The top places in our city for stunning photo opportunities
With avant-garde architecture, white sandy beaches and desert sunsets, no city is quite as camera-ready as Dubai. The jaw-dropping views have been attracting visitors from across the world, but it pays to know just where to shoot. Here are the best vantage points for extraordinary backdrops.
Drift Beach Club
This seafront destination is where chic living comes to life. Drift Beach Club is the ideal setting for chilled-out lounging that turns into once-in-a-lifetime memories. Enjoy a relaxed daytime vibe, with great food and drinks. Then, get ready to turn up the tempo as the sun sets, with beautiful, glittering skyline backdrops to match.
Al Qudra Lakes
If you’re the type that’s in the mood to escape the city, then Al Qudra Lakes at Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is the backdrop you need. About 40 minutes outside Dubai, the lakes offer a great setting for afternoon barbeques with fantastic desert landscapes. And with bicycle tracks, private lake views and more, it’s definitely a spot for every photographer at heart.
A desert in bloom is a rare sight but not if you’re in Dubai. The Miracle Garden lives up to its name with more than 50 million flowers designed in unique exhibits, sculptures and pathways. Spend a bit of time walking along the garden before deciding on the best photographic locations – the heart-shaped pathway and colourful canopies are always popular but take your time, there’s plenty of inspiration around every corner of this 72,000sqm garden.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Enter the magical world of The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis. This is an escape like no other – with tunnels and halls of themed water-walkways that puts you in the heart of the ocean. Take pictures with your favourite underwater friends, or simply appreciate the atmosphere of oceanic beauty.
As an exclave of Dubai, Hatta offers plenty for the eye, and the camera; visit the centuries-old Hatta Heritage Village, with restored features including a defensive tower and stone houses. Then, let your camera wander through a multitude of exhibits, including traditional weapons, furniture and crockery. Finally, don’t miss the Hatta Dam, with its pools of striking green water, to make any feed pop. Feeling brave? Try zip-lining over craggy mountains at the Hatta Wadi Hub.
Dubai’s most recent offering is a collection of great shops, restaurants and entertainment, situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. The Pointe is a great place for the entire family, offering incredible views of the open ocean. At night, the paths are lit with stunning lights and a fantastic feel, presenting a Dubai experience worth capturing.
This saltwater creek in the heart of Dubai is not to be missed. The Dubai Creek offers a serene escape, both on and off the water. For those keen on a great photo opportunity, hop aboard a traditional dhow for a dinner cruise on the relaxed waters. You could also take a walk at sunset for views like no other.
It doesn’t get more perfect than the world’s largest picture frame. At 150m tall and with a bridge connecting the two towers, it presents impressive views of Old and New Dubai from either side. The glass bridge walkway is a popular draw, but plan ahead to guarantee a great sunset spot to watch the sky transform into vibrant hues of orange and pink over the city. For great selfies, you can even head out to Zabeel Park and position yourself within Dubai Frame’s unique exterior.
Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, views of the magnificent Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain never get old. Burj Park is an island in the city, with lush greenery, open lawns and incredible views, perfect for every photographer. With bike hire available as well as unmatched views of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring attractions, this is a destination for every lens.
Dubai Creek Harbour
For an Insta-worthy post, you need an iconic waterway – the Dubai Creek Harbour is a unique offering in the city, with beautiful apartments, restaurants and walkways alike. Take a stroll on the beautiful pathways provided, with a backdrop of a modern and an awe-inspiring harbour and discover hidden spots along the way. This is a truly not-to-be-missed photo opportunity.
From incredible cityscape backdrops to stunning reflections on glass-like water, Dubai Marina is a great spot to capture all that the city has to offer. Take a stroll in the crisp morning air to catch the sunrise, or stop for a delicious meal at one from the many restaurants along the way. If you were looking for the perfect photo opportunity while in Dubai, look no further.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
There are endless photo opportunities at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Offering four unique theme parks, a waterpark and a Polynesian-themed resort, the one-of-a-kind fun zone is picture perfect. From exquisite rides to fabulous restaurants as well incredible entertainment, your camera will be clicking non-stop.
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is the ideal place to get the greatest shark-selfie. With a massive underwater tunnel, filled with sharks, rays and more, you’ll feel like you’re part of an exciting new world. And just a few steps ahead will take you to the creepy crawly zone, filled with unique wildlife including snakes, turtles, fish and a giant crocodile.
There’s something for every photographer at Dubai’s Kite Beach – with plenty of watersports, including kayaking, kite surfing and paddle boarding, or just strolling along the serene walkways. Enjoy an energetic daytime vibe, filled with restaurants, activities and of course, the beautiful beach. Then swiftly transition into the night with a stunning Burj Al Arab sunset and a beautifully lit beach pathway.