A View From – The Palm, by VanessaTwinsplus Arabia
I moved to an apartment on The Palm just before my twins were born in 2015. It is not somewhere that I ever thought I would live in Dubai, but my husband kindly pointed out that it was no longer going to be only about me. Sometimes he is right as I feel very lucky to live here.
In the early days, it was a huge blessing to be able to step out of my front door and walk around the park in Golden Mile and the green area outside my building. I found many new parents doing the same round and round the track as me with big bags under their eyes and there was comforting sense of camaraderie. I have met some really lovely people here, women from all over the world from different walks of life. I can literally get into the elevator and it transports me down to a twenty step walk down to the beach.
There is a lot to be said for waking up and seeing the ocean every day, albeit a man made one. Now that the girls are older [nearly three and a half at time of writing], when the weather is good they spend all their time outside and have made so many friends.
In the past four years there has been a great deal of development here, Golden mile has several coffee shops and restaurants, an Organic food shop, two supermarkets, a yoga studio, hairdressers, nail bars, two dentists, and Emirates Hospital clinic, money exchange places, two play areas, Little Gladiators, Etisalat and Du and a smattering of small shops selling toys, books, cosmetics and clothes. The Shoreline is dotted with cafes, gourmet grocers, spas and restaurants. There are also some fab hotels around with good restaurants and deals for family day passes. The Fairmont even run Michelin cooking classes for children. The addition of Club Vista Mare had brought a bigger choice of food options, in the winter months long lunches with friends and kids can be enjoyed. The Palm also has its own little alcohol shop.
There are two more projects that are due to be completed soon, Nakheel Mall and also The Pointe, rumoured to be bringing around 160 restaurants.
As with anywhere, living here also has its cons. In my opinion the constant construction is the most annoying part of life on the Palm. I am hoping that they will develop a traffic system that will be able to cope with the extra cars that will be coming on and off the Palm when new apartments and projects finish. For residents of the Shoreline apartments, beach access is restricted or subject to an additional cost. Palm cooling bills can be quite pricey, especially in the summertime months. There are currently three nurseries on the Palm but no primary or secondary schools.
There are a days at a time when I don’t leave the Palm at all as it has everything my life needs right now, right on my doorstep, and that for sure is very lucky.
Sometimes I miss the buzz of living downtown and every once in a while I will arrange to meet a friend for a drink or go to Book World in Dubai Mall. But when I am on my way home and I get onto the trunk of the Palm, I feel like my whole body exhales and I feel very blessed to live here.