The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island that, from the air, looks like a palm tree. Considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the world, the Palm Jumeirah islands are one of the most thrilling and inspiring tourist destinations in the region. There are over thirty hotels offering top class luxury, many Dubai villa rentals and numerous upscale shops, boutiques, restaurants and leisure facilities. The trunk of the Palm Jumeirah is a road that is two kilometres long with numerous branches leading to the left and right. Towards the end of the last century, Dubai wanted to expand its tourism industry but only had a limited amount of natural shoreline. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed decided to commission three islands, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira that would literally double Dubai’s 70 kms of white sand beachfront.The Palm Jumeirah is connected to Dubai by a 6-lane highway and also by a monorail enabling people to travel to and from the mainland with ease. Situated along the Palm Jumeirah highway are several hotels with superb restaurants including the Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort, and the Trump Hotel and Tower, which are accompanied by elegant shops gilding what is known as The Golden Mile.Other attractions within Palm Jumeirah include the residential resort and leisure park called Kingdom of Sheba and the Taj spas complemented by beachfront homes that have breathtaking views. Palm Jumeirah offers visitors numerous attractions including opportunities to get up close and personal with dolphins, enjoy unbelievably thrilling waterslides or discover the lost city of Atlantis by swimming through a labyrinth of underwater ruins. For some visitors to Palm Jumeirah it is the designer shopping that makes it so special. For others it is the contrast between the beauty of the environment contrasted with the excitement of the nightlife. But for most, what makes Palm Jumeirah such a wonderful place to visit is its golden beaches and magical water which is perfect for kayaking, windsurfing and for enjoying the marine life.