The master developer responsible for the Palm Jebel Ali project is none other than Nakheel Properties. Established in 2000 by the Dubai government, Nakheel is one of the world’s leading real estate developers.

A state-owned company, Nakheel has played a pivotal role in ensuring Dubai’s many ambitious real estate development projects have been realized and is today, possibly more than ever, a key contributor to its future vision.

Other Developers

While Nakheel is the master developer of Palm Jebel Ali, it is not the sole developer involved in this expansive project. Similar to Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali is set to feature a diverse array of projects spearheaded by a multitude of real estate developers. This collaborative approach will ensure a variety of styles, amenities, and architectural innovations are developed.

Nakheel History

Nakheel’s history is closely tied to Dubai’s rapid development in the early 2000s. The company gained international fame for its ambitious projects, such as the World Islands and of course the Palm Jumeirah.  These projects, especially Palm Jumeirah, have played a huge contribution to the “Dubai” brand and helped make the city into the global hub it is today.  

Type of Developments by Nakheel

Nakheel’s portfolio includes a wide range of developments, including residential, commercial, and retail. The company’s developments can be found across many of Dubai’s top communities where they are known for their scale, innovation, and cutting-edge design.

Key Residential Projects by Nakheel:

  • Palm Jumeirah: Known for its unique palm-tree shape, the palm is home to luxury real estate, white sandy beaches and some of Dubai’s best entertainment venues.
  • Jumeirah Islands: A unique development of 40-plus islands, where each island consists of 16 villas, arranged around artificial lakes in a community-focused setting.
  • Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC): A popular family-oriented mixed-use community, offering a range of apartments, villas, and townhouses.
  • Jumeirah Park: A residential villa community featuring spacious properties surrounded by landscaped parks and amenities.
  • Dubai Islands: A bald new project consisting of five mand maed islands off the coast of Diera. Set to include beachfront resorts, luxury hotels, residential communities and more.

Key Commercial Projects

  • International City: A themed commercial, residential, and retail complex, including Dragon Mart, the largest China market outside mainland China.
  • Dragon Mart: An enormous mall specializing in an immense range of  Chinese goods. This project is a key component of the International City community.
  • Nakheel Mall: Featuring more than 250 outlets Nakheel Mall is a stunning new shopping, dining, and entertainment destination at the heart of Palm Jumeirah.
  • Ibn Battuta Mall: The world’s largest themed shopping mall the Ibn Battuta Mall features six courts designed around different world regions.

These vastly different projects demonstrate Nakheel’s range in developing mixed-use spaces and communities. What they also demonstrate is the resilience and unwavering ambition that forms part of Nakheel’s DNA. This ambition not only reshaped Dubai’s real estate landscape but has also played a significant role in the city’s economic growth and standing on the world stage.


Who is Nakheel Properties?

Nakheel Properties is a premier real estate developer based in Dubai. The company is known for its pioneering projects that have shaped Dubai into the city it is today. Its most iconic development is the world-famous Palm Jumeirah island.

What are some of the new projects by Nakheel?

New projects by Nakeheel include master development such as Dubai Islands, The World and of course the Plam Jebel Ali.

who is the owner of Nakheel?

Nakheel is a company owned by the Dubai Government.

What type of properties does Nakheel develop?

Nakheel develops residential, commercial, leisure and retail projects. Its residential projects included everything from luxury villas to high rise apartments.