Dubai's southernmost districts are popular upmarket residential areas, but they also brim with luxurious beachfront resorts and restaurants, as well as some of the city's most glamorous see-and-be-seen nightclubs. Aside from tanning and swimming, daytime diversions here include strolls along the Dubai Marina waterfront, The Walk at JBR and The Beach at JBR and, very soon, rides on the world's largest observation wheel: Ain Dubai.
Jutting into the Gulf is the Palm Jumeirah (joo-MEE-ruh), an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree with a 2km-long trunk, 16-frond crown and 11km-long crescent-shaped breakwater. The smallest of three planned artificial islands, the Palm is home to still more glittering resorts, as well as the Aquaventure water park. Meanwhile, further south lies the rapidly developing site of the World Expo 2020, along with the stellar theme parks of Dubai Parks & Resorts.