Dubai, UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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While I’m famously not a fan of Vegas, there’s something to be said for a city that can do bright, bold and flashy light displays in a tasteful manner. Dubai is such a city.

It’s oddly reminiscent of Disney World’s Electrical Parade, wouldn’t you say?

And what better vantage point from which to observe said skyline than an aerial lounge on the 63rd floor of one of the city’s most popular hotels? (Thanks to having friends like Johnny Jet who get nobodies like you into the hottest—and highest—table in Dubai.)

We later moved down to the VIP level to watch the fountain show from an outdoor patio and fully take advantage of the balmy Arabic night.

I’m a sucker for a fountain show, and I could have watched Dubai’s go all night long.

Next time, however, I’ll pack a tripod. Little makes me cringe more than blurry photos like these, doing little justice to an otherwise magnificent scene.

What’s your favorite nighttime skyline view?

  • December 17, 2010

    Great pictures! Dubai is a beautiful city at night!

  • December 17, 2010

    Dubai is like a fantasy city (or science fiction city, even), so over the top – but I couldn’t help but like it. Especially liked the Bur Dubai area, by the Creek. And the old Bastakiya quarter. Some great night shots here. I particularly liked the second one.

  • December 17, 2010

    Very cool shots despite being blurry. NYC will always be my fave! 🙂

  • December 17, 2010

    GORGEOUS! I want to go 🙂

  • December 17, 2010

    Who’da thought Dubai looked like that??! Not me!

  • December 17, 2010

    Although the city views, lights and fountains are fabulous I’ll take the canyon’s skyline anytime.

  • December 17, 2010

    I looove Dubai. SO many people hate it and have terrible things to say about the place. While it is a bit tacky, I think it is such a beautiful place. Although, I might be a bit biased because we got engaged there, so it was a happy time.

    The fountain kind of reminds me of the one at the Bellagio.

  • December 17, 2010

    Beautiful photos as always… I like the blurry one too!

  • December 18, 2010

    Beautiful, but I gotta be partial to the Vegas night skyline 🙂

  • December 18, 2010

    I haven’t been out of the Dubai airport, but I LOVE Chicago by night.

  • December 19, 2010

    Even your blurry photos are gorgeous.

  • December 29, 2010

    Nice post with excellent pictures. The pictures alone would make me want to go there, because they show how much character the place has!

  • December 30, 2010

    Holy cow! Beautiful. Add it to my list of places to see.

  • January 11, 2011

    Burj Khalifa– tallest building in the world aye?

    Must be quite a site all lit up at night!

  • August 28, 2013

    i too love fountain shows, specially in dubai its superb but i don’t like crowd. Nice pics of burj khalifa.

    • July 30, 2014

      why don’t you like crowd? people come to enjoy the musical fountain and the synchronization. imagine you standing alone, will be able to enjoy it? ofcoz not. Dubai is a lovely place for ALL. 🙂

  • December 22, 2015

    Agreed! I’d love to get back to Dubai and see more of the surrounding area. Very cool city indeed!

  • March 13, 2020

    I was due to go to Dubai next week! Plans had to change but yes, I will be looking out for views like these when I finally do go – how amazing!

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