THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN DUBAI
Dubai - a dynamic land of striking skyscrapers, sparkling seas and glittering golden beaches. Sitting majestically on the Persian Gulf Coast, Dubai holidays mean you’ll never be far from somewhere spectacular to take a quick Insta snap - leaving your friends and family back home with some serious holiday envy! In fact, if you do a quick search of #Dubai on Instagram, you’ll find over 80 million posts to scroll through!
No matter if you’re jetting off to this dazzling destination for the first time, or it’s a place you return to time and time again, from Burj Al Arab to Atlantis, make sure you stop by the most instagrammable places in Dubai to capture your very own picture-perfect moments. Don't have long in this bustling city? No worries, our guide on how to spend 48 hours in Dubai is sure to help you tick off the must-sees without wasting any time...
ATLANTIS THE PALM
Located on the man-made island, Atlantis, The Palm is a luxurious pastel pink building beautifully positioned against the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. An Instagrammers dream for its regal, fairytale-esque exterior, you’ll get the most incredible pics from above and so a helicopter ride is a memorable activity for those enviable aerial views.
DUBAI MIRACLE GARDENS
If you’re visiting Dubai between November and May, then you’re in for a treat as sitting pretty in the middle of the desert are the Dubai Miracle Gardens. It’s between these months the gardens go full bloom, showcasing a truly spectacular array of colours. With over 150 million flowers intricately designed in kaleidoscopic arches and mesmerising myriad shapes, the gardens are not to be missed!
Currently boasting the title of the tallest building in the world (amongst other world records), many holidaymakers flock to the Burj Khalifa for views of the city, however, the building exterior itself is every bit as impressive. The sleek skyscraper stretches 828 metres into the sky so it’s worth noting you’ll need to be quite a distance away if you want to capture the whole building in your photo!
Can you really take a trip to Dubai without exploring the sandy scenery of the desert? Hop into a 4X4 SUV and enjoy a daring desert safari as you discover the dramatic dunes. The earthy tones create a brilliant backdrop for a selfie and if you visit at sunset, you’ll capture one of the most magical scenes of your holiday - #nofilter needed!
AL FAHIDI HISTORIC DISTRICT
On the surface, Dubai is an ultra-modern destination, however Al Fahidi gives a glimpse of the old city before Dubai became the Dubai of today. Head here for your dose of history and culture; from vibrant souks filled with treasures to authentic Arabian dishes, you’ll have plenty to explore all amongst the aesthetically pleasing neutrals of the districts buildings.
From sunrise to sunset, Dubai Marina certainly draws in tourists both day and night. The lively location is home to an abundance of skyscrapers sitting statuesque alongside the water, making it one of the most insta-worthy spots in Dubai. Cruise the canal by yacht, relax and dine al fresco or simply stroll and snap the landmarks as you go.
An Arabian wonderland, Madinet Jumeirah is brimming with perfect palm trees, pretty pink buildings and glimmering waters just waiting to be snapped. It really is a beautiful area that has an inviting ambience nodding to traditional Middle Eastern culture. Stop by for diverse dining options, shop the bazaar or just watch the world go by.
THE DUBAI MALL
Dubai is renowned for it’s shopping so it’s no surprise it holds the world record for largest mall. If shopping is your thing, then you’ll be in your element here with over 1,300 retailers to choose from and walkways so wide you can even get a taxi round! When you’re not shopping to your hearts content, you’ll also find contemporary installations like the brightly coloured passage of umbrellas just waiting to have their Instagram moment. Don’t miss the incredible fountain too; featuring human sculptures appearing to fall into the water, this is a great place to take one for the gram!
BURJ AL ARAB
The world’s only 7* hotel really needs no introduction. The iconic Burj Al Arab is a sail-shaped building overlooking the ocean and yes, you guessed right, it’s an Instagram favourite! You’ll get the very best photos by visiting Jumeirah Beach, so stroll along the sand and walk in the direction of the Burj Alarab, before breaking into your best ‘over the shoulder’ pose. Don’t forget to #BurjAlArab when you post for a chance to be featured on the official Instagram page!
The beachfront area of La Mer is an Instagrammers playground with quirky photo opportunities all around. From colourful beach huts to contemporary graffiti, head down here to shop, dine or soak up the electric atmosphere. Both fashionistas and foodies will admire the array of boutiques, bars and restaurants to explore, whilst little ones will fill with joy when they see the waterslides.
It’s highly likely if you’ve been researching Dubai holidays that you’ll have spotted the aquarium. Located inside Atlantis, The Palm and home to an impressive 65,000 marine animals, get set to immerse yourself in the wonders of the water for a truly unforgettable experience. Wander through the tunnel and snap a selfie with the rays, or, if you’re feeling brave, make a splash and get up close and personal with the sharks.