Dubai , city of dreams where modernity meets luxury is also a photographer’s paradise where every corner is a canvas for that perfect Instagram shot! From golden beaches and futuristic skylines to architectural wonders that defy gravity, Dubai will undoubtedly leave you speechless but if you can’t describe your awe in words then let your camera do the talking for you.

Join me on a visual journey as I uncover 11 iconic locations that will elevate your Instagram game and leave your followers in awe.

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) stretches 1.7 km along the Arabian Gulf and is the perfect location for those sunset coastal shots.  With a vibrant atmosphere, pristine white sands and the iconic Bluewaters Island as a backdrop, it provides a dynamic setting for creative compositions.

Dubai creek harbour

Dubai Creek Harbour is a new waterfront development in Dubai boasting an array of architectural styles. It offers a plethora of photography opportunities for urban photography enthusiasts.

Sunset time offers the best lighting as the harbour casts a golden backdrop for capturing reflections and the skyscrapers shadows dance dreamily in the horizon.

sky views observatory 

Perched 220 meters above Downtown Dubai, The Sky Views observatory offers breathtaking 360° views of Dubai’s iconic skyline, featuring Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains, and the sprawling cityscape. This is a unique opportunity to capture panoramic shots and breathtaking aerial views of the city.

Sky View Hotel 

Just below the observatory you’ll find the Sky View Hotel, a luxury 5 star hotel with stunning features and views of Downtown Dubai. 

It has an infinity pool with a great backdrop cityscape for casual portraits and modern interiors with glass windows also overlooking Burj Khalifa so you’ll have plenty of perspectives to play with.

The Lost chambers aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm immerses visitors in the mythical city of Atlantis. Home to over 65,000 marine animals from around the globe, the aquarium offers a glimpse into the wonders of the deep sea and the opportunity to capture wonderful images and portraits in a dazzling underwater world.


la mer beach

La Mer beach is another new addition to the ever-expanding urban development in Dubai. This trendy destination seamlessly blends urban chic with coastal charm. It offers colourful beach huts, street art, and a laid-back atmosphere which will guarantee vibrant and lively Instagram photos 

The Palace Downtown Hotel

The Palace Downtown Dubai is a luxurious 5-star hotel in the heart of Downtown Dubai. The hotel offers a blend of grandeur and opulence, with arabesque architecture, majestic domes, and cascading waterfalls. It’s one of the best places to get stunning views of the Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa, both from inside and outside. This is a place worth visiting even if you were not into photography.  

Burj Park by Emaar

This small island park located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. With its lush green lawns and shaded walkways surrounded by water, it has unobstructed views of the Burj Khalifa, and is possibly the best spot in the city for taking close up photos of the skyscraper from various angles.

Burj Al Arab Beach for Sunset

Head to the beach near the iconic Burj Al Arab for a magical sunset. You will be rewarded with dreamy photos as the warm tones of the sun hit against the sail-shaped silhouette of the hotel.

Al Seef District

If you want a different side to Dubai, head  to Al Seef district and Deira to capture the essence of the city’s heritage. The traditional sandstone buildings, winding alleyways and waterfront views provide an excellent backdrop for portrait and urban photography.

Burj Khalifa at the Top

This building doesn’t need an introduction and offers the ultimate spot for stunning views of the city and surrounding desert. You would need a wide angle lens and a zoom lens as well here and you may need to be patient while looking for the best spot especially if you chose a popular time such as sunset! 


  • December 5, 2023

    So many beautiful places in Dubai, it is hard to choose! But it seems that you found some exclusive ones

  • December 5, 2023

    Such beautiful places and pictures, thank you for this guide!

  • Laurel

    December 6, 2023

    These places look beautiful! I would love to go someday.

  • December 27, 2023

    Awesome list of places to choose from! Would love to visit Burj Khalifa hotel. Heard great things about it!


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