Palm Jumeirah (25°07′00″N 55°08′00″E) is the site of private residences and hotels.
From the air, the archipelago resembles a stylized palm tree within a circle.
Construction began in 2001 and was largely financed from Dubai’s income from petroleum.
By 2009, 28 hotels were opened on the site.
Palm Jebel Ali (25°00′N 54°59′E) is a similar archipelago, construction of which began in 2006, and as of 2018, had been put on hold.
The Deira Islands are four artificial islands connected to the mainland by a bridge.
As of 2014, a shopping mall was being developed on one of the islands.
The construction of The Palm Islands has had a significant impact on the surrounding environment, resulting in changes to area wildlife, coastal erosion, alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns.
Sediment stirred up by construction has suffocated and injured local marine fauna and reduced the amount of sunlight that filters down to seashore vegetation.
Variations in alongshore sediment transport have resulted in changes in erosion patterns along the UAE coast, which altered wave patterns have also exacerbated as the waters of the Persian Gulf attempt to move around the new obstruction of the islands.