The world’s largest man-made island – Palm Jumeirah

One of the world’s most daring developments, the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is a heaven for vacationers. Built from reclaimed land stretching 5 km into the Arabian Gulf this man-made archipelago was built in the shape of a palm tree, with a 3-mile-long trunk and a fan of fronds lined with luxury villas and five-star hotels.

Palm Jumeirah developer was Nakheel, a real estate company now owned by the government of Dubai. Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock, an American architectural firm, drew up the master plan. The island were made mostly from sand dredged from the floor of the Persian Gulf, but the side of the crescent that is exposed to the open sea was shored up with stones and boulders from the mainland. Construction began on the world’s largest man-made island back in 2001, with the first homes handed over in 2006, and today the Palm Jumeirah spans five square kilometres, adding 78 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline.

It is home to peaceful beaches, lavish villas, elegant apartments, and a string of luxury hotels, which includes the world-famous, Atlantis the Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, One&Only The Palm and many more. At least 10,000 people lived in Palm Jumeirah; some estimates were much higher in the second decade of the 21st century.

There are fantastic fine dining options, such as Nobu and 101 Dining Lounge, and more than 80 restaurants, lounges and other attractions at The Pointe, located along a scenic promenade at the tip of The Palm.