You’ve wanted to travel to Dubai for ages, but you’ve never been able to actually commit to booking the trip. Instead, you scroll through your Instagram feed, staring at pictures of that unmistakable skyline to try tosatisfy your wanderlust. Listen up: Thanks to the ease of Emirates airline, you can be the one on the other side of the camera. With spacious seats, in-flight entertainment and a taste of the local cuisine, you’ll arrive in Dubai feeling nothing but refreshed and ready to take in the sights. Below, the eight most Instagrammable spots you’ll never regret seeing IRL.
A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without snapping a photo of the world’s tallest building. With more than 160 stories and the highest outdoor observation deck in the world (At the Top), this just might qualify as your snap of a lifetime.
The Desert Dunes
Think deserts are just a big pile of dust? We beg to differ. Aside from traversing the dunes on buggies and camels, you can also head in just before sunset for an intimate family dinner. With no city lights or buildings to obstruct your view, the sunset (and stars!) are mind-blowing.
This historic waterway serves as the city’s center of commerce and allows visitors to learn about the culture of Old Dubai over the past 40 years. Simply buy a ticket, ride an abra (a traditional wooden boat) across the creek and let yourself soak in the museums, souks and restaurants
The Dubai Fountain
Located at the Dubai Mall on the 30-acre Burj Lake, this isn’t your average waterworks show. A total of 900 feet in length, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest (yup, another world record) choreographed fountain. It “performs” in conjunction with lights and music, so you should most definitely switch to video mode for this one.
Burj Al Arab
If this isn’t fit for a postcard, we don’t know what is. One of the many luxurious Jumeirah hotels, the Burj Al Arab’s distinctive sail-shaped structure is iconic in modern Dubai. (Psst, for a better look at the bright-blue waters, head to the very top of the hotel to visit the Skyview Bar.)
Dubai Miracle Garden
OK, we’ll cut right to the chase. This place literally screams Instagram. The Dubai Miracle Garden holds a Guinness World Record (welp, no surprise there) for the largest flower arrangement with over a whopping 100 million blooms.
If you’re looking for panoramic views of Dubai, set out to the open-air 360° Lounge located at the end of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel walkway. From here you can also see the Burj Al Arab up close and personal. Word of advice? We highly recommend calling ahead and making a reservation.
Family-friendly, stunning views and filled with plenty of activities, Kite Beach is a must-see. In addition to all the watersports available, there are tons of delicious restaurants serving everything from Mexican burritos to American burgers to Italian gelato. Remember: Always take a photo before taking the first bite.