Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 7 December 2019

Through the lens: 7 places to get the best National Day pictures in the UAE

Celebrate the Spirit of the Union by visiting these much-loved locations to capture the best 'only in the UAE' snaps

Kids playing at the Flag Garden near the Kite beach in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National 
Kids playing at the Flag Garden near the Kite beach in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National 

The UAE has no dearth of Instagram-worthy hotspots and, with the cooler weather upon us, this is the best time to get out and explore.

This UAE National Day, why not visit some of the most photogenic spots the country has to offer to capture some patriotic shots.

Kite Beach

The Flag Garden at Kite Beach has been a much loved (and much-photographed) spot ever since it first cropped up on Kite Beach in Dubai, in celebration of Flag Day, six years ago.

This year, the design has been taken up a notch with the garden comprising of 4,500 UAE flags arranged to create portraits of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (when viewed from above). As far as photo opportunities go, it doesn’t get better than this.

The Dubai Frame

Located within Zabeel Park (which happens to be another must-visit during Dubai’s cooler seasons), the Dubai Frame was awarded the title of the World’s Largest Frame by the Guinness World Records this year. Overlooking old Dubai on one side and new Dubai on the other, what better way to capture the spirit of the emirate that making a quick trip there? Taking a photo (or ten) is a must too, of course.

The Dubai Creek

DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – May 18 , 2017 : People taking Abra to cross Dubai Creek from Bur Dubai Abra station during the evening in Dubai. ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For News / Photo Feature. ID No :- 19078
People taking Abra to cross Dubai Creek from Bur Dubai Abra station during the evening in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

If it’s the sight (and snap) of the old centre of Dubai that you want, head down to the Dubai Souks where the photo opportunities are infinite. You can bargain for spices along the way or browse through jewellery at the Gold Souk. Last, but not least, take a Dh1 abra ride across the Dubai Creek.

With many of the abras proudly showcasing a UAE flag, this makes for plenty of Insta-worthy moments.

Souq Madinat Jumeirah

If it’s a trip to the souq that you’re after, but you’re not quite up to travelling to old Dubai, why not stop by the Madinat Jumeriah hotel?

Designed to mimic an old Middle Eastern marketplace, Madinat Jumeirah recently added photo opportunities. Seven Dubai-based artists’ celebrated the UAE’s rich cultural heritage for the 48th UAE National Day, and there work are now up on the walls. There’s also a special ‘The Spirit of the Union’ showcase from 4pm and 6pm on Monday, November 2.

The Dubai Creek Harbour

If it is sparkling water views and a Dubai skyline you’re after (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?), head over to the Dubai Creek Harbour. Simply walk along the harbour, take in the sight of the boats lazily floating away and admire the Burj Khalifa in the distance. If you want to make things really special, head down to any of the Vida Creek Harbour’s restaurants or treat yourself to a staycation there. Incredible sunset and skyline views await – so don’t forget that camera.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - June 5th, 2018: Standalone. Offices and homes on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Tourists take photos along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Those living in the Capital are sure to enjoy the festivities taking place at the Abu Dhabi Corniche to celebrate National Day. Why not also head over to Heritage Village, check out the museum there and take photos of the giant flag pole near the breakwater? There’s no better way to spend the day.

Al Hudayriat Island

Why not take the opportunity to drive on down to Al Hudayriat Island? From food trucks to Al Hudayriat Beach, there’s a lot to explore. The fact that you’ll also have great views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche (and the fireworks there) is just another bonus.

Updated: December 2, 2019 02:41 PM

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