Same as with the Paris post, there are not really the top spots, as I don’t know Dubai that well, but these are 5 great spots. Before I went to Dubai, I had few questions about them, especially about tripod use, so I hope that this list will still helps some of you, who plan to go there. So expect no surprising spots here :). Will need few more visits to get to those.
I will stick to places that are freely accessible in this list. You can also see all my photos from Dubai here.
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At the top / Burj Khalifa
Of course I have to include this one. It’s so unique to be able to be so high up. The view is just great. But there are few things one has to prepare for.
First of all, buy your ticket at least two weeks before online. Without it you either wont get up at all, or you will have to pay for the much pricier ticket on the spot. They also sell only specific number of tickets for a certain time, so they can get sold out very quickly.
Secondly, be prepared for a airport stile security check. They have no problems with camera gear or tripods, but they suggest you don’t take a big bag with you.
Thirdly, get a high stable tripod. The whole viewing area is surrounded with glass walls, but there are slits in them through which you can take photos (you can see them in the second photo here). Of course there are around eye height, so quite high for most regular tripos. Also the flooring is not the best there, and every time someone walks by, your tripod will shake. So get ready for that.
Of course the second place has to be the Dubai marina. If one likes photos of skyscrapers, it a must. It’s the best late at night and early in the morning, where you meet almost no one there. Usually there are no problems with tripods, but there are few spots in the northern part of the Marina, where you will be stopped by security guards. Same around the Marina club. If you want to avoid them, go there in crazy hours, or get a clamp. The railing there just works great as a support for a clamp.
Also get yourself an ND filter. The daytime photos looks so much better from there as long exposures.
They should have something like this in every city. A great place to get a nice photo of the cityscape. From one side you get a great view of Dubai Marina, from the other of the Burj Al Arab. Just take a longer lens with you, as it’s a little further away.
This is one of the most popular photography spots in Dubai. You will probably see few more photographers there. The arc of the bridge with the Burj Khalifa in the background just works so well.
Don’t be surprised that the are look more like a construction site, but it’s freely accessible, so there are no problems with taking photos there.
Jumeira Public beach
(please note, I got comments that this location is currently closed and there is some construction here)
Another great spot to get a good view of the skyscrapers, this time also with a very nice reflection. And if you are there at the correct time, you will maybe have a nice moonrise as I had.
There of course are many, many, many more spots, and I hope I revisit Dubai as soon as possible, to get many more shots.
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