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Getting the Most out of Dubai’s Top Insta Spots

Dubai at night

Nothing beats lightweight traveling mixed with high-quality photography. In the past this was impossible to achieve; but nowadays, we are living a photographic dream. From mirrorless cameras to powerful smartphones, everything is shrinking down, and we are for it! That broadens up the room for more travel bloggers to kick in, and that means more awesome photographs from all over the globe.
Without further ado, prepare to get the most out your next trip to Dubai!

1. Shangri-La Hotel Balcony

Burj Khalifa is iconic and has been photographed a zillion times, the trick with it is composition, and that’s what you get here. Here you’ll have one of the best available views for travelers of the massive skyscraper. Getting to its balcony is free for hotel guests, but you can still get in as a visitor if you pay. It is quite expensive, but hey, such a compelling view is totally worth the investment.

2. Meydan Bridge

Controversial and opulent as pretty much everything in Dubai. This bridge is definitely something to experience at least once in your life! The blue LED lights with the crisp skyline in the background make it a perfect spot for several shots. Your mind will set the bar.

Pro Tip: It isn’t mandatory to have one or two supercars with you on the bridge, but it is always a nice touch. You can get them on rentals, or if you know a local, that could help you out with them too.

3. Dubai Desert

Golden and always-changing dunes landlock the city of Dubai. Just drive in any direction, and eventually, you’ll be in surrounded by one of the most unbelievable desert experiences ever. This golden landscape will give you some really nice raw material for later digital retouching in Photoshop.

After some slight tweaks, you’ll have one of the most stunning photos of your lives. Remember to always include at least a piece of the city in your skyline shots that will make your desert utterly unique.

4. Burj Al Arab

Even after 20 years since it was completed, this magnificent hotel is still a must when traveling to Dubai. In fact, no respectable traveling Instagrammer should skip it at least once. And you don’t have to book a night to make it yours, just go to the nearby beach and you’ll be done.

Pro Tip: Try to shoot away from midday hours; otherwise you’ll get some harsh shadows and blown highlights from the hotel’s beautiful design.

5. Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Could you imagine having an aquarium in the middle of the desert? Well, this is Dubai, and here, everything is possible. This is another fascinating place that you should include in your shots. Located on the ground level of the Dubai Mall, this aquarium showcases hundreds of sea life, especially sharks and rays! Try to get early or late, so you could avoid getting cramped by the tourists.

Pro Tip: Even if you are shooting with a smartphone, try to cope it with a wide-angle lens capable of truly enhancingย the view of this magnificent place.

6. Level 43 Rooftop Bar

Sheik Zayed Road is going places, and you’ll need a perfect spot if you want to keep your shots amazing. It doesn’t matter if you get there on day or night time, you’ll always have a magnificent view of the city surrounding the 360-degree rooftop bar.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you get a good tripod, even if it is for your phone. Wind can turn pretty strong at certain hours of the day, making long exposure shots impossible when attempted in handheld mode.

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7. Atlantis The Palm

No Dubai list could ever be complete without iconic Palm Jumeirah, and Atlantis the palm is where to go. Here you’ll have some fun, a fantastic aquarium experience and one of the most outrageous Instagram spots ever.

Highly Important: There is a high chance you’ll be seduced by the beautiful looking waterpark, so make sure you manage to keep your gear dry while using it.

Bonus: Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

And last but not least, a bonus place that will make you stand out from the crowd. That is the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; itโ€™s only one-and-a-half-hour drive from Dubai. So, what can you expect of this place? Well, in brief, one of the most intense experiences available for visitors to the Middle East. Wow, this mosque really has some beautiful architecture!

Since it was completed in 2007, it became the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. During Eid, it can host up to 41,000 people and is absolutely gorgeous. If you include it in your trip, please remember always to be respectful, since it is a solemn place for local prayers visiting the mosque.