Dubai’s combination of old and new, quaint and modern, city and desert is a must-see experience for all travel addicts. Our Dubai Flytographers have let us in on their favourite photo spots around Dubai. Read on for the details:

1. Dubai Desert

“Nothing beats the desert in my opinion! The vast dunes are so inviting for wide shots in particular and the texture of an untouched dune is just magical. It’s often windy out here and that combined with the perfect light gives the images a lot of life. Family shoots are particularly beautiful as the kids can run around and you get a lot of movement shots.” – Flytographer Akemi

Asian couple hugging each other and laughing on a couples trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One person sitting on a camel with the other holding the camel's reigns in the Dubai desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Two people each sitting in the Dubai desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A couple walking in the Dubai desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Couple holding each other, smiling and sitting in a tent structure in the Dubai desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A women trying to get an animals attention in the Dubai desert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2. Public Beaches

“Similar to the desert, the public beaches here offer beautiful opportunities for wide shots. Again, the wind and light lets you play around with movement and still shots. One beach in particular has a wonderful natural curve in the bay and the option of having the Burj Al Arab in the faint distance. This beach also has some rocks and a fishing pier/jetty which allows for some variety.” – Flytographer Akemi

3. Old Dubai

“This area is a must see for all visitors to Dubai, I think, as it offers a more authentic picture of the traditional Dubai. The Bastakia Quarter in Bur Dubai has been declared a heritage site. Many of the restored buildings feature the typical wind towers and in addition to the mosque, there is the center of cultural understanding, some courtyard cafés and lots of narrow alleyways to roam around. The nearby Spice and Textile Souks are very popular with visitors, as well. Taking an abra (local wooden taxi boat) over to the Gold Souk area or simply along the Creek is a peaceful break and offers a different perspective.” – Flytographer Akemi

Couple holding hands and walking down alleyway in Old Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
Couple holding hands and walking down alleyway (facing away from the camera) in Old Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
Couple hugging each other and smiling on a couples trip in Old Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
Couple walking together along elevated walkway on a couples trip in Old Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
Couple holding hands and standing against a wall together on a couples trip in Old Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates
Couple sitting together on edge of a water feature pond on a couples trip in Old Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates

4. Dubai CityWalk

“This new spot in Dubai is a modern self-contained shopping and dining area that is more of a community rather than a mall. There are a lot of open spaces, water fountains, street art, textured walls and colourful facades. It’s supposed to be more of a European town centre and is very popular with the local residents. A great place for a fun and colourful shoot.” – Flytographer Akemi

Couple hugging and standing on rocks near water with the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah skyscraper in the background in Dubai
Couple holding hands and walking along boardwalk on a couples trip in Dubai
Couple holding hands and standing on rocks by the water on a couples trip in Dubai
Couple standing together on a boardwalk with Jumeirah Beach Hotel in the background in Dubai
Couple holding hands and walking along the Jumeirah Beach sand in Dubai
Couple holding hands and standing on Jumeirah Beach close to the water in Dubai

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5. Dubai Creek Harbour

“Another new spot is the Dubai Creek Harbour promenade, which offers one of the best skyline views of Burj Khalifa and downtown. It’s not a huge place and quite a distance away, as it is on the other side of the creek, but because of the entertainment options (music, retail, food trucks) and the stunning view, it is a very happening place.” – Flytographer Akemi

6. Jumeirah Beach Walk

“This boardwalk near the Dubai Marina is a lovely location offering various backdrops (the ocean, cafés and restaurants, water fountains, residential high rises and hotels, cute food trucks, stylish beach cafés, etc). Very popular with locals and tourists alike.” – Flytographer Akemi

7. Dubai Miracle Garden

For a truly stunning display of the intersection of man and nature, visit Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden. The expansive garden sprawls over 72,000 square meters. In addition to the over 45 million flowers planted there, over 15,000 butterflies reside in the butterfly garden.

Couple hugging and kissing in the Dubai Miracle Garden
Couple holding hands and walking through heart-shaped floral archways in the Dubai Miracle Garden
Couple dancing together in the Dubai Miracle Garden
Couple kissing in front of pink gazebo in the Dubai Miracle Garden
Couple sitting on a heart-shaped bench together at the Dubai Miracle Garden
Couple standing together under floral archways at the Dubai Miracle Garden

8. Kite Beach

The aptly named Kite Beach is a popular spot for kite surfing, but even if you’re not there for sports, the beach’s pristine white sand and gorgeous views of Burj Al Arab make it a popular spot. Families, especially, will appreciate the play areas along the beach.

9. Al Qudra Lake

If you’re yearning to get out of the city to some solitude, the man-made Al Qudra Lake in the Saih Al Salam Desert is for you. There, you’ll find many exotic birds, but most of all, the peace and quiet of a beautiful landscape.

Couple walking together and holding hands in the desert sands of Al Qudra Lake
Couple smiling at each other and holding hands in the desert sands of Al Qudra Lake
Couple hugging each other in the desert sands of Al Qudra Lake on a couples trip to Dubai
Close up photo of man's arms around his partner's waist with a tattoo on his hand that says "Relax"
Couple walking and holding hands in the desert sands of Al Qudra Lake on a couples trip to Dubai
Couple sitting together on a sand dune and hugging at Al Qudra Lake on a couples trip to Dubai

10. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai is known for its progressive architecture and affluent lifestyle, but a jaunt outside the city centre will bring you to a completely different landscape. The Dubai Desert Conservation Project is protected land honouring the biodiversity of the desert, and here you can safari via camel, commune with the once-endangered Arabian Oryx, or off-road into the dunes to have dinner at a Bedouin camp.

Couple holding hands and walking down pathway together surrounded by palm trees at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Couple sitting on a stone bench and looking at each other at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Couple sitting together in an outdoor space beside a pool at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Couple hugging and kissing each other in the desert sands at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Couple holding hands and looking at each other in the desert sands at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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