An Instagrammer’s Guide To Dubai

I have been lucky enough to travel to Dubai a couple of times now, and it never gets old. It really is a place like no other on earth! The climate is amazing, the views are stunning, and the architecture is like nothing else around, so it makes it a great place to snap pictures and just generally live your best life through all that there is to do there. Plus, if Instagram is your thing, then being able to get some #holidaygoals images when you’re out there could give your feed a boost. After all, it has been found that millennials (and I am technically one) choose their holiday destination by how photogenic a place is. So make the most of a trip, by finding, visiting, exploring, and ‘gramming the best spots in the city.

So where are the best places to visit and the best places to get amazing pictures for the ‘gram? Here are some of my tip picks in Dubai – if you’ve been to any of them, I loved to hear what you think of if you’d add any others to the list.

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Dubai Marina

The marina is an amazing location, that is the perfect set up for some stunning photographs. you can walk alongside it if you want to feature, as well as take a yacht cruise along the marina; it is a super photogenic route that shows off plenty of the sights and landmarks of Dubai. Daytime or evening both work for some stunning shots.

Dubai Mall Fountains

The Dubai Mall is one of the biggest malls in the world, so is worth a trip over there anyway (hello Cheesecake Factory). But there are so many pretty things to capture at the mall. From some Manolos, to the indoor waterfall, to the fountains outdoors, there is plenty to choose from. With a backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and the mix of LED lights for the fountain display, it is worth a visit, and a few Insta-images.

Burj Khalifa

Speaking of the Burj Khalifa, a list about Dubai would not be complete without a mention of the world’s tallest building, made famous through that Mission Impossible scene with Tom Cruise. As it is so tall, though, you may need to take photos from a distance, unless you go for a vertical shot looking up when you’re closer. The best shots are at dusk or sunset, just before all of the lights switch on.

Jumeirah Mosque

The outside and the inside of this mosque are incredibly beautiful, and visitors are welcome.  Night images of the Mosque are incredible, as the four domes on the building are lit up. With the palm trees in the background, it makes for a truly stunning photograph.

Burj Al Arab

What was I saying about Dubai being a place like no other? Oh yeah, it has the world’s only seven star hotel! We haven’t stayed there, but did go for afternoon tea. It is a must to just have a wander around, and the location of it is really lovely too. It is an architectural dream as well, making it perfect for some pictures for Instagram. Right by the beach and posing with it in the background, the interiors of the hotel, or the outside all up close and personal, it is all good.

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Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden has over 109 million flowers on display, so talk about being an Instagrammer’s dream? A drone for aerial shots of the garden can be a good idea too. Just don’t forget to take pics of the butterfly house and the heart-shaped canopy-covered pathways; dreamy!

Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm is a hotel and space like not other, set out on its own completely man-made island. Surrounded by water makes it a great place for some Instagram photos, as well as the unique architecture of the hotel itself. Inside there is an amazing fish tank that can make some good Instagram-worthy images too.

The Desert

I have heard some people say that they don’t like all of the man-made things about Dubai, and that there is always construction going on. They are always expanding it, but there is still so much to enjoy. And if you want to embrace a little more of the Arab culture, then taking a trip into the desert is a must. You can go on dunes, camel rides, enjoy traditional foods, star gaze, and even see some Arabian traditional entertainment. When you literally are surrounded by sand for miles, it makes for some amazing images.

Have you ever been to Dubai before? It would be great to hear what you think.

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  1. bryanna skye
    11th September 2018 / 5:04 pm

    wow your pictures make it look stunning! I’ve never been but it looks fab

    • Ellie Hill
      12th September 2018 / 9:01 am

      The landscape and all the buildings are amazing aren’t they?!

  2. 12th September 2018 / 8:42 am

    I’d love to go to Dubai as the landscape looks amazing, these are also some beautiful photos x

    • Ellie Hill
      12th September 2018 / 9:00 am

      It looks amazing doesn’t it!

  3. 12th September 2018 / 9:40 pm

    This is amazing I would love to visit one day.

  4. 13th September 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Loving your photos! not been Dubai, but looks like an amazing place with plenty of photo opps x

  5. 13th September 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Such fab photos of Dubai. It looks like an incredible place to visit.

  6. 14th September 2018 / 1:34 pm

    I’d love to visit Dubai. It might sound a bit odd but I love the idea of going star gazing there – I bet the views of the stars are amazing at night x

  7. 17th September 2018 / 1:47 pm

    Dubai is on my bucket list, it looks like it has lots of beautiful places to visit

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