The Best Spots for an Amazing View in Dubai

February 15, 2016 by Keyta Hawkins

It can’t be denied that when it comes to impressive, flashy cities, Dubai sits right at the top of the list. It boasts a towering collection of glittering skyscrapers that sprawl as far as the eye can see, not to mention panoramas of the Arabian Gulf. There’s a sight to behold from almost every vantage point, but to get a really good view of Dubai, these are the places you need to get yourself up to:

The Burj Al Arab, the highlight of the Dubai skyline (Image: Burj Al Arab)

The Burj Al Arab, the highlight of the Dubai skyline (Image: Burj Al Arab)

The Observatory

Despite having just one skyscraper back in 1991, Dubai is now home to more than 900 high rises – and counting. So architecture-lovers will no doubt be in awe of the incredible views from the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Observatory restaurant and bar, located on the 52nd floor. The incredible 360-degree lookout is particularly impressive after dark, when a warm glow emanates from the illuminated city below.

WHERE? Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, Dubai 66662

The backdrop at Baratsi Beach (Image: Barasti Beach)

The backdrop at Baratsi Beach (Image: Barasti Beach)

Barasti Beach

It’s not all about city-life in Dubai, you can easily Escape to the coast to get your dose of sun, sea and sand at one of its many beach-side venues. Barasti Beach is Dubai’s ultimate beach hangout and boasts beautiful views across the Arabian Gulf, set against a backdrop of towering skyscrapers. Here you can swim, sunbathe and sip on refreshing beverages to your heart’s content. What’s more, thanks to its desert location, it rarely rains in Dubai and the constant sunshine makes Barasti Beach the perfect spot to visit year-round.

WHERE? Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach, PO Box 213084, Dubai

Prime68

If you love a good steak then try Prime68, arguably the best boutique steakhouse in the city. As it is located on the 68th floor, dinners can admire stunning views of Dubai as they gorge on succulent steaks, sourced from top beef suppliers from across the globe and accompanied by delectable à la carte dishes. Prime68 has a fantastic dining atmosphere, enhanced by its stylish and elegant decor and mood lighting.

WHERE? JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai 121000

The view from dinner at the Burj (Image: Burj Al Arab)

The view from dinner at the Burj (Image: Burj Al Arab)

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is renowned as the world’s only 7-star hotel, complete with its own private stretch of beach and a helipad! Not just that, but it’s also the most expensive hotel in the world: rooms cost between US$1,000 and $15,000 per night. Fortunately you don’t have to be a guest to gain access to this exclusive address – try dinner and drinks here instead, choosing from myriad restaurants and bars. For world-class dining and a killer view, Al Muntaha is the place to go.

WHERE? Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai

Embassy

Enjoying a cocktail with a view is always a good idea and, in Dubai, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sky-high rooftop bars. Head for Embassy and you won’t be disappointed. Whether you are looking to drink, dine or dance to live DJ sets, Embassy is the place to go: so get dressed in your best and enjoy an incredible evening at one of Dubai’s trendiest locations.

WHERE? Embassy, Grosvenor House Dubai Al Sufouh Road, P O Box 118500

The Bateaux Dubai on Dubai Creek (Image: Bateaux Dubai)

The Bateaux Dubai on Dubai Creek (Image: Bateaux Dubai)

Bateaux Dubai

Taking a Bateaux dinner cruise is a chic way to see Dubai Creek, the historic part of the city. Diners can enjoy an exquisite à la carte dinner whilst floating down tranquil waterways and observing the city’s gaudy buildings as they glide past. It’s easily one of the most romantic ways to see Dubai, while its freshly-prepared nouvelle cuisine, served in a fully air-conditioned dining area, means it’s one of the coolest experiences too – in both style and temperature.

WHERE? Bateaux Dubai is moored on the Deira side of the Creek, further down the Baniyas Road, opposite the Emirates NBD head office

View from Burj Khalifa (Image: Visit Dubai)

View from Burj Khalifa (Image: Visit Dubai)

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa encapsulates the spirit of Dubai as a whole; it is grand, literally larger than life and utterly unique. It currently holds the title of the tallest building in the world, so it’s no surprise it attracts visitors from all around the globe. So for the highest view in all the land, head to the 148th floor, otherwise known as the world’s highest open-air observation deck.

WHERE? Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai

All around the city

There is a plethora of options when it comes to getting a good view of Dubai, including hop-on-and-off bus tours, hot-air balloon rides and even helicopter flights if you’re feeling really flash. The city also has the longest automated rail network on the planet, so it’s no surprise most of its routes boast great views too.


Ready to soak up some of Dubai‘s most amazing views? Speak to one of our Travel Experts about booking your trip today – whether you’re seeking a beach holiday or a weekend stopover en route to Australia.


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About Keyta Hawkins

Hello! I'm Keyta Hawkins, a wanderlusting twenty-something from the UK. I grew up in Cornwall by the seaside with my Filipino mother and English father. I'm an international travel writer, accredited freelance broadcast journalist and of course the creator of The Wayfarer. Let's explore? Fellow Wayfarer.