Dubai is the kind of place that has so much Instagram-worthy potential, you'll run out of camera memory before you run out of subjects.
Author: Neha Singh
We know that there are those that hate Instagram, but here's something no one can deny. Only the best shots make their way to Instagram. A great shot is what draws others right into your experiences - whether it's the shot of a natural landscape or a manmade marvel. Capture your journey in Dubai via your lens and tell your story. Here are 12 of the top Instagram-worthy spots in Dubai.
Al Seef is all about bringing a merging of tradition with contemporary life. Get great shots of the traditional-looking eateries in Al Seef; these are modern places designed to look rustic. Capture the rustic heritage-style buildings with their old-worldly charm. Take pictures of the waterfront promenade and the many relics of Dubai's trading past that are placed around. Take a long shot of an abra boat carrying people across the canal. If you want to depart from the glamour of the main city and capture something more rustic, more laid back and truer to Dubai's roots, then Al Seef is your best bet.
The Dubai Desert
The desert allows you to take an array of pictures. You can focus on sunrises and sunsets and get some uber-romantic Instagram-worthy shots. Or you can focus on people enjoying dune bashing and camel riding, capturing their efforts against the sun in their backs. The incredibly-rich colours of the blue desert sky when juxtaposed against the red desert dunes makes for a wonderful contrast.
The Dubai Fountains
Focus on the Dubai Fountains in the light of day or in the dark of the evening, when the brilliantly-coloured lights glow bright. Take some pictures from the Burj's observatory deck and some from below. You'll get different perspectives of the fountain, each one contrasting the other and all of them incredibly beautiful. During the day, when the sunlight cuts prisms into the dancing water, your shots take on an otherworldly glow. Focus on each droplet as it expands into a million colours. Get your equipment in place before the fountain show begins so that you're ready for the best shots. The Dubai Fountain shoots up to 150 meters in height. Be sure to capture this beautiful shot from ground level, so that the water looks as though it is traveling to the top of the Burj.
The Jumeirah Mosque makes for some great shots, both the outside and the inside of it. At night, when the moon's light is rich, watch as the four domes are lit up and the city lights bathe the mosque in their glow. During the night, the mosque takes on an otherworldly glow. Take a few shots of the mosque during the day when the sun's rays reflect on the white marble as well. During sunset, the mosque is draped in a golden glow that looks beautiful in pictures. Capture the entire mosque in one long shot by adjusting your lens. Simply fantastic!
Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is an extravagant display of 109 million plus flowers. The flowers are crafted to resemble global landmarks. There is a huge Airbus 380 made entirely out of flowers. See if you can get some aerial shots of the entire garden. That'll be fabulous. Take long shots of the pathways and the incredible flowering plants all around. Take shots of the lovely butterfly garden and its amazing flower arrangements.
Madinat Jumeirah is a reproduction of an old Arabian market. The only difference is that water canals cut through the alleys between the shops, giving Madinat Jumeirah a Venetian look. From here, you can get awesome shots of the incredible Burj al Arab. Focus on the shops and the restaurants and the amazing landscape of Madinat Jumeirah amidst the lovely canals. At the distance, you can see a fringe of palm trees surrounding the entire complex. Focus on the water canals with the Burj al Arab in the background. Alternatively, frame the Burj al Arab amidst the green palm trees for background.
During sunset, take a cruise past the exquisite Dubai Marina and take a series of Instagram-worthy shots. Everything along your cruise will be extremely photogenic. Be sure to immortalize the incredible architecture, and the water canals flowing alongside the buildings and the sun's rays glinting off of the tall structures. The Dubai Marina is a stunning collection of buildings and water canals that make for lovely shots. Whether you're taking pictures of the Dubai Marina during the day or during the night, you are guaranteed the best Instagram-worthy spots In Dubai.
ATLANIS THE PALM
The entire Palm Jumeirah Island is a photographer's dream come true. Focus on the Atlantis The Palm with the fronds of the Palm Islands in front for a beautiful shot. If you can, take aerial photos of the Atlantis with the rays of the sun shining on it. Pictures of the sunset against the Atlantis are also great for Instagramming, with the sun's rays passing through the Atlantis's palace-doors. Distant pictures of the Atlantis at night, when it is fully lit up, are worth their weight in gold.
The street art that lines the walls of the Dubai City Walk is something else indeed. Take some amazing pictures of the wall art, and the beautiful canopied cafes along the walk. The beautifully-designed streets of the Walk with their high-end stores and artwork offer endless opportunities to the creative photographer in you.
Dubai Parks And Resorts
Riverland Dubai offers a myriad opportunities for photographers. Imagine the recreated boulevards of Paris and New York. Consider taking shots of the most spectacular rollercoasters and other immersive rides. How about taking a shot of a giant LEGO structure at LEGOLAND Dubai? The lazy river with its screening of bushes and trees and the sunlight glinting off the water is a breathtaking photo opp. Browse through all the sections - Riverland, Legoland, Bollywood Parks and Motiongate for Instagram-worthy shots. You'll find millions of them.
La Mer is a stunning beachfront marvel that glitters with innovation. At night, the entire beachfront arena shines with a million twinkling displays of glittering lights strung across everywhere. Take shots of the cute fish motifs and trendy cafes and restaurants. Focus on the beautifully designed restaurants at La Mer, such as Parkers, Salt and Masti. Get some shots of the action at night with the lights and the people and the incredible vibe at La Mer.
Dubai Mall Waterfall
When you enter the Dubai Mall, you'll see a huge waterfall that begins somewhere near the building's roof. Several beautifully-crafted sculptures of athletic divers are suspended in the water's path. It looks like they're permanently frozen while making the dive. Be sure to take some pictures from the top and from the sides for varying perspectives. Be sure to capture the shadows behind the sculptures, the ones that make it look as though they're real divers. From a distance, they do look like real divers taking the jump into deep water, until you know better. You'll be happy with your Instagram-worthy shots, yes you will!
Whether you're focusing on Dubai's natural marvels or man-made marvels, you have plenty to aim your camera at. The city has many appealing aspects, both during day and by night. A shot of the buildings on the shore during the evening makes for an excellent picture, all lit up to welcome the night.
An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha Singh finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that we have just one life to live and so much to do, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.