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Top 10 locations for wedding photographs

Mon, May 6, 2024

From skyscraper-filled skylines to desert dunes and waterside vistas, here are the best places to take memorable wedding photos in Dubai.

From skyscraper-filled skylines to desert dunes and waterside vistas, here are the best places to take memorable wedding photos in Dubai.


High-flying wedding photos at Burj Al Arab

Woman standing infront of Burj Al Arab in Dubai

It's known for being the ultimate way to check into a famed hotel, but Burj Al Arab's helipad can also be booked – at a price – for private purposes. From romantic proposals to tennis matches, a multitude of events have taken place at this iconic spot. Given the bird's eye views from the 197m-high platform, your photo collection will be iconic too.


Water, music and action at The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain at night in Dubai

Could there be anything more romantic than being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma while the lights and dancing water jets of The Dubai Fountain provide the perfect backdrop? There are lots of spots to consider – by Souk Al Bahar, on the boardwalk that connects the souk to Dubai Mall or the great views from Burj Park. For more privacy, head to the Armani Hotel terrace or the palm-lined spaces of Palace Downtown.


Dreamy landscapes at Dubai's deserts

Dubai's desertscapes are picture-perfect for every occasion. Get in touch with the experts at Platinum Heritage, who can whisk you into Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to pose by immaculate and seemingly endless sand dunes. If you're looking to combine wedding photography with a stay, then the five-star Al Maha Desert Resort is ideal. A more boho vibe can be found at Sonara Escape, which organises private pop-up facilities, while Love Lake at Al Qudra is a popular choice for more low-key desert productions.


Elevated backdrops at The View at The Palm

The View at The Palm Skyline at night

A manmade marvel of epic proportions, Palm Jumeirah is a sight to behold. Head to The View at The Palm for stunning vistas of not just Dubai's Palm Jumeirah island, but the waters and skylines that surround it. You'll find the expansive observation deck perched on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower and we recommend booking the VIP Lounge's outdoor terrace at sunset – the extra expense promises more privacy too.


Beautiful blooms at Dubai Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden, Pond

For fantastical flower creations like heart-shaped walkways and castles, Dubai Miracle Garden fits the bill. You'll be spoilt for choice as vibrant arrangements vie for your attention. The venue offers special photography packages, but make sure you check ahead as it welcomes visitors only during winter. For more foliage-filled scenes available all through the year, try The Farm at Al Barari. Complete with a little river trickling through and verdant surroundings, it's always a hit with photographers.


Old-world charm at Al Seef

Couple riding Abra at Al Seef Dubai

Rent a traditional abra and cruise down Dubai Creek to take atmospheric shots on the water that will last a lifetime. Right beside its banks, on the quieter Bur Dubai side, is the atmospheric Al Seef, which has traditional sandstone buildings complete with wind towers set amid a labyrinth of lanes. If you time it right, you can capture swooping seagulls and majestic dhows in the background. The serene Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is also a few steps away, so you're never far from superb settings.


Retreat into Arabia at Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Waterways at Souk Madinat Jumeirah Dubai

The meandering waterways of Madinat Jumeirah lend a 1001 Arabian Nights quality to photographs. The evocative Souk Madinat has lantern- and perfume-filled shops while boats serenely glide past. There are eye-catching restaurants, luxurious villas and chandelier-bedecked lobbies to consider too, and if you're a hotel guest you'll get access to the private beach.


Sun and sand at Atlantis, The Palm

Couple walking on the beach Atlantis Dubai

The beachfront at Atlantis, The Palm is a dreamy shoot location, and the resort team will pull out all the stops to make it a day to remember. It's a popular venue so make sure to book dates well in advance. For a more low-key shoreside setting, head to Sunset Beach that offers up the Burj Al Arab's silhouette as a backdrop, while Al Mamzar Beach Park also gives you greenery for contrasting images. If you have all the equipment and don't mind foregoing amenities, Al Sufouh Beach is also a great option.


Green scenes across the city

Two Ponies at Meliá Desert Palm in Dubai

Lush landscaping can be found at the multitude of golf courses in the city, with Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates being notable examples. If you're a fan of rolling greens, consider Meliá Desert Palm – this calm oasis features pristine polo fields and manicured gardens and, as a bonus, you can even rent ponies to feature in your frames.


Set sail on a luxury yacht

Woman on a luxury yacht in Dubai

Rent a luxury yacht and you'll get whole new city perspectives from the water. Choose timeless backdrops that never fail to amaze such as the urban skyline of Dubai Marina, fantastical silhouettes of Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters Island, or the blue sea sparkling under the sun – there are plenty of opportunities to capture picture-perfect memories. Remember to choose a yacht that has plenty of room on board, including somewhere comfortable to freshen up inbetween takes.

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