The futuristic city of Dubai is a real dream destinations and one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever been to. Thanks to the majestic skyscrapers, beautiful parks, gorgeous flower installations, never ending highways and insanely beautiful views there are countless places to take pictures in Dubai.
If you’re looking for the most instagrammable places in Dubai, you are in the right place! In this post I collected best Dubai photography spots with their exact locations and a bunch of useful tips about when to visit or how to get there.
Are you planning to visit Abu Dhabi from Dubai? Then you might be interested in reading my guide about the most instagrammable places in Abu Dhabi as well!
Most Instagrammable Places in Dubai
1. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa with its 830 metres (2,723 feet) height is currently the tallest building in the world and not surprisingly it’s also one of the most instagrammable places in Dubai. No Dubai itinerary is complete without going up to the top of the Burj Khalifa!
Not only you will get an incredible view over the city but it’s also one of the best places for photography in Dubai. If you want to take some photos with the Dubai skyline in the background, don’t miss out on the glass viewing platform on the 124th floor. The painted wings inside the building are one of the most famous instagrammable spots in Dubai so make sure to take a photo there as well!
Location on Google Maps: At the Top, Burj Khalifa
How to get there: For public transportation you can use the red metro line that stops at the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station. After that you need to walk approx. 1 km to reach the Burj Khalifa entrance in the Dubai Mall. Alternatively you can use a taxi – ask the driver to drop you off at the Fashion Parking in the Dubai Mall.
Best time to go: Most people choose to go up to the Burj Khalifa for sunset. I suggest doing exactly the opposite and going there for sunrise! The Burj Khalifa sunrise tickets are the cheapest options available and they also include a light breakfast at the cafeteria. The sun rises just in front of the viewing platforms and you don’t have to fight with the crowds to have that perfect Instagram shot. Trust me, it’s totally worth to wake up early for!
Cost: Ticket prices vary based on which levels you want to visit and when. With the standard tickets you can visit the 124-125 levels and they cost between 149-224 AED (40-60 USD). If you wanna go for sunrise you should book the Sunrise + Breakfast option which costs between 149-153 AED (40-42 USD). You can also visit the 148 level which is the highest point of the Burj Khalifa but be prepared for a very pricy experience as the premium tickets cost between 378-533 AED (103-145 USD). If you need more information read this ultimate guide about visiting the Burj Khalifa!
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2. Burj al Arab
Burj al Arab is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world and a true icon of Dubai. Although staying there is very expensive, luckily you don’t need to get inside to take some amazing pictures with it! The best place to take photos with the Burj al Arab is Jumeirah Public beach. The best thing is that the beach is free to visit so it’s definitely worth checking it out, even if you’re visiting Dubai on a budget.
How to get there: Unfortunately there are no metro stations nearby but there are several bus stops around the Jumeirah Beach such as the Wild Wadi or the Maharba Masjid (bus lines: 8, 81, 88, N55, X28). As an alternative option, you can call a taxi which is fairy cheap everywhere in Dubai.
Best time to go: The view from the beach is amazing any time of the day but if you want something special, go there for sunset!
Cost: Visiting the Jumeirah Public Beach is totally free.
3. Dubai Creek Harbour
Dubai Creek Harbour is a fairly new neightborhood in Dubai as they only started to build up the whole complex recently. There are many new constructions going on but a big part of the area is already finished and can be freely visited.
I didn’t really know that when I visited and I expected a lively neighborhood with many bars and restaurants. But in reality it’s a quiet place with only a few locals hanging around. None of the restaurants are opened yet (at least they were not when I visited in the end of 2019), only some playgrounds for the kids.
Anyways, the main reason why it’s worth to visit Dubai Creek Harbour is the amazing view you can get over the city. It’s definitely one of the best photoshoot places in Dubai as you can get an insanely beautiful view over the Dubai skyline from the riverside.
Many people confuse this place with Dubai Creek but while Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek which is now part of the new Dubai canal, Dubai Creek Harbour is a specific neighborhood on the shores of Dubai Creek. So if you want to find the same photography locations you can see on the below pictures, use the exact Google maps location I shared below!
Location on Google Maps: Dubai Creek Harbour
How to get there: As I mentioned the area is still in progress so currently it can’t be reached with public transportation, your only option is taking a taxi. It’s important to know that there are no taxis around the harbour for your return trip either. It means you need to ask you taxi driver to wait for you until you explore the area or make an appointment for your return trip in advance!
Best time to go: Definitely sunset! As you can’t really do anything else around apart from taking a few photos and admiring the views, the best is to visit one hour before sunset. This way you can explore the best photo spots, take some pictures during golden hour, and later on you can see how the Dubai skyline looks in the dark with the lights turned on.
Cost: Apart from the cost of the taxi ride, it’s totally free.
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4. Atlantis, The Palm
Atlantis, The Palm is a legendary hotel in Dubai located on the artificial palm-tree shaped archipelago called Palm Jumeirah. Generally if you are not a guest of the hotel you are not allowed to get inside. But our taxi driver told us a little trick! When the guards at the entrance ask you why you want to get in simply say that you want to visit the shisha bar. They will let you pass and once you’re inside you are free to roam around the hotel!
The hotel itself is really beautiful inside and out but what’s really special about this place is the indoor aquarium. It’s called the Lost Chambers Aquarium and if you want to visit the whole place you need to buy a ticket. It’s quite expensive but it’s totally worth it!
But if you’re the guest of the hotel (or you sneaked in like we did) you can see one part of the aquarium for free! Simply walk towards the entrance of the Lost Chambers Aquarium inside the hotel and once you walk down the stairs you will immediately spot the free part of the Aquarium. It’s a huge aquarium full of fishes, manta rays and sharks. Pretty magical! It was definitely one of the most photogenic places in Dubai.
Location on Google Maps: Atlantis, The Palm
How to get there: Unfortunately public transportation is not an option so you need to take a taxi.
Best time to go: The best is to go in the morning to avoid the crowds at the Aquarium. We visited in the afternoon and it was really hard to shoot a picture without any other people in it!
Cost: The ticket for the Aquarium costs between 110-135 AED (30-37 USD) per person, you can buy the tickets here. If you don’t want to visit the whole Aquarium and you manage to get inside the hotel then it’s totally free, apart from the cost of the taxi ride.
5. Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is hands down the most beautiful garden I’ve ever seen. It is full of gorgeous flower installations like huge sculptures covered with flowers, heart shaped tunnels and colorful umbrellas.
I’m absolutely obsessed with flowers so it was like a heaven for me! And let’s face it: colorful flowers always make a perfect backdrop for the photos so if you’re looking for the most aesthetic places in Dubai, put Dubai Miracle Garden on your list!
Good to know that the garden is only open between mid-November to mid-May but since this is generally the best time to visit Dubai chances are high you’re gonna be visiting in this period anyway. Unfortunately if you’re visiting outside these months you will not be able to see the gardens.
Location on Google Maps: Dubai Miracle Garden
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How to get there: If you want to use public transportation, you have to take the red metro line and stop at the MOE (Mall of Emirates) metro station. After that you need to take bus nr. 105 which takes you directly to the Miracle Garden. Good to know that this whole process takes more than 1 hour so in case you want to save some time, you can take a taxi instead.
Best time to go: The park opens at 9am every day so if you want to make sure to get the perfect Instagram worthy photos, go there for opening time! We went there around noon and the park was already full of people which made it quite difficult to shoot. However a little patience (and sometimes a bit of Photoshop) always does the trick!
Cost: The entrance ticket costs 55 AED (15 USD) per person.
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6. Wings of Mexico Statue
The Wings of Mexico statue is one of the coolest installations in Dubai and it’s definitely one of the best photo spots in Dubai. The wings are really photogenic and if you combine it with the Burj Khalifa in the background, you get a perfect Instagram photo in return! You can basically frame it two different ways: when the Burj Khalifa is standing high in the background or you can compose it within the frame of the wings.
Location on Google Maps: Wings of Mexico Statue
How to get there: The easiest option is to combine visiting the Wings of Mexico statue with the Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall because all of them are in walking distance from each other. Alternatively you can use bus nr. 27 or F13 which stops right in front of the wings or take a taxi.
Best time to go: You can visit basically any time of the day as it doesn’t get that crowded. And even if it does, people usually wait in line to get a photo here so one will photobomb your picture. We visited in the middle of the day and I expected a big crowd in front of the statue but surprisingly it was completely empty.
Cost: Visiting the Wings of Mexico statue is totally free.
7. Burj Park by Emaar
If you want to shoot the perfect Instagram picture with the full Burj Khalifa in the background, you need to visit the Burj Park by Emaar! The whole park is beautiful and offers amazing views not just over the Burj Khalifa but the nearby skyscrapers too. Just see the photos below and you will understand why it has to be on the list of the most instagrammable places in Dubai!
The only downside is that you are not allowed to shoot here with a camera. Don’t ask why, I find it totally ridiculous but when we started shooting a guard came to us and told us that we can’t use our camera for shooting, only our phone. The problem with that is unless you have a new iPhone with a wide angle lens, you can’t shoot a picture with the whole Burj Khalifa in the background. Just check out second photo below that I made with my iPhone XS. See what I mean?
Luckily we managed to shoot a few pictures before the guard noticed us and it turned out just the way I wanted (see the first picture below). My advice is to check out your location in advance, plan your pose, set your camera and go all in because you will have only 1-2 minutes to shoot before the guards will notice you.
Location on Google Maps: Burj Park by Emaar
How to get there: The easiest option is to combine visiting the Burj Park by Emaar with the Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall because all of them are in walking distance from each other. Otherwise it’s a 1.5 km long walk from the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station.
Best time to go: Since it’s a public park and usually not so crowded you can visit any time of the day. Just carefully plan everything before you take out your camera because the guards will make you put it away right after they see it.
Cost: Visiting the Burj Park is totally free.
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8. Palace Downtown
Palace Downtown is one of the most beautiful hotels in Dubai and it offers an amazing view over the Burj Khalifa. You can visit the pool area outside the hotel even if you are not a hotel guest so if you’re looking for the best Dubai photo spots, definitely check it out!
While we were shooting a guard came to us and told us that we are not allowed to shoot here with our camera. Apparently if you have a nice camera and a pretty dress everyone thinks you are a professional and you are shooting commercials or anything like that.
We explained the guard that we are not professionals, just normal travellers so eventually he let us do a few more clicks. So my advice is that be quick with your photoshoot and pack a wide angle lens since the Burj Khalifa is extremely tall and without that you will not be able to get all of it in the picture.
Location on Google Maps: Palace Hotel and Burj Khalifa
How to get there: The easiest option is to combine visiting the Palace Downtown with the Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall because all of them are in walking distance from each other. Alternatively you can use bus nr. 27 or F13 which stops near the hotel or take a taxi.
Best time to go: We went there in the morning and unfortunately the shadows were really harsh on the pool. Based on that I would recommend visiting in the afternoon and I’ve seen some amazing photos here taken at sunset as well!
Cost: Visiting this part of the Palace Downtown is totally free.
9. Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is another iconic place in Dubai and the most famous place in the Mall is definitely the Waterfall Wall. The waterfall is 24- metre tall and it is decorated with fibreglass sculptures of divers. It looks pretty cool and it’s totally one of the best places in Dubai to take pictures.
How to get there: For public transportation you can use the red metro line that stops at the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station. After that you need to walk approx. 10 minutes to reach the first entrance of the Dubai Mall. Alternatively you can use a taxi.
Best time to go: You can visit any time of the day but the best is to go early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowd.
Cost: Visiting the Dubai Mall is totally free.
10. Dubai Steel Heart
We stumbled upon this cool steel heart installation after we stepped out of the Dubai Mall. It’s also an amazing location to shoot a great picture with the Burj Khalifa in the background! You can find a cute corner next to the steel heart with carpets and treasure chests but when we visited in the morning it was still closed. (I guess you can only use that if you pay for it.)
Location on Google Maps: Dubai Steel Heart
How to get there: The easiest option is to combine visiting the Dubai Steel Heart with the Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall because all of them are in walking distance from each other. If you are coming from the Dubai Mall, use the exit which is the closest to the Waterfall Wall. This way you will end up right in front of the Dubai Steel Heart.
Best time to go: You can visit any time of the day but the best is to go early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowd.
Cost: Visiting the Dubai Steel Heart is totally free.
11. Dubai Desert
No Dubai itinerary is complete without visiting the Dubai Desert! Not only you will have an exciting day touring the desert, you will have many amazing photo opportunities there too. I mean you simply can’t take a bad picture with these sand dunes, am I right?
In order to visit the Dubai desert you need to book a Desert safari. There are countless options out there but we decided to book a desert safari tour and we loved everything about it! We opted for the 7-Hour Shared Red Dunes & Open Buffet Tour.
You can choose between two starting times: 10 am or 2 pm. I recommend choosing the 2 pm version because this way you can see the sunset in the desert which is really magical!
Location on Google Maps: Dubai Desert
How to get there: If you book a Desert safari you don’t need to worry about how to get to the Dubai desert because they will pick you up at your hotel.
Best time to go: Always choose the afternoon option, if there is any! Seeing the sunset in the desert is such a magical experience and the magical golden lights definitely transform the desert into one of the most instagrammable places in Dubai.
Cost: It highly depends on which company you choose for the Desert safari. As I mentioned before, we chose this desert safari tour and we paid like 500 AED (136 USD) for 2 people. I can absolutely recommend them as we had an unforgettable time! It’s worth to check the price in advance for different days as it can vary based on the selected dates.
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Map of the Most Instagrammable Places in Dubai
In the below map I collected all the best Dubai photography spots for you. You just have to click on the bracket in the upper right corner and it will open it up on your phone. Super convenient, right?
Where to Stay in Dubai
Dubai is a huge city and generally the best photography spots in Dubai are scattered around the city so wherever you stay, you will probably have to travel a lot between each locations. That being said, even if the public transportation is not the best, taxis and car sharing rides are generally quite cheap so you won’t have any problem with traveling around Dubai.
Generally speaking, the best areas to stay in Dubai are Dubai Downtown, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). You can check all the hotel options in Dubai here, or if you don’t want to spend time with searching, check out my recommendations below!
If you want to make your Dubai trip even more memorable, read my post about the best hotels in Dubai with Burj Khalifa view! Do you prefer staying in Airbnbs rather than hotels? Then you need to check out my article about the best Airbnbs in Dubai, including beautiful Marina views, penthouses and many more!
LUXURY – Atlantis the Palm
Located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island and enjoys a private sandy beach, the 5-star Atlantis offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. It provides an underwater aquarium and complimentary access to the Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
MID-RANGE – Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina
Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Dubai. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
BUDGET – Gulf Inn Hotel Al Nasr
Gulf Inn Hotel Al Nasr (formerly Roda Links Al Nasr) features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and shared lounge in Dubai. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Gulf Inn Hotel Al Nasr offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
Dubai is definitely one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever visited. I was absolutely blown away by the photography locations in Dubai! To be honest with you I had high hopes for Dubai and I ended up loving it even more I thought I would.
I hope you liked this post about the most instagrammable places in Dubai and you will be able to create some pretty epic photos as well while visiting Dubai! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Do you know some other great photo spots in Dubai? Let me know in the comments!
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