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Explore Dubai's impressive islands

Wed, August 31, 2022

Whether you want to stay, shop, dine or unwind by the sea, there's an array of islands in Dubai to explore.

Whether you want to stay, shop, dine or unwind by the sea, there's an array of islands in Dubai to explore.


Bluewaters Island

A short drive from the Dubai Marina neighbourhood, Bluewaters Island hosts everything from spectacular hotels and sun-kissed beach clubs to more than 200 shops and restaurants. The record-breaking Ain Dubai is the centrepiece of this lifestyle destination, but don't miss the chance to snap a selfie with wax figurines of superstars like Justin Bieber at Madame Tussauds too. Afterwards, have a meal to remember at dining hotspots such as Clay and The London Project.

Palm Jumeirah

Named after its distinctive palm tree outline, this manmade marvel is an unmissable sight so head straight to The View at The Palm to take in the sky-high views. Back on the ground, Palm Jumeirah offers plenty to do. Enjoy a stay at one of its many luxury resorts like Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and FIVE Palm Jumeirah or spend a day at the trunk’s beachfront destination Palm West Beach. Foodies have their pick of places too as there are over 80 eateries at The Pointe alone, with vistas of The Palm Fountain adding to the allure.

Pearl Jumeira

Pearl Jumeirah

If you are looking for the perfect beachside spot to take in some sun, skyline views and good vibes, then head over to Pearl Jumeira. Home to a trio of Nikki Beach venues — Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Nikki Beach Residences and Nikki Beach Club, this Dubai island is a popular choice for those looking for a chic stay and waterside vibes. Fancy dinner aboard a floating hotel? Then head to the magnificent Queen Elizabeth 2, located just minutes away.


Dubai Islands


Located nearby Old Dubai, the Dubai Islands are home to beautiful beachfronts and all-inclusive resorts like RIU Hotels and Resorts and Centara Hotels and Resorts where families can unwind. Accessible by both land and sea, the islands have six marinas that can accommodate a host of yachts. Meanwhile, those wanting to indulge in retail therapy can hop over to Souk Al Marfa that houses over 400 shops, selling everything from carpets and spices to clothing and gifts.


The World Islands

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This famed archipelago, designed to resemble a world map, currently has two spectacular ‘islands’ open to visitors. Check in to the Anantara World Islands for an unforgettable getaway. A 15-minute boat ride from The Palm will take you straight to the resort’s home (named Clarence Island) where lavish seaside suites and alfresco dining awaits. Looking for upbeat vibes? The Island beach club on Lebanon Island features trendy beach areas, pools and views of the impressive Dubai skyline.

Crescent Moon Island

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Named after its distinct shape, the Crescent Moon Island is located around 70kms from the Dubai’s coastline. Several leading tour operators, including Sky and Sea Adventures, now organise seasonal fishing trips, luxury yacht cruises and specialist dives at this hidden gem, which is rich in colourful marine life. Dive in and you'll likely spot groupers, snappers, barracudas, rockfish and more.

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