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7 Incredible Photos of Dubai From Space

Our impressive Emirate is great from the ground, but from up high... The view is incredible, and astronauts love to share the view

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20 April 2017

Last updated on 20 April 2017
7 Incredible Photos of Dubai From Space

It comes as no surprise to learn that the United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai, is one of the most photographed places on Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). 

With a coastline and structure that's impressive enough to see from the ground, it's no wonder the view from above is even more outstanding. 

Over the past decades, the view from space was something that hasn't been readily accessible by the general public. But in this modern age, with thanks to the ever-connecting worlds of social media, it's easy to check-in with astronauts currently onboard the ISS.

Astronauts like Tim Peake (British) and Shane Kimbrough (American) are only two of the many people who have shared pictures of Earth from their place in space, with the most recent one to capture our attention from French astronaut, Thomas Pesquet. 

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Any view of Earth from above is always amazing to see, but when it comes to Dubai. Perhaps we're biased, but the snaps taken are breathtaking... Here's our favourites!

If you zoom in close enough, you could probably find your house from this incredibly detailed picture.

Sometimes it's easy to forget the UAE isn't just all sand. Check out those mountains!

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A wonderful evening shot of the city and Palm Jumeirah.


Good evening Dubai! Nice view of the city and Palm Island from @ISS.

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It's nice to see Bluewater Island coming along nicely...


Hello Dubai! The Palm Islands look amazing from @ISS.

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We thought Palm Jumeirah was huge, until you take a look at the one in Jebel Ali.


Dubai minus the Dragon spacecraft photobomb this time... #dubai #unitedarabemirates #space

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And don't forget that time Dubai was photobombed by a Dragon spacecraft...

And this one from Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, shows the UAE in all of it's glory!

What to see the ISS with your own eyes?

There are points throughout the day that the International Space Station is actually visible by the naked eye from Earth. Thanks to it's reflective exterior, it can be easy to spot the ISS shortly after sunrise or sunset as the sun reflects off of it, and contrasts against the darker sky.

The next times it'll be visible as it crosses over Dubai will be:

Date Time Visibility*
April 20th, 2017 7:15 PM 3 Minutes
May 1st, 2017 4:42 AM 4 Minutes
May 2nd, 2017 3:53 AM 1 Minute

Visibility* is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.