Top 10 Dubai Photography Spots that You Should Check Out

Dubai is a dream city for photographers. Be it the immaculate beaches, the sparkling skyline, the mind-blowing buildings or the posh neighborhoods, every frame of Dubai is flawless. You may be a professional photographer, a travel blogger or a popular Instagrammer, Dubai offers amazing spots where you can capture some fabulous photographs. Be it day or night, when in Dubai, you would not be able to give your camera a rest. Here, we talk about the best

Dubai photography spots.

1.Burj Khalifa burj khalifa tour

The tallest building in the world, undoubtedly, makes for one of the best photography shots in the city. The huge steely structure can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. However, to capture the building in all its glory, the Dubai Fountains would be the best spot. This place gives you the chance to take a picture of the entire building. Apart from this, the Burj Plaza and the nearby rooftop bars are also great places to get a good photo of the Burj Khalifa.  The fireworks and LED show that happens at the Burj Khalifa on special occasions make for a great photo opportunity.

Location: Downtown Dubai

Timings: 24×7

Entry Fee: Free

2. Burj Khalifa Observation Deck

burj khalifa observation deck

If you are impressed by the Burj Khalifa, the view from its observation deck would definitely impress you more. Book a Burj Khalifa tour and ride on the lift to reach the observation deck to get a 360o bird’s eye view of the entire city. There is no other place in Dubai where you can view the city in its entirety. You can choose to visit the observation deck on the 124th floor or 148th floor. Whichever option you choose to go for, get ready to capture some amazing shots. The best time to visit the Burj Khalifa observation deck for great shots would be during the golden hour, i.e. just before sunset.

Location: Downtown Dubai

Timings: 8:30 AM to 11 PM

Entry Fee: AED 145

3. Dubai Souks

old souk

The souks of Dubai are a far cry from the swanky and sophisticated shopping malls of the city. However, there is a rare beauty in the chaotic world of souks that you should capture in your camera. Be it the glittering stores of the gold souk or the colorful lanes of the spice souk, you would get several creative pictures that would look good on your Instagram and other social media pages. Here, you would also get to capture the daily life of the storekeepers, which would make for some interesting photographs.

Location: Bur Dubai/Deira, Old Dubai

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM (approximately)

Entry Fee: Free

4. Jumeirah Beach and Burj Al Arab

jumeirah beach and burj al arab

Endowed with blue waters and white sand, the beaches of Dubai are spectacular. While there is no dearth of beautiful beaches in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach is the best, mostly because of the view it offers. Jumeirah Beach is the best beach to visit if you want to get an uninterrupted view of the most famous, Burj al Arab. The sail-shaped, seven-star hotel is one of the most photographed buildings in Dubai, and rightly so. If you time your visit to Jumeirah Beach before sunset, you would also get the opportunity to capture the beauty of the mesmerizing sunset through your lens.

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Location: Jumeirah District, Dubai

Timings: 7:30 AM to 10 PM (Saturday to Wednesday) and 7:30 AM to 11 PM(Thursday and Friday)

Entry Fee: Free

5. Bastakiya Quarter

bastakiya quarter

If you want to click something different from the stylish, modern buildings of Dubai, the Bastakiya Quarter would be ideal. The sandstone buildings, the intricate doors, the unique wind towers, the narrow backstreets and shaded courtyards take you to an era when Dubai was a simple fishing village. The contrast from today’s modern city is something that cannot be ignored. Still, the place has a subtle beauty that you cannot find anywhere else in the city. Moreover, it is located next near Dubai Creek, giving you the chance to take some photos of this important place in the city. Arrive early in the morning, so you can capture pictures of the place without too many people coming in your frame.

Location: Bur Dubai

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: Free

6. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a place to visit if you want to capture the essence of modern Dubai. Home to a manmade waterfront, high-end residential buildings, extravagant hotels, and tall skyscrapers, Dubai Marina is an epitome of luxury. Every frame of the Dubai Marina oozes of sophistication and class, and you would never get tired of just sitting and watch the world go by. The best time to take photographs of the Dubai Marina is after sunset when the place comes alive with millions of lights.

Location: Interchange 5, Sheikh Zayed Road

Timings: 24×7

Entry Fee: Free

7. Palm Jumeirah

palm jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah is one of the unique places that you would see in Dubai. It is the largest manmade island in the world. Moreover, the most distinctive thing about this place is that it is shaped in the form of a palm tree. Although you cannot capture the aerial view of the Palm Jumeriah yet (except if you are on a helicopter ride or are skydiving), the palm island is a great place to take some pictures of Dubai’s skyline. Also, if you get the chance, do take some pictures of the Hotel Atlantis the Palm, the five-star resort that sits like a crown on Palm Jumeirah.

Location: Jumeirah District

Timings: 24×7

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Entry Fee: Free

8. Dubai City Walk and La Mer

la mer dubai

If you want to populate your Instagram with some quirky photos, Dubai City Walk and La Mer are great places to visit. Both these spots are home to some creative wall art and graffiti that would make for great backdrops for pictures. While the Dubai City Walk gives you retail opportunities, La Mer is an urban beachfront location, where you would find quaint cafes and cute beach houses to take some wonderful pictures. In short, it can be said that Dubai City Walk and La Mer gives you the opportunity to take some casually stylish photos in Dubai.


  • Dubai City Walk: Al Safa St.
  • La Mer: Jumeirah 1

Timings: 24×7

Entry Fee: Free

9. Dubai Miracle Garden

dubai miracle garden

If you are visiting Dubai during the winter months (between November and April), the Dubai Miracle Garden should be on your itinerary. Home to more than 50 million flowers, the Dubai Miracle Garden is a treasure chest for brilliant photographs. You would get to see some amazing photo backdrops at every turn you make in this beautiful garden. The heart-shaped walkways, the floral houses, and castles, the floral Emirates Airbus A380, the Burj Khalifa made with flowers, etc. would want you to never put down your camera.

Location: Al Barsha South 3

Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 9 AM to 11 PM (Friday and Saturday)

Entry Fee: AED 160

10. The Dubai Desert

the dubai desert

We have saved the best for the last because nothing in Dubai matches the vastness and beauty of the desert. The ever-shifting desert dunes make for great images that you would want to flaunt on your social media pages or portfolio. The best way to click pictures of the desert is to go on a desert safari. If you go on a morning desert safari, you can capture the surreal sunrise of the desert and the golden glow of the sand dunes on your camera. Moreover, if you are lucky, you may get to see and take pictures of the desert wildlife too. On the other hand, the evening desert safari is the perfect chance to capture the beauty of a desert sunset. The desert in Dubai is quite a favorite among couples who arrive in Dubai for a romantic photoshoot.

Location: Depends on the desert safari tour

Timings: Depends on the desert safari tour

Entry Fee: Depends on the desert safari tour


Apart from these places, you would find beautiful spots in several places in Dubai. Hence, it would be best to keep your camera handy. So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a Dubai visit visa today and get ready for a holiday that would reward you with numerous picture-perfect moments.

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