8 picture-perfect places to visit in Dubai

Take a look at some of Dubai’s most Instagram-worthy spots.

Dec 1, 2016

Beneath its glitz and glamour, Dubai is home to scenic sights and glimpses of colourful Emirati culture. Here is a list of the city’s most picturesque places, as captured on Instagram.

1. Alserkal Avenue

Located within Dubai’s Al Quoz industrial area, Alserkal Avenue is a warehouse compound that has been given a new life; a transformation that brings contemporary art space, art galleries, studios, indie restaurants and cafes into area – bringing a cool factor to Al Quoz.

In March this year, the space has been extended to include new establishments including Elmarsa – a gallery that focuses on Arabic art and exhibits major artists like Baya Mahieddine, whose work was said to have inspired Picasso; and The Odd Piece, a shop that stocks conscientiously restored antique furniture and accessories from all over the world.

This creative cluster is Instagram-worthy, both inside and out.  The rotating art exhibits make for great photo opportunities while the industrial exterior is the perfect backdrop for #OOTD shots.

2. Burj Khalifa

Surely having the world’s tallest building on your Instagram feed will earn you some bragging rights among your friends. The Burj Khalifa towers over the city at 830 metres – the height of four Marina Bay Sands stacked up against each other. Time your visit right and you can catch the sun shining on the very tip of the skyscraper.

The Burj Khalifa also holds the Guiness World Record for the World’s Highest Observation Deck. There are two observation decks, one on the 124th level, and one on the 148th. The lower deck will give you a helicopter view of Dubai’s cityscape and ascending to level 148, you will see the tip of Dubai’s tallest building pierce through a fluffy white blanket of clouds.

While you are here, you absolutely have to take the customary when-in-Dubai tourist snapshot: standing before of rows of supercars. The Burj Khalifa car park is a tourist attraction in its own right, with rows dedicated to house luxury cars such as Lamborghinis, Porsches, and more.

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3. Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a dreamy, magical park filled with almost 100 million blooming flowers, all arranged in a dazzling array of structures and designs. Think castles, huts, flags, pyramids… and even a life-size Emirates A380, which is officially the world’s largest floral installation.

The Emirates A380 structure is covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants; when in full bloom, it will have an unprecedented total stem count of 5 million flowers and will weigh over 100 tonnes (take-off weight of an actual A380 is 575 tonnes)!

Located right next to the Miracle Garden is the Butterfly Garden, which houses thousands of beautiful butterflies from all around the world. It is also the biggest butterfly garden in the world. Consisting of nine domes, each around 2600m2, the Garden offers plenty of space for you to get in touch with nature.

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4. Dubai Desert

Golden dunes, glowing skies, and the ubiquitous camels; there’s so much magic in the Dubai Desert that it can be quite a challenge to capture it all in one picture. Perhaps the best way to take in all the sights is to go on a desert safari, where you can see visitors sandboarding down Dubai’s beautiful sand dunes and dune buggies tearing up the sand dunes.

5. Jumeirah Beach

Dubai’s most popular beach is a stretch of white sand located along the coast of the Persian Gulf. It stretches past the Palm Jumeirah, the city’s famous man-made Palm Islands.

At Jumeirah Beach, there is a stunning view of Dubai’s luxurious cityscape, the vast ocean and the setting sun on the golden horizon. You can barbecue, café-hop, play water sports; or simply lie on the smooth sand, let the waves wash over your feet, and take in Dubai’s coastal charm.

6. Dubai Creek

The historical Dubai Creek is a saltwater body that flows along Dubai’s historic center, between Deira and Bur Dubai. A century ago, it was a small commercial seaport, and since then the creek has widened. Today it is bustling with activity, with water taxis ferrying tourists to and fro.

You can explore the creek on your own by water taxi or opt for a sunset dinner cruise aboard a traditional Arabian wooden sailboat known as a dhow. As you sail along, you will see palaces, mosques and Dubai’s landmarks, including the Gold Souk and the Dubai Heritage Village. It is not every day you get a picture on a wooden sailboat with an impressive Arabian palace in the background.

7. Dubai Fountain

Situated on the vast, man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, the Dubai Fountain is a spectacle of water, music and light. It is also the world’s tallest performing fountain, shooting water up to 275m high – the height of Singapore’s Republic Plaza, one of our tallest skyscrapers.

The water dances to contemporary Arabic music, and at any given moment, there are over 83,000 litres of water in the air. The Dubai Fountain has an advanced water lighting system to put together a light show creating over a thousand different designs. In a nutshell, Instagram-worthy!

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8. Al Bastakiya

Established at the end of the 19th century by wealthy Iranian merchants, this historic neighbourhood’s labyrinthine lanes are filled with beautiful mosques, restored merchant houses, art galleries, cafés, and boutique hotels.

Walk down the alleys and you will find quaint little shops and historical sites that have been around for centuries, including the Old City Wall, constructed in 1800 from gypsum and coral; or rest and sip on refreshing Arabian teas to extinguish the Dubai heat in tea houses.

In Al Bastakiya, you can also visit Dubai’s oldest commercial art gallery, Majlis Gallery, established in the 1970s. It is situated in a beautiful antique house and exhibits a wide range of art from Asian oils and watercolour paintings to Arabic calligraphy and sculpture.

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