Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Dubai – Best Photo Locations in Dubai

If Instagram had existed 100 years ago, or even 60 years ago, we would have mostly seen pictures from the desert.

A few decades ago, there was not much more in this city (or emirate) than sand…okay, there was the beach and the creek, but there was mostly just sand. 

Okay, maybe you would also have spotted locals, camels, and a bit more, but basically it was a big desert! Though deserts are definitely Instagram-heaven, it is fun to see how much more Instagrammable places in Dubai are now.

A lot has changed since then and new photo ops pop up almost every day…

Dubai, not surprisingly, has a lot of spots that are so Instagram-worthy. With all the records it breaks – from having the tallest building in the world to the most expensive hotel – there are many places that make the perfect location for an Instagram shoot.

However, Dubai is also growing rapidly, which means that there is construction work going on everywhere, and all the time. This means that taking decent shots without construction workers, signs, or half-built houses is quite a challenge.

Here are my favorite places to take great pictures (whether it is for your Instagram or just for you, these are definitely nice places that are fun to photograph).

Oh, if you are looking for the best things to do in Dubai click here and here are my tips for the best areas to stay in Dubai (and the best hotels for all budgets). As this blog focuses a lot on Dubai you will find all (or at least all important) information you will need for your trip to the mega city.

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Best Places in Dubai for Instagrammers

Burj Khalifa

How could it be anything else? Burj Khalifa not only amazes with its height, but also with its unique-shaped design. It is a spectacular photo motif.

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At night, when there is a laser show or the building is illuminated, it gets even more photogenic.

You cannot miss it, and while there are many great rooftop bars with great views of Burj Khalifa, you can also take nice shots from Burj Plaza, the Frame (more about that later), or just while standing in front of it (next to the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall).

For more unique views, just head to one of the cafes or restaurants to see Burj Khalifa in its full, astonishing glory.

Burj Khalifa – At the Top

As pretty as the Burj is, standing on top of it, either on level 124+125 or level 148 (there are different tickets for those levels), makes the picture even more perfect.

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Pictures of people with amazing scenery behind them have become highly popular on Instagram, and if you look at them, you will understand why.

The best pictures are taken from the side where you can look down at the Dubai Fountain, as it adds some nice blue in the picture – no surprise this is one most photogenic places in Dubai.

Tip: Book your ticket in advance: the queues can be crazy. For more information on “At the Top” read my important information for your Instagram photo location at Burj Khalifa

Book your tickets for Burj Khalifa online and save time (that you can rather spend on taking pictures)

Level 124 & 125

Level 124 & 124 and 148

Level 124 & 125 including a dinner at Burj Club

Dubai City Walk

One of the newer areas that is a great photo spot is the City Walk. The area, located between Jumeirah Beach (La Mer) and Burj Khalifa, is lovely in the daytime and an even better spot in the evening. 

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With all the lights, it makes this place pretty picture-perfect.

You´ll also find a bit of graffiti – those images might be familiar to you if you have followed some Dubai hashtags – but there are more photo opportunities than that.

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La Mer

If you like to take outdoor pictures that have some nature and city life in them, then head to La Mer. This area is newly created and recently opened, and it seems like it was made for Instagrammers.

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The numerous cafes are all extremely stylish (in a casual kind of way) and you will find some of the best cafes to take images in.

But the beach front, the cute beach houses, and of course, the beach view (with a stunning view of Burj Khalifa) make this place picture perfect from every angle.

To see more pictures and find out more about this beautiful region read my La Mer Guide.

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Souks

Souks are so pretty here in Dubai (probably everywhere), and while any of the souks could be used as an Instagram location, the Gold and Spice Souks in Deira (the old part of Dubai) are the most picturesque.

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There is so much gold to see, so many spices that are beautifully presented, and loads of colorful Arabian clothes that you need to have your camera ready when visiting. 

Dubai Marina

If I get rich one day, I will buy an apartment overlooking Dubai Marina. 

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I will sit on my balcony all day and admire the place – with its many, many skyscrapers; the (artificial) canal; and all the lights, abras (water taxis), yachts, and illuminated dhows (old Arabian boats); this place is perfect for taking tons of pretty pictures.

The best places to take photos are from Pier 7 (a building that hosts seven restaurants), from the Pool Restaurant of the Address Hotel, and just by randomly strolling along.

A Marina boat tour is also a lot of fun and you get to take many cool pictures (I mostly book my tours via Viator and GetYourGuide so I have listed these two websites with relevant tours for you).

JBR Walk

For fun and some cute street art, head to JBR Walk. But there is more than street art that is insta-worthy in Dubai.

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You can head to one of the numerous (really, there are tons of them) cafes or get a shooting in front of the graffiti that yo see on the walls (some are a bit hidden, so keep your eyes wide open).

Or get on top of the Flying Cup, which is another good place for Instagrammers or people who like to take fun photos.

You will not even need a drone to take shots from above. Isn’t the beautiful greenish water a great photo opportunity?

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Madinat Jumeirah

Whenever you are in Dubai, you have to visit Madinat Jumeirah – whether for taking pictures or just because you want to see something nice. 

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For nice pics, you can start at the entrance of Madinat Jumeirah and then walk towards the souks (markets). And for more pictures with Burj al Arab, the most expensive hotel in the world, visit one of the restaurants/cafes to see it from a more unique angle.

Burj al Arab

If you have been looking for Dubai photo locations, you have probably seen the pics of a beach with Burj al Arab in the background. 

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Honestly, even though these have been all over Instagram for the longest time, this place does not get old.

If you go to Kite Beach, you have Burj al Arab to the left of you. If you want to have the Burj on the other side, you have to either stay in one of the Jumeirah hotels or get a beach day pass. 

Either way, this place is Insta popular for a reason.

Al Bastakiya 

If you are looking for an area with a more historic touch, then head to Al Bastakiya. It is located at the Creek, and the old houses are pretty nice to photograph. 

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If you come here early in the day, you do not have to share the place with too many others, which allows you to take your photos with less stress.

The most Instagrammable cafe in Al Bastakiya is the Secret Garden, so make sure to stop there and have your camera ready (P.S. You need to be careful when taking pictures of people though, especially of Arabian women who are not fully covered, which can be a little challenging).

Dubai Mall

If you think that malls cannot be that Instagram-worthy, then you have not been to Dubai Mall. 

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This place is perfect for those who like indoor shots. There are so many great spots to take pictures of that it is crazy. 

The lovely cafes alone are gorgeous elements that are constantly changing, adding more beauty to this place. You will see that there is no shortage of Instagram spots.

While you will stumble upon nice spots all the time, definitely check out the Fashion Avenue area in the mall, which is the best spot for taking images.

Atlantis – The Palm

Atlantis is one of the most iconic hotels in Dubai. 

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The unique shape (sort of, as it is a re-creation of the Atlantis in the Bahamas) has made this place one of the best for taking pictures.

Whether you take images from above (via a relic flight), from a boat (e.g. a Palm Boat Cruise), or visit it by stopping by the staircase, cafes (like Nassima), or beach area, this hotel is amazing for Instagrammers.

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You can book a boat tour and get to take pictures for the Atlantis from the distance – or book a night (or even day ticket for the beach will do it) at this luxury hotel.

Dubai Miracle Garden

Of course, Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the very, very best places, and an Instagram heaven. 

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Unfortunately, this is not a secret gem, so it is quite busy. Getting a shot of the heart without anyone else in it can be quite challenging.

However, if you come here early in the morning or during the off-season (or are just patient enough), then this will be your place.

Tickets are about 10€, but you normally do not need to book tickets in advance.

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Dubai Desert

Simple, yet stunning! The desert is always overwhelming and without a question one of those places that just screams, “Take my picture!” Endless dunes make it one of the best places for IG pics.

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For the best images, visit during sunset and book a desert safari, so you can take photos of the areas that were created to spend some time in an “authentic” Arabian place – with tents and Arabian carpets, another place for your Instagram shooting.

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Morning Desert Safari incl. Dune Buggy

Find out more about a dessert safari including dune bashing and a BBQ

Fancying an overnight safari tour? Then click here to find out more

The Frame

One of Dubai´s newest attractions is the golden Frame, located in Zabeel Park.

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Taking a photo of its full size is no easy task, but you can also take beautiful shots from above. The interior design is beautiful and makes for some great pictures, too.

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Whether you walk along the glass floor or look at Burj Khalifa, this place was made for bloggers in Dubai.

Dubai from Above

There is no better way to take nice images from Dubai than from a helicopter. 

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The opportunities for great views from there are endless. While it is tricky to take images through a window, the view might make up for that. Depending on the tour you book, you can take pictures of the Palm, Burj Khalifa, and Burj al Arab with the kilometer-long beach.

Just check your images quickly when taking photos, so you can see the best way to avoid reflections through the glass.

Here are the best views in Dubai – my personal recommendations for Dubai from above.

Click here for helicopter flights in Dubai:

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Cannot get enough of Dubai´s Instagram places, okay here is my last tip.

Dubai Fountain

Of course, the Dubai Fountain is another must-visit place for Instagrammers.

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Located next to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, it is easy to reach. Whether you visit at night or during the day, once the show starts, have your camera ready – it only lasts a few minutes. However, it will be hard to get a great photo of you and the water fountain show – and no one else in it. It is really crowded but the fountain show looks by itself!

To have a better view and the best photo oppurtunities you can book an abra ride which gets you much closer to the fountain. Find out more by clicking here.

I hope, you enjoyed my post about the most Instagrammable places in Dubai and it has inspired you. If you visit Dubai and post your Dubai travel pictures on Instagram feel free to tag me, so I can enjoy your pics (here is my account).

Safe Travels, Arzo
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