, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and Lost Chambers Aquarium are set on Palm Jumeirah.

  • January and February are considered peak season on the islands and prices are hiked accordingly.

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Getting to the islands is easiest via private vehicle or organized tour with transportation included. However, independent travelers can take a 10-minute ride out to the tip of the palm from the Palm Gateway Monorail station situated on the coast. Taxis also drive out to palm leaves.

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai


Visiting—or staying on—the Palm Islands and the World is possible year-round and the islands' attractions, such as shops, beach clubs, and resorts, are open all year. However, the best time to visit for a quieter (and slightly less sweltering) experience is from November–December and March–April.

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After your visit to the luxurious Palm Islands and the World, take in some more of Dubai's extravagance. Scale the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa; snap a photo with one of the largest picture frames in the world; or zipline through the city on the XLine Dubai Marina.

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