Top 20 Locations in Dubai for Beautiful Pre Wedding & Engagement Photos
Where are the best places in Dubai for proposal, engagement, or pre wedding photos? Top 20 locations
11 April 2022
Plan your next couple photo shoot with our list of the best locations in Dubai!
As a city blessed with diversity, from its architecture, things to do, and its own residents hailing from different cultural backgrounds, there is no shortage of locations to snap gorgeous proposal, pre wedding, and engagement photos in Dubai.
Here is our list of the 20 best places for engagement photos, romantic couple photo shoots, and pre wedding photo shoots in the emirate. The list also includes some hidden gems spots in Dubai where you can capture beautiful couple photos.
Get ready to be inspired with this ultimate Dubai photo shoot location guide and make the most of the emirate's catalogue of unique backgrounds, activities, and destinations for your romantic photo shoot.
1. Burj Khalifa Dubai
We can't have a list of the best proposal, pre wedding, and engagement photo shoot locations in Dubai without featuring the Burj Khalifa! Get your special moment photographed At The Top for the views, or down below to keep the building in-shot.
2. The Aquariums
Another great photo shoot spot includes the Atlantis The Palm's Lost Chambers Aquarium, and the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo located in Dubai Mall. An aquarium offers a beautiful and romantic backdrop for engagement pictures.
3. The Courtyard, Al Quoz
Hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city is The Courtyard, a lush hideaway spot in the Quoz Industrial area where you can capture plenty of gorgeous pre wedding or engagement photos in Dubai.
4. The Desert
Pretty much the first place that comes to mind when you think of engagement and pre wedding photography in Dubai.
The desert provides plenty of photo opportunities that are more private and really shows that you're in the Middle East. The best part yet, is that during sunset and sunrise, you can get some beautiful light in the shot! Our favourite locations are the Qudra desert and Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
5. Miracle Garden and Butterfly Garden
Miracle Garden and Butterfly Garden are among the most popular man-made gardens in Dubai.
If you plan on taking photos here, you might want to visit at off-peak times, as both gardens gets pretty busy during the winter season. That is, unless you are intentionally looking for a busy location. Nevertheless, both gardens are too beautiful a site for engagement photos to not mention in this list!
6. At the Beach
Dubai has many public beaches offering unique experiences that are perfect for proposal or engagement photography. The boardwalks at Kite Beach, the art installations at La Mer and JBR, and the sandy beaches by The Palm... couples and photographers are spoiled for choice!
7. On a Cruise or Boat Ride
If you're on the hunt for a unique place for proposal, engagement, or pre wedding photo shoots, then hop onboard a luxury yacht in Dubai Marina or sail along Old Dubai in an abra (traditional boat).
8. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Situated along Dubai Creek, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a major cultural destination in the heart of old Dubai. This is a great proposal, engagement, or pre wedding photography spot if you're looking for a historic and rustic vibe for your engagement shoot.
Although the district can be busy during peak hours, especially during winter, it's a large enough location that you can usually find a quiet corner for your couple photo shoot.
9. Alserkal Avenue
One of Dubai's more alternative locations, this industrial-themed destination offers forward-thinking arts and cultural spots for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Here, you'll find a lineup of galleries, facilities, and centres featuring local and international artists as well as other talents. Alserkal Avenue provides some great art galleries and creative workshops to play with for couple photo shoots.
10. Hatta Dam
Hatta Dubai offers heaps of opportunities for an outdoorsy proposal or engagement photography session, from the mountains and kayaking to the cosy glamping spots and surrounding greenery.
11. Dubai Metro
That's right, the Dubai Metro can be an unconventional and even romantic location for engagement and pre wedding photo shoots.
During sunrise and sunset, as the main metro lines passes through, the light and shadows on the city can make for some beautiful captures.
If you're worried about whether or not photography is allowed in the Dubai Metro, you can rest easy!
"It is perfectly fine to take pictures from any angle on the Dubai Metro or its premises," said the Director of the Rails Network Department in 2013.
He added: "You can take pictures of the Metro, from the Metro, inside the Metro; it is all permitted."
Image: Hitched in Dubai
12. The Dubai Fountain
For an equally romantic and glamorous backdrop, visit the Dubai Fountain for your proposal, engagement, or pre wedding photo shoots. You can hold a photo session on a boat ride in the fountains, at any of the fabulous Downtown Dubai hotels overlooking the fountains, or by the souq.
13. Souq Madinat Jumeirah
A photo shoot at the Souq Madinat Jumeirah is great for couples seeking a romantic, nostalgic, and Middle Eastern style vibe.
On top of a lovely water way and boat ride offering views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, this Arabian bazaar in Dubai has traditional stalls and restaurants that would make great backdrops for your photos.
14. Dubai Equestrian Clubs
A rustic and romantic horse stable or horse riding engagement shoot in Dubai is perfect for couples who have a sense of fun and adventure.
Check in with the equestrian clubs in Dubai to rent a horse for your couple shoot. There are also horse riding lessons you and your significant other can take out in the desert or by the beach.
16. Amusement Parks in Dubai
For the couple who are young at heart, take your proposal or pre wedding photos at any one of Dubai's thrilling theme parks, from the Hollywood-inspired Motiongate Dubai to the family-friendly Indian-movie themed Bollywook Parks.
17. Hot Air Balloon Ride
For spectacular couple photo shoots in Dubai, consider hopping on a hot air balloon ride or using it as a backdrop.
18. Dubai Polo Clubs
Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club and the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club are exquisite locations for proposal and pre wedding photo shoots. On top of being great spots for an equestrian-themed photo shoot session, both clubs have gorgeous, elegant interiors for classy pictures.
19. At the Golf Course
Great for golfing couples, consider places like the The Els Club Dubai, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, and the Jumeirah Golf Estates to name a few.
20. The Farm, Al Barari
This hidden gem in Dubai offers a lush oasis where you can snap your pre wedding photo shoot with a lovely botanical and pond backdrop.
Got any romantic Dubai locations to recommend for a couple photo shoot? Let us know below!