Insta Worthy Places, Dubai

Instagram has its fans and its haters, but no one can deny that only the very best shots make it to Instagram. When it comes to Dubai, you’ll run out of film before there’s a dearth of Instagram-worthy shots. What draws people into your travels are your photos – so take tons of them. Capture your journey in this capital of glamour with your camera, poised ready to snap some of the most scintillating pictures in Dubai. Put them up on Instagram so others can enjoy them as well.

Here are our favorite photography spots in Dubai.

Dubai Photography Spots

1. Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina is like a series of Instagram-worthy shots, lined up one after the other. The best way to get top shots of them all is to take a dhow or yacht cruise along the marina. The route is extremely photogenic; as you float past each exquisite landmark, be sure to take a shot and immortalize it on Instagram. Take an evening cruise, as pictures taken during sunset, when the city is ablaze with lights offers a much more glamorous perspective of Dubai.

2. Dubai Mall Waterfall

The huge waterfall reaching that starts somewhere near Dubai Mall’s roof roars past sculptures of athletic figures. Get a bit of variety on your Instagram account by taking some pictures from a distance and some from up close. Use an app on your phone that allows you to maximize the shadows and you’ll be glad of the incredible pictures of very muscly figures shadowed behind the rush of water.

3. The Dubai Fountains

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Whether you’re taking pictures of the incredible Dubai Fountain from one of the Burj Khalifa’s observatory decks(book Burj Khalifa tickets online), or from a spot closer to it, you’re bound to be floored by the beauty of it. Take pictures of the Dubai Fountains by the day and by night for contrasting, and equally beautiful exposures. During the day, you can capture the sunlight cutting prisms into the water as it dances. During the night, you can catch a million colors reflected in each droplet of water from the colored LED lights. Be sure to get the fairy-light covered palm trees into focus as well. Get your tripod ready and in place at least 10 minutes before the fountain show begins so as to get the perfect shot.

4. Madinat Jumeirah

At Madinat Jumeirah, you can get the most spell-binding Instagram-worthy pictures of the Burj al Arab, the incredibly-lovely canals, and the sandy-hued buildings surrounded by palm trees. Take an outside seat at the Costa Café and frame Burj al Arab amidst great palm trees from there. Another great shot will be of the water canals and their boats with the Burj al Arab in the background.

5. Al Fahidi Historic District

Al Fahidi Historic District or Bastikaya as it was known earlier, is Dubai’s soul; it reflects just how Dubai used to be before it turned into one big glamour party. Take pictures of the ancient sand-colored buildings with their wind tunnels, which used to be old Dubai’s natural air conditioning method. Everywhere in the old city, you’ll see what could be Instagram-worthy places in Dubai blog post. Don’t forget to take pics of the courtyards with their lovely street art, and the quaint little Arabian Tea House that makes you feel you’ve traveled into the past.

6. Jumeirah Mosque

Both the outside and the inside of this mosque are incredibly beautiful. The mosque looks beautiful from the outside but the inside is incredible too. Night shots are incredible when the four domes are lit up and the building is bathed in the lights of the city. Set up your tripod and use a telephoto lens to capture the entire mosque in one shot, with the palm trees in the background. Simply superb!

7. Burj Khalifa

It’s impossible to list Instagram-worthy spots in Dubai without mentioning the Burj Khalifa, king of all buildings. Light reflection can distort your pictures from the Burj, so wait for the perfect moment to capture blissful views. Capturing the Khalifa itself is another matter. You’ll want to stand at a distance, perhaps on a boat on the Burj Lake to get some different perspectives of the amazing Burj Khalifa. Don’t forget to grab the prime views at sunset, just before the city lights turn on.

Suggested Read: Visit Burj Khalifa in Dubai – Story, Top View, and Sightseeing

8. Burj Al Arab

The world’s only 7-Star hotel with its iconic sail shape has been photographed so many times, but it still makes for an amazing Instagram selfie. Get the best views you can from the Jumeirah Beach opposite. The Burj Al Arab has its own Instagram page. If you want your picture to be re-gram there, all you do is to add the #BurjAlArab hashtag to your picture. Wouldn’t you like your picture to be viewed by the Burj Al Arab’s more than 600,000 followers?

9. Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden with its display of 109 million-plus flowers is just the perfect place for some seriously Instagram-worthy shots. Aerial shots of the entire garden will be great too – you can get all the pathways, the incredible collection of flowering plants in their individual displays and much more. Don’t forget to take pictures of the lovely butterfly house and the canopy-covered pathways. With irresistible Dubai Miracle Garden ticket offers available through Rayna Tours, you can look forward to getting the best out of your visit here.

Suggested Read: Dubai Miracle Garden – World’s Largest Natural Flower Garden

10. The Dubai Desert

Set your tripod up a few minutes before sunset or sunrise and you can capture the sort of pictures that become instant favorites. The incredibly-rich colors of the desert sky, when captured against the ancient red sands make for fabulous pictures. Get a few pics of people enjoying desert sports such as dune bashing – something like an SUV launching off of a dune, with the sand spraying all-around at sunset.

Also Read: The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Desert Safari Dubai

11. Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm is so uniquely designed and positioned on the most incredible manmade island, you’ll want aerial photos. The best way to get some shots from the air is to sign up for a helicopter ride over the hotel and grab some great pics at sunset. Do one better – shoot a video of the pass over the Atlantis for Instagram – it will get retweeted a lot!

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12. City Walk

Dubai City Walk is a new living concept and the ultimate lifestyle experience. Walk along City Walk’s streets and take some selfies against some of the incredible wall art. The cool canopied cafes and high-end stores and the beautifully designed streets are worth many Instagram selfies.


Dubai has plenty of Instagram-worthy matter, there’s no doubt about that. When you take the pictures, be sure to use the right filters to get the best effects and don’t forget to include your hashtag so people can find your photos of Dubai.

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

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