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Top 10 locations for wedding photographs

Thu, November 4, 2021

From Dubai's desert dunes to futuristic skylines and waterside vistas, here's some wedding photoshoot inspiration.

From Dubai's desert dunes to futuristic skylines and waterside vistas, here's some wedding photoshoot inspiration.


High flying photos

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


Water, music, action!

The Dubai Fountain At The Dubai Mall

Could there be anything more romantic than being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli singing Nessum 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 The 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.


Desert dreaming

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


Picturing The Palm

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

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 – it really is a floral fantasy. The venue offers special photography packages, but make sure you check ahead as it welcomes visitors only during the cooler months. 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

Rent a traditional abra and cruise down the 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

The meandering waterways of the 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, chandelier-bedecked lobbies to consider too, and if you are a hotel guest you'll get access to the private beach.


Beach vibes

The aptly-named Sunset Beach – also known as Umm Suqeim Beach – offers up the Burj Al Arab's silhouette as a backdrop, while Al Mamzar Beach Park is a much quieter alternative that also gives you greenery for contrasting images. If you have all the equipment and don't mind foregoing amenities, then Al Sufouh Beach, is also a great choice. However, private spaces offer the most flexibility – any of the waterside hotels on Palm Jumeirah or along the Dubai coast can be contacted in advance for photography costs and availability.


Green scene

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.


Ships ahoy


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 the Atlantis, The Palm on Palm Jumeirah, or the vast, endless blues of the sea – there are plenty of opportunities to capture memories.

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