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Dubai's most Instagrammable locations

Tue, December 5, 2023

Futuristic cityscapes, striking hotspots and unusual backdrops make Dubai a photographer’s dream.

Futuristic cityscapes, striking hotspots and unusual backdrops make Dubai a photographer’s dream.


Strike a pose at Dubai Design District


One of the coolest and most creative hotspots in the city, the Dubai Design District is the region's foremost platform for artists and designers. Popularly known at d3, this innovative space is made for the 'gram with sleek concrete structures shedding geometric shadows onto the large, open avenues. Browse textured couture inspired by Shakespearean tales at Amato boutique, or visit Closet Case for Asian and European menswear, footwear and eyewear. Afterwards, grab a bite at The Lighthouse that serves up a fashionably healthy meal.


All eyes on you at Downtown Dubai

Wings of Mexico Sculpture in Dubai

Downtown Dubai, with Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain, and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is one of the most snapped backdrops in the city. Fashionistas from around the world – as well as Dubai’s own style-set – love to share the frame with this extraordinary landmark. Many also enjoy posing in front of the bronze Wings of Mexico sculpture. The effect is stunning – you get to look like an angel while having a perfect shot of the city’s most iconic sights behind you. You'll also want to book a table at Asado for award-winning Argentinian cuisine and waterside views.


Add a little European flair at City Walk

City Walk in Dubai

With its European-style pedestrian boulevards stretching several blocks, Dubai’s fashion-forward precinct City Walk makes an intriguing backdrop. Its colourful design and art installations will add that something extra to your fashion photo shoot. Explore the wide range of local and international boutiques to spruce up your ensemble. Check out the racks at Le Cube Boutique and Human & Beings to see what’s trending, or stop by Italian House to check out its latest high fashion collection. Afterwards, dine on delicious Azerbaijani cuisine at Baku Café, or savour global dishes blended with Indian influences at Farzi Café.


Get artsy at Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue in Dubai

Tucked within the industrial quarter of Al Quoz is Alserkal Avenue – a collection of architect-designed warehouses that attract Dubai's creative crowds. With its artist studios, project spaces and concept stores, as well as a year-round calendar of exhibitions, live music and workshops, this is a popular spot for those wanting an edgy look for their next snapshot. For out-of-the-ordinary fashion, head to CHI-KA – a creative space reflecting contemporary Japanese aesthetic – which sells unique, hand-crafted kimono-abayas.


Exude local flair at Al Seef

Al Seef in Dubai

For old Dubai charm with a modern twist, take a stroll through the Al Seef district. Nestled beside Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, this bustling development presents the charm of an era gone by, in effortless fashion. Venture through the sand-coloured sikka – or alleyways – and cobblestoned streets and vibrant museums of the neighbourhood to capture the feel of Dubai's humble beginnings. There are plenty of charming cafes and restaurants too, like Al Fanar Seafood Market for authentic local flavours.


Brilliant vistas at Bluewaters

Bluewaters in Dubai

No ordinary island, Bluewaters in Dubai is a manmade wonder that houses luxury wellness hotel Banyan Tree Dubai and Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel. With the city’s gleaming architecture on one side, and the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf on the other, there are plenty of photo opportunities to take advantage of. We recommend heading to Venus Ristorante & Beach Club for a quintessential sun and sea backdrop or dining at the Japanese-Peruvian Clay for selfies with Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence in the distance.


Flower power at Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

You’ll see winter in full bloom at Dubai’s Miracle Garden. Open annually from November to May, this magnificent garden comes to life with millions of flowers arranged in imaginative designs. There’s a pretty passageway framed by hearts, large floral castles, artsy animals and more to explore as colourful settings. Next door is the Dubai Butterfly Garden where you'll get the chance to strike a pose with thousands of colourful butterflies at they flit past. If you're patient enough, some will even land on outstretched palms, creating the perfect shot.


Desert dreaming at Al Qudra Lakes

Al Qudra Lakes Dubai
A desert oasis has to be seen to be believed, Al Qudra Lakes is the photo-worthy spot you've been waiting for. You’ll be amazed by how easily you can reach this serene space, a quick 30-minute drive from the city's downtown. There are views of sparkling waters, dunes that stretch far into the horizon and even native wildlife such as desert foxes and Arabian oryx roaming free. Head over at sunrise and it will feel like you've stumbled upon a desert wonderland, just for you.

Waterside views at Dubai Creek Harbour


Home to new retail, cultural and residential spaces, it's also one of the most Instagrammable places in Dubai. If you're looking for the perfect backdrop, you'll want to seek out the waterside promenade where giant arches frame skyline views of Burj Khalifa and the Downtown neighbourhood. Switch up the scene by taking a sunset swim at Vida Creek Harbour's infinity pool or dine on French classics on Mondoux restaurant's elegant terrace.


Admire the Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future Dubai

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings on the planet, the Museum of the Future is a must-visit photo stop. Even if you don't have time to step inside, you'll find great angles taking in the museum's inspirational, calligraphy-accented exterior. Right beside the entrance is a sculpture of the three-finger hand gesture meant to signify Win, Victory, and Love, made popular by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


Marvel at the Burj Al Arab up close

Instantly recognisable for its sail-shaped silhouette and sparkling waterside location, the Burj Al Arab is the most Instagrammable hotel in the world. Millions of visitors regularly pose in and around its luxury setting – think golden interiors, a striking atrium and grand restaurants. Capture the perfect skyline shot from Gilt lounge and waterside vistas from Sal restaurant. If you'd like to frame the Burj Al Arab in its entirety, head to the nearby Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
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