5 Best Dubai Instagram Spots

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Dubai is one of the most photographed cities on the planet. It’s an extravagant and opulent city where the enchanting beauty of nature harmoniously combines with ultra-modern skyscrapers and architectural masterpieces.

If you’re visiting the UAE, you already know that Dubai is well known as a cosmopolitan city with extravagant malls, high-rise buildings, and the largest indoor ski resort in the world. With so many sun-kissed beaches, luxury hotels, and towering skyscrapers, it seems like the number of Dubai instagram spots are never ending. The city has has some of the most Instagrammable places on earth.

Buildings that could be Dubai instagram spots - source: https://unsplash.com/photos/q8D7WZc40eA

How many Dubai Instagram spots are there?

Who knows? Seems to us that the number of places in Dubai that are photographed for Instagram or caught on TikTok is constantly growing. Luckily for you, we’ve distilled the seemingly endless list to the very best spots for capturing Dubai’s beauty in all its glory.

To save you time and effort, here’s our shortlist of the best Instagram spots in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa Tower

There’s little doubt that most Instagrammable place in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The legendary skyscraper is an integral part of the architectural appearance of the city and the most popular backdrop for selfies in Dubai.

If you don’t take a picture of the Burj Khalifa… then you haven’t been to Dubai!

For a close-up photo of the famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper with the Dubai Fountain in the frame, head to one of the restaurants in the Al Bahar Marine Market, which is located right in front of the tower.

For the best photos with the Dubai skyline in the background, buy a ticket and head to the glass viewing platform on the 124th floor. The tower’s observation decks are open from 10.00am to midnight.

From Friday through Sunday, the viewing platform is open for sunrise – a unique time to take Instagram shots of Dubai skyline. Early morning views are better, with golden light, less haze, and fewer crowds. Sunrise tickets also the cheapest options, and they include a light breakfast at the cafeteria.

Man in UAE sitting on the ground looking at the Burj Khalifa in the sitance

2. Dubai Mall

A photo of the mall? Nope! An Instagram photo at Dubai Mall! Photos from the largest mall in the world gather hundreds of likes.

Dubai Mall is home to over 1200 stores, an 800 seat food court, an ice rink, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It also has two of the most instagrammable spots in Dubai: the beautiful waterfall “Divers for Pearls” and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Photos of you being surrounded by stingrays, sharks, and other fish in the aquarium at the Dubai Mall will impress anyone. Photos of the mall’s signature waterfall fountain, with streams of water sparkling in the sunlight, get just as many likes.

Interesting fact: Until oil was discovered, the main source of income was pearl mining and trade. The male figures “diving” down the 4-story cascade of water are a tribute to the young men who dove for pearls day after day without any special devices to make a living.

The hardest part of visiting the center is not getting so distracted by all the fun things to do that you forget to take a picture.

woman at an aquarium in Dubai Mall UAE

3. Dubai desert

Endless desert sand might seem boring during an airport transfer from Sharjah, but you’ll quickly change your mind if you get out in the desert yourself.

Desert safaris are the most popular day trips from Dubai and there is a wide variety of activities to choose from. If you’re adventurous, you can go dune bashing, skiing on sands, or sandboarding! Or perhaps hot air balloons, quad bikes, watching wildlife, falcon shows, and thrilling camel rides are more your speed.

Tours range from 4 hours to a full day. If you book a half-day tour, be sure to choose the afternoon option! Watching the sun set over the dunes is a memorable experience and the afternoon light will transform the dunes into an ocean of gold. Once you see it, you’ll understand why the desert is considered one of the best Instagram spots in Dubai.

Imagine the Likes you’ll get from your Instagram photos of Dubai sunsets over the desert. And afterward, the best desert safaris end with a traditional Arabian dinner beneath the twinkling stars.

Whichever tour you decide to take, your day will be enjoyable and memorable.

person sandboarding on a desert safari in UAE

4. Dubai Miracle Garden

Paint the world with vivid colors? Make the desert bloom? How did they do that?

Dubai Miracle Garden certainly deserves its name, because it was built on desert land.

Forget about Amsterdam and its tulips! This place can easily be called the most blooming place on earth. It’s the world’s largest natural flower garden, featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

This wonderful place will conquer your heart with its unique flowerbeds and exotic flower sculptures shaped as unique world-famous buildings. The pictures for your Instagram will surely be a hit here. Don’t miss the chance to visit!

Heart-shaped topiaries along a path in Dubai Miracle Garden UAE

5. La Mer

La Mer is another impressive place worth visiting, especially for a first-time visitor to Dubai. This beachfront area reflects everything that modern Dubai has to offer: impeccable style, urbanism, and taking care of tourists.

You can easily spend the whole day here. With so many comfortable beaches, cinemas, outdoor activities and dozens of cafes and restaurants with international and Arabian cuisine, there’s no way you can ever get bored at La Mer.

What makes La Mer special is that it is one of the most Instagrammable locations in Dubai. The urban aesthetic of the area attracts visitors from all over the world time and time again.

Woman on a walkway with Burj Khalifa in the background

Is it hard to find Instagram spots in Dubai?

So many impressive things in Dubai can be captured by a camera: the grandeur of its architecture, the Palm Jumeirah, the most spectacular fountain show, the tallest building in the world, the most wonderful desert scapes.

But what is most striking is that Dubai is a testament to the greatness of the human imagination. This city was built out of nothing. In only a short time, Dubai has become a center of attraction for people from all over the world. It’s hard to find a spot in Dubai that isn’t worthy of a photo.

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to around 60 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.

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2 thoughts on “5 Best Dubai Instagram Spots”

  1. What a dazzling place Linda. Dubai has long been on our list. We are traveling around the Deep South in the USA now but plan to go abroad again when things open up. We need a bit more fearlessness out there abroad before we decide to travel far and wide. Gotta be free!!!

    Ryan

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    • It’s on my list too, Ryan. I’m looking forward to being able to travel overseas again, as I’d love to see all those flashy spots in person. The one good thing that’s come out of this pandemic is that it’s been an incentive for me to explore more of America. I enjoy experiencing foreign cultures, but this really is an incredible country.

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