The beach itself is safe, but you need to be careful in the water because of the stingrays. They like to hover over the sand in shallow waters. People wading in knee deep water at the beach often step on stingrays, and then they learn why they're called stingrays. You can also occasionally see poisonous water snakes swimming in the water, but I've never heard of bathers getting bit by one. I've seen a few small sharks there, but never heard of anyone experiencing sharkbite. Crabs, yes, but who's afraid of crabs? Whales? No. On the other hand, up in Abu Dhabi a few years a go, a foreign woman drowned due to a severe blow on the head (delivered by a jetski driven by a member of the royal family, but we're not allowed to talk about that). I don't know about purchasing land at the Palm Island, though. If global warming does all the scientists say it will, only the upper story of highrises on Palm Island will be above water.