16 Most beautiful travel photos of Dubai (that will entice you to go there)

Our Uber driver has us tucked safely into the back seat of his Lexus. And within a few moments of navigating a terminal plugged with cabs, we finally emerge onto a freeway leaving this cities airport behind us.

From the back seat, I lean forward and eagerly (well, almost gushingly) inform our driver that we’re headed to Palm Island. It’s where we’ll call home for the next 7-days.

The 30-minute commute has us twisting in our seats as everything around us seems to grab our attention. But it’s the horizon that’s slowly revealing itself that inspires the most wow’s, oohs and awes. And within a moment this sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers begin to surround us, with the ominous Burj Khalifa taking center stage.

The enormous and absolutely stunning buildings are only part of what inspired this visit. Everything is over-the-top ‘lux’, (I once heard that Dubai is likened to Vegas on steroids).

Yes, Dubai has topped the world stage with everything massive, glitzy, luxurious, spectacular… and on and on. And if it’s all been designed to lure us to this corner of the world, it’s worked – at least for this couple. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Dubai, I’d encourage you to pencil it into your bucket list for 2017.

Here’s a random collection of photos that were taken in and around Dubai. Click the image to enlarge.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai The world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa


Burj Khalifa, UAE

Yes, those are men cleaning the windows at Burj Khalifa


Dhow Wharfage, Dubai Dhow Wharfage, Crew members


Palm Island, Gulf‘Man-made’ Palm Island beach with its warm, gulf water


Dubai Marina, DubaiThe most luxurious ‘man-made’ Dubai Marina


Dubai Arabian DesertCatching the sunset in the Dubai desert


Dubai souks, UAESouk markets are still a part of daily life in Dubai


Dubai, Burj KhalifaJuxtaposed images: Desert sunset and Burj Khalifa


Dubai Creek, WharfageWooden dhows are loaded to the hilt with cargo


Dubai creek, UAEDeira fish market, Dubai creek


Dubai Dhow WharfageDubai Dhow Wharfage, Deira


Mohammed Ahmed Almulla Mosque in Dubai MarinaMohammed Ahmed Almulla Mosque, Dubai Marina


Burj Al Arab, DubaiBurj Al Arab Jumeirah, the world’s only seven-star hotel


Burj Al Arab, lobbyThe luxurious lobby at Burj Al Arab


Burj Al Arab, DubaiBurj Al Arab lobby. Look up and this is what you’ll see


Dubai Mall, UAEThe world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. With 1,200 stores


Photographs by Murray Sye: The top featured image was taken at the ‘uber’ luxurious Palace Resort in downtown Dubai – with all its Middle Eastern charm. All other images are a random collection shot in and around the surrounding areas of Dubai.

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  1. Robin

    Murray, your photos are absolutely stunning! They make me feel as if I’m really part of your adventure and a picture really can’t be any more perfect than that!

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