If you are in Dubai, there is a building that you simply cannot miss: the 828 meter high and really beautiful Burj Khalifa. But where is the best place to photograph the huge building? We explored the most beautiful photo spots and the most famous Instagram motifs around the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai.
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The most beautiful photo spots for the Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is located in the center of the city area “Downtown Dubai” and can be seen from almost every other point of the city. By its incredible height alone, it towers over all other high-rise buildings many times over. Nevertheless, it was almost impossible for us to photograph the Burj Khalifa from a distance. The problem is the partly poor visibility in Dubai. In our time it was always very good (especially in the morning), which is probably due to the dry desert dust. So there was always a kind of haze veil over the city and so we could never get a good picture of the Burj Khalifa from afar.
The situation is quite different if you want to photograph the Burj Khalifa up close. We had really perfect conditions here. Basically, it has to be said that it is not so easy to photograph a building with a height of more than 800 meters in landscape format from close up. In any case, a corresponding wide-angle lens is recommended 😉
But what are the best spots to photograph the Burj Khalifa? And what are beautiful photo motifs around the world record skyscraper? Here is a selection of our top photo spots.
The view from the Palace Hotel
One of the most beautiful photo spots on the Burj Khalifa is from our point of view from the entrance of the Palace Hotel. Here there is a large pool, which is lined with a long jetty and 2 rows of palm trees. We always thought that this spot is exclusively accessible to hotel guests. But access is completely public and free. This is where a visit in the morning is recommended. On the one hand you have the sun behind you for a perfect photo and on the other hand there is not too much going on.
The Wings of Mexico Statue
Another well-known photo spot is the “Wings of Mexico” by the Mexican artist Jorge Marin. Also here we were in the early morning and had the angel wings all the time completely for us alone. On the observation deck “At the Top” you can also find the famous angel wings of the artist Colette Miller. We have already seen them in Los Angeles .B.
The Dubai Steel Heart
Right on the Dubai Mall at Burj Khalifa Lake is the “Dubai Steel Heart” by sculptor Richard Hudson. The artist’s three-dimensional “Love me” heart sculpture is made of mirrored steel and has a height of five meters. In total, the sculpture weighs an incredible 7,000 kg. Here, too, a visit in the morning is recommended, as it can get extremely crowded on the outside of the Dubai Mall just in the evening hours – when the Dubai Fountains start.
The Dandelion Lights Sculpture at the Burj Park
A truly extraordinary photo spot are the Dandelions in Burj Park. This spectacular installation is the largest of its kind to date, which is very fitting given its location – next to the tallest building in the world. The sculpture “Dandelions” aims to capture the delicate nature of flowers by using a heavy material – namely metal. In the evening, by the way, the pustules are illuminated in different colors, which looks really great.
The view from Souk Al Bahar
Also from the outdoor area of souk Al Bahar you can take beautiful pictures of Burj Khalifa. To do this, you can simply walk along Burj Khalifa Lake. The souk, the “market of seafarers”, combines the classic with the contemporary and offers its visitors the modern variant of a traditional Middle Eastern market. Souk Al Bahar is home to over 200 shops and over 20 different restaurants and cafés.
The view from the Broadwalk at Burj Khalifa Lake
Of course, you can also make the Burj Khalifa directly from the Broadwalk on the big lake. You actually have a magnificent view of the skyscraper from everywhere. Especially in the evening, the Burj Khalifa is illuminated in different colours, sometimes there is even its own light show.
The view of the Souk Al Bahar Bridge
One of the most popular spots is certainly the small bridge over Burj Khalifa Lake. Especially in the evening to the Dubai Fountains this viewpoint is very popular, because on the one hand you can see the fountains very well and on the other hand you have the Burj Khalifa behind it as a motif. But also during the day you can take very nice photos from there.
The view from Hotel The Adress Downtown
One of the most beautiful views of the Burj Khalifa is certainly from the luxury hotel The Adress Downtown. The advantage here is that you can see the whole area, including the Dubai Mall, Burj Park and also the huge Burj Khalifa Lake with the Dubai Fountains. Unfortunately, as far as we know, there is no public viewing platform here. For this view you have to book a room with a corresponding view, which costs about 500€ upwards per night.
A map with all photo spots for the Burj Khalifa
On the following Google My Maps map we have drawn all the photo spots for the Burj Khalifa described above.
A map with all attractions in DubaiOn Google MyMaps we have marked all important sights and attractions in Dubai.
Our travelogues from DubaiDubai is an insanely diverse city and has quite a few attractions to offer. In our previous vacations, we had gotten to know the city only as a classic "stopover destination". Thereby, we didn't really have much time to explore the many sights of the city. And the desert metropolis is a true photo and Instagram paradise. One motif is more beautiful and spectacular than the other. The tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the largest building in the world in the form of a picture frame (Dubai Frame), the largest shopping center (Dubai Mall), the largest Ferris wheel (Ain Dubai), the largest flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden), the tallest hotel (Burj Al Arab) to the largest fountain system in the world (The Plam Fountain) and many more.
In addition, Dubai has developed so rapidly in recent years, so that we now had enough time to explore the desert metropolis on the Persian Gulf a little better due to a longer vacation. Here you can find our travel reports about the city of superlatives.
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Dubai Miracle Garden & the Dubai Butterfly Garden
The Pointe – The Palm Fountain at Palm Jumeirah
Al Seef Dubai, Dubai Museum, Spice Souk & Gold Souk
Dubai Marina – JBR, The Walk, The Beach & Ain Dubai
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La Mer – Beach, Shopping & Boardwalk in Jumeirah
Dubai Creek Harbour – The new harbour district in Dubai
Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium & the Underwater Zoo
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