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25 photos that will inspire you to visit Dubai

Dubai photography

I am fresh off the plane from 2 weeks in Dubai and my mind is still reeling. It is not often that I visit a place only to have every expectation of mine blown out of the water. Everything I though I knew about this sprawling metropolis in the Middle East was wrong and I learned more than one lesson of not to judge a book by its cover.

It seems to me that the theme of Dubai itself is that anything is possible. How can such a place exist and have been imagined into reality?

To say Dubai is beautiful is a massive understatement. It has its own complex beauty that, to be fair, took the nature photographer in me a few days to truly begin to appreciate.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know what I was going to think of Dubai. I am not *really* a city girl but I have always tried to keep an open mind while traveling. Luckily, it didn’t take long to wow me into submission. Fangirl over here.

A photo posted by Lauren Bath (@laurenepbath) on

I was privileged enough to explore Dubai with 9 other inspirational Instagrammers which was a huge opportunity for me to learn and grow as a photographer.

You guys know I love the ‘gram, so I couldn’t resist putting together my first Dubai post of my favorite shots of mine from the trip and also from the guys who joined me there (be sure to give them a follow for more epic travel imagery). If you follow me on Snapchat (YoungAdventures) or on Instagram, you will already have seen some of this travel goodness, otherwise you can check out my friend Matt’s daily vlog here from the trip, in which you might catch a glimpse of my face, as hard as I tried to avoid it.

Are you ready for a visual overload? You’ve been warned. Here are 25 photos that will make you want to head to Dubai STAT. 

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The Burj Khalifa

I feel like you can’t begin a post about Dubai without mentioning the most iconic building in the city – the Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest building, the Burj, dominates the Dubai skyline, and I mean dominates. I couldn’t believe how far back I had to lean back to see to the top when I was by the mall.

I caught my first glimpse of the Burj during the drive from the airport to my hotel in the desert in the sunrise, and I could just see the top of it blinking above the predawn haze, like a rocketship about to be launched. It was so astonishing, I popped quickly up from my 36 hour travel lethargy to say “oh shit” and scare the crap out of the driver who thought I was sleeping.

Did I mention it’s impressive?

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The view from the Burj Khalifa

If a view of the Burj itself doesn’t tickle your fancy enough to hop on the next 14 hour flight to Dubai, the view from the 124th floor will. If you only do one activity in Dubai, let this be the one. And my oh my did we get lucky when it was our turn to step into those elevators. 

Very rarely, usually between seasons, the weather shifts enough to blanket Dubai in cloud and fog, that eventually burns off with the heat of the day. And sure enough when we stepped outside on the viewing platform, the fog began to roll in and cover the skyscrapers in cloud, making for the most epic photos you could ever wish for. Thank you weather!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen photographers so giddy!

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Dubai photography

The people

For me, the most valuable and important thing I learned in Dubai was about the culture and the people. More on this coming soon, but I can safely say every stereotype I had imagined for the UAE was utterly and completely wrong.

The people there are just incredible.

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Dubai photography

The Al Hajar Mountains

I almost don’t want to spill this secret, but I trust you guys are cool. Did you know that Dubai has mountains? Nope, me neither. I’m not going to lie, my image of Dubai before this trip was sand and skyscrapers.

So when my alarm beeped at the ungodly hour of 3:30 in the morning to head out of the city to the nearby Al Hajar Mountains for sunrise (this is what happens when you travel with photographers) I knew I was going to see something special and unexpected, which is pretty much the only thing besides coffee to get me up that early.

As the sky began to change from purple to gold, the surrounding mountains began to emerge from the darkness transporting us to what felt like the moon. Dubai, you’re full of surprises.

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A photo posted by Rob Mulally (@robmulally) on

The luxurious hotels

If there is one place in this world to treat yourself and splurge, it’s Dubai.

I’ve never seen so many 5 star hotels in one place before, and many of them are the same price as a regular hotel here in New Zealand. So save your pennies and check yourself in somewhere fancy next time you are in the big city. In Dubai even luxury can be affordable.

And oh my giddy god do the hotels have the absolute best breakfasts ever?! Thankfully I packed my leggings and stretch pants.

A photo posted by Li-Chi Pan ☁️ (@lichipan) on

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Dubai photography

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There are many traditions in the United Arab Emirates, but none so protected or respected as falconry.

You guys know I am a #BirdNerd, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hold a beautiful falcon in Dubai. I have a photo of my mom when she was young holding a hawk in Virginia where she volunteered rescuing birds and releasing them back into the wild.

The world’s biggest falcon hospital is in Abu Dhabi, and falcons in the Emirates all have passports and fly business class cage-free on Emirates. What do I have to do to get that kind of treatment?

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Dubai by night

I don’t think I have ever said a place is more beautiful at night, but it’s DEFINITELY true for Dubai. The city comes alive as soon as the sun goes down and the temperatures drop, and all the buildings become on beautiful colorful show.

Whoever imagined the lighting of Dubai deserves an award because it’s spectacular.

Whether you are watching the fountain shows in front of the Burj or talk your way up to a private presidential suite of a fancy skyscraper or just hang out with your friends at one of the many high rise hotel bars with a view, do not sleep through Dubai after dark. Trust me on this one.

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  A photo posted by Jarrad Seng (@jarradseng) on

Camel ice-cream

Self-explanatory. Opinions on flavor were divided. I didn’t hate it.

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The Souks around Old Dubai

Guys, you know I love old stuff, so I jumped at the chance to visit the souks, markets and winding narrow streets of old Dubai. This was more of the Middle East I imagined and was familiar with.

Bright colors, smells of spices, more pashminas or hookahs than I ever need; this was my favorite part of town.

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Dubai photography

Shake Shack

I’m American guys, bear with me. I know this will be the most controversial thing I say in this post, but Shake Shack are the best fast food burgers in America and OMG the are everywhere in Dubai!

I haven’t sunk my teeth into one since I was in NYC in the spring of 2013 (yes I remember that), so obviously I went three times when I was in Dubai and I wholeheartedly suggest you do too.


The desert

I have to finish with the most iconic imagery of Dubai and the UAE – the desert.

This city was built from nothing into one of the most beautiful skylines in the world in a place people thought impossible. I could watch the red sand blow around the dunes for days and never get bored. What a site!

I will always be a nature girl at heart so this is one of my favorite memories of Dubai. Can I go back now? Just maybe when it’s a little less hot.

Have you been to Dubai? Are you curious about the Middle East? Have I convinced you to visit yet?

A photo posted by Lauren Bath (@laurenepbath) on

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Dubai photography

Many thanks to Dubai Tourism for hosting me in the UAE and thank you Lauren Bath for inspiring me and making me part of the team. Like always, I’m keeping it real, like you can expect less from me. 

110 Responses to 25 photos that will inspire you to visit Dubai

  1. Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine October 13, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    I had been following along with your trip on Instagram, and you’ve already taught me so much and have positively destroyed Dubai stereotypes. Liz, I know I say this for just about every post I comment on, but you’ve got such a great perspective and I always appreciate you sharing with the blog world. Also – Shake Shack!! No idea they had it in Dubai. I do not blame you one bit for going gaga over it. I will eat one in Philadelphia for you. 😉

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you!

  2. Christine October 13, 2015 at 3:10 am #


    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:54 am #


  3. Kerjan | Backpack Babe October 13, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    Amazing!!! Such beautiful pics, need to get there asap! What an amazing city! My favorite pic is you walking in the sand :))

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you!

  4. Amanda October 13, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    I love your pictures! You have absolutely convinced me to travel to Dubai.

    I am an international school teacher (currently working in Venezuela) and I’ve always thought of applying to schools in Dubai, but I had this imagine of a bunch of desert and skyscrapers. Thanks for all the great info to the contrary!

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      It’s a very interesting place!

  5. Michaila October 13, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    After following your excursions in Dubai through your Instagram and Snapchat, you have convinced me to visit Dubai at some point in my life. Before you visited and posted about Dubai, I too had those same stereotypes about the city. I also had other worries considering it’s in the Middle East which doesn’t really have a good reputation at the moment. I know my parents wouldn’t be too happy about me going to Dubai but from what I’ve seen through you, Dubai is just at multicultural as London. Thank you, Liz!

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      It’s the most multicultural place I’ve ever been, the city is 90% expats!

  6. Alisa October 13, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    One of my second cousins (I think…maybe 3rd?), just moved to Dubai! I was harassing her the other day about how I need to visit at some point. That was before I saw these pictures! Now I am 100x more determined to visit. I knew Dubai was pretty, but I had no idea just how pretty. Thank you for bumping this destination up on my list. Now I’m going to go put your post on her fb wall. 🙂

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      Do it!!

  7. Amy M October 13, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Absolutely love following along on your photography journey! These photos are beautiful Liz xo

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:55 am #


  8. Julian James October 13, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Beautiful photos and captions Liz! I spent a quick day in Dubai last year but left unimpressed. The brief glimpse I saw felt just a bit too artificial and sterile. This post totally makes me want to revisit it though!

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      you definitely have to dig to find the good stuff but there’s plenty there

  9. Garry Norris October 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Love your blog Liz, so jealous i wasn’t there.

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Next time mister!

  10. Aga October 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Perfect timing with this post – I’m planning to visit Dubai in July next year and was trying to figure out if 2 days would be enough for me there. Now I know the answer – Nope, stay there at least 1 week!

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      I think 3-4 days is a good amount of time but a week is perfect if you have the time

  11. Elena October 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    When I ran out of countries to visit, I will veeeeryyyy slowly make my way to the fake, overrated, shallow, silicon gold-digger filled, Dubai. Only way to get me here before that, would have to be some kind of layover or if I’m offered a minimum of 10k for a couple days Modeling or film work.

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Have you been there?

      • Elena October 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

        as I said, no. and it will be the last country I would visit..

        Afghanistan… now that’s what I call an adventure… will be going there as a solo woman next year or so.

        Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Uganda, Tanzania etc, have rich history and beyond.

        I have been in entertainment industry for many years and I know what Dubai does … Tries to bribe big “names” so that they promote their obviously small manhood.. Only small size manhood builds places such as Dubai on the backs of slaves, who get their documents stolen and who are forced to work for laughable amounts.

        That’s the REAL Dubai… that nobody who is paid will ever talk about.

        (Story of Slavery and Abuse of slave-workers for those billionaires in Dubai is not a secret, I hope you know that)

        You once told me that me walking with Lions was unethical. Giving my money to Dubai is unethical to me.

        The photographs are beautiful though.

    • kayce. October 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      dude, grow up. you’re not deep and your blasé posturing is a poor veil for your bigotry.

      (and if someone pays you so much as $10 for anything [unless it’s to stfu] i’ll eat a shoe.)

      • Elena October 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

        ))) thanks for the laugh… a person who calls a woman “dude”, should be about 16-year-old, American idiot, who wouldn’t be able to point out Turkey or Egypt on a map.

        When you have over 25k readers in 190+ countries, worked in Hollywood films, modelled for legendary photographers, lived in 10 countries, traveled to over 40 and was granted and have dual citizenship, and have more than at least 100k google search results, get back to me… Dude.. until then.. take a f*ing hike.

        • Liz October 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

          Please don’t talk to my readers like this. You have a point, and to be honest, I felt similar to you BEFORE I went and everyone can have their say, but personally I have zero value for people who say things like this about a place they’ve never been to. And since when did the Daily Mail become a credible source?

          Take it from someone who has millions of google searches and millions of readers around the world and who has been to over 50 countries, filmed TV shows, and worked with some of the most famous photographers and videomakers in the world, your arrogance doesn’t do you any credit. You could have presented the same argument 100 times better without sounding like a cocky bitch if you kept your temper. But then again, does your opinion really matter since you haven’t been to Dubai? Seriously, go then let me know.

      • Elena October 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

        ps – if you haven’t realized it by now, that was your cue to start eating a shoe.. actually strike that, I’m generous today… eat 10! Bon Appetit… cretino

        • kayce. October 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm #


        • kayce. October 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

          oh you’re here trolling in order to promo your blog, i should’ve known. boring AND sad. 😹😹😹

        • Liz October 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

          Stop trolling please

  12. Matjoez October 13, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Wooo! It was an amazing adventure Liz, glad we shared it together!

    • Elena October 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

      Your work is breathtaking! LOVE Lake Wanaka video!!

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm #


  13. Heather October 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    You could not pay me enough money to visit that part of the world.

    • Elena October 13, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Hi Heather! Love your site and style )

      Which one? Afghanistan or Dubai? I can see why people would not want to visit both, but Afghanistan has always been a place I would love to lift the veil of. With two passports and two languages, it’s a bit easier.

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm #


      • Heather October 14, 2015 at 9:04 am #

        Liz.. well for one I hate the desert, I already live in one and there’s no way anyone could get me to vacation in another one. Also, to be honest I really have no desire to travel anywhere where the main culture treats women like second class citizens. Even though supposedly Dubai is progressive, and populated with mostly expats I just can’t get on board with it. The same goes for the rest of the middle east or other countries with similar beliefs.

        • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:31 am #

          Fair enough, and I agree with you, but I find the Middle East really surprising and I am a firm believer in not judging a place until you’ve been there. It’s important to keep an open mind. I have a post coming soon about women in Dubai, but it’s incredibly progressive and most of the stereotypes you’d think aren’t true at all.

  14. Warrick October 13, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    Great blog Liz!! Watching you guys via Insta and Snapchat over the last couple of weeks has been awesome, even if it made me a bit dizzy after watching four snaps of the same thing from different people around the table!! 😀

    As for Afghanistan… I’ve spent a year of my life there… Some adventures are better left alone.

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      I bet it was pretty weird!

  15. Zohaib October 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    Hey Liz,
    You know you should at least give us a heads up before your going… it would have been to meet you in person. Im from Pakistan but living in Dubai for the past 7 years and may be I could be of some help to you… so next time you come to Dubai please please let me know 🙂

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks 🙂

  16. Traveling Rockhopper October 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    indeed, amazing photos!

    • Liz October 13, 2015 at 10:24 pm #


  17. Amy October 14, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    These photos are beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Dubai – the one thing I’ve always been mindful of is the cost. I realise it’s an expensive city but do you think it can be done on a budget?

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      I am not sure, not going to lie, Dubai is a place to spend $ but I imagined you can do it cheap 🙂

  18. Francesca October 14, 2015 at 3:30 am #

    I’ve flown through Dubai a few times but have never made time for a visit, although I’ve always wanted to. Recently I’ve had a lot of friends move their and they absolutely rave about the place, your post has cemented it – I’ve got to get out of the airport next time. Plus it sounds like narrow-minded people aren’t a fan of the place, bonus.

  19. Danika October 14, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    Incredible photos Liz! I’ve had more layovers in Dubai than I can count… I think next time I may just have to leave the airport!

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      Do it!

  20. Petra @ The Global Couple October 14, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    Awesome photos, Liz! We visited Dubai a few years back and were thoroughly underwhelmed. We obviously missed the boat somewhere though, as it looks like you had an incredible time. Maybe it’s worth giving Dubai another shot! 🙂

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      It is, especially since the city changes so much just even in a couple of months!

  21. Ron October 14, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    WOW! I’m not a big city person but I’d like to spend some time in Dubai to appreciate what man can build with an unlimited budget.

    Checked out your friend Matt’s daily vlog. You came across as an aggressive snow boarder. Dismounting from the chair lift you pushed off from the guy next to you and knocked his foot from his snowboard just to get off of the lift first?

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      God, you are so rude, is every comment you leave me a criticism? You were there, right, so you know what happened exactly?? I am a beginner and really struggled getting off that lift, especially the first time and my friends were helping me. Keep your negative judgements to yourself next time, thanks.

  22. Fola October 14, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Amazing photos!

    I’ve been to Dubai but didn’t have enough time to explore it as much as I wanted to. Although I saw the Burj Khalifa, I couldn’t head to the desert because it was just too HOT!!! (a friend advised me not to go). I follow you on snapchat and saw your post about going to the Dubai mall and I just couldn’t stop laughing. I also remember emptying my wallet there and the post reminded me of just that.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      hahaha it’s so true! It was so hot when I was there I would definitely recommend going back in January maybe

  23. K. October 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    You must come back soon! 🙂 x

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

      I’m always flying through there so that’s likely to happen 🙂

  24. LC October 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    I haven’t been to Dubai, but I spent some time in Doha last year. There were aspects of that city that I hugely disagreed with, but the desert and the city itself… It got under my skin.

    Since then I’ve been itching to see more of the Middle East and your beautiful photos have encouraged me to seriously start considering a trip to Dubai. Thanks Liz!

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

      There is a lot to be found there!

  25. Maddy October 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    These photos are awesome!

    I can’t wait to read more of your upcoming posts about your adventures in Dubai. Of all the places I could go, Dubai wouldn’t be my first choice, or even my fiftieth, but if I was given the opportunity, I’d definitely go and see what it’s all about for myself, leaving all preconceived notions behind. It seems like that’s exactly what you did and you ended up loving it! Thanks for sharing, LIz. 🙂

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm #


  26. Victoria@ The British Berliner October 14, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Great photos Liz!

    I’ve never been to Dubai but I did step on Qatar. We were actually supposed to spend a few days in Doha but we missed our flight and ended up going to Korea instead LOL!

    I’ve been to Turkey of course but I would love to visit the Middle East properly. I’ve heard that the shopping possibilities are to die for and that the hotels are amazing feats of architecture.

    Why not!

    • Liz October 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

      that’s very true!!

  27. Eky October 15, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    Reading this post and seeing all 25 photos made me regret my decision to spend only one day exploring Dubai. Really have to go back asap because I didn’t experience Dubai at night due to time constrain 🙁

    Lol at the fact that Falcons get special treatment! Passport for each of them and business class?!

    • Liz October 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Yeah so cool, right?

  28. Lauren October 15, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    I’m so surprised about the Shake Shack! That’s crazy! The photos are absolutely amazing can’t wait to get there!

    • Liz October 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      I was too!

  29. RaW | Ramble and Wander October 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    I used to work and live in Dubai for about 4 years until early 2013. Unfortunately I only took up Instagram last year and every time I see photos of Dubai on Instagram, I feel very frustrated about not being on Instagram much earlier. Lost opportunities. 😐

    Anyways, great photos! Love seeing your perspective of Dubai! And yes, I’m totally jealous, haha!

    • Liz October 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      Ah bummer, I feel the same way about places where I used to live in Spain, just an excuse to go back I suppose haha

  30. wendy irving October 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    we are going to dubai late feb and after seeing your photos we cant wait my son lives there so it will be interesting thankyou for letting me see your beautiful photos

  31. Rebecca October 16, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Beautiful photos! I always hear mixed things about Dubai, frequently I’ve heard ‘there’s nothing there’ but I still really want to visit, and it’s no wonder after reading this post.

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm #


  32. Thomas October 17, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    It’s funny that a few comments down you say you’ve worked with some of the most famous photographers and videographers and how popular you are……..but, who are you? I could ask a hundred photographers and none would know you. TV shows? Any worth anything? Where are your awards? If you’ve worked with the best videographers in the world?!?!?!?!? No one knows you. You act like you’re famous….there’s Twitter feminists more famous than you. More people know who Goth Lord is than Liz Carlson. honestly, your social media like Twitter is always dead, you think 55k instagram likes is “super famous”, you barely get 3k likes on your own posts, and you are relatively unknown among anyone worth a grain of salt….ever. You barely even get any comments here! You are an unknown except in a super small niche part of the internet (hell, I wouldn’t know who you were unless I was an expat who lived in Spain), and even there….you aren’t the most popular. I’m confused on how someone like you can be so cocky when you are honestly so small. You brag about so much but it’s so clear that that is just a facade for how minuscule you know you are. Your impact is tiny. Your work is mediocre. You’re so bitter, it’s actually rather amusing. You’re even more delusional, it’s more amusing.

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      First off, I was leaving a sarcastic reply to a truly bitchy comment above, which I don’t really see why I have to explain to you. But my god, are you happy now you’ve left me such a rude and spiteful comment? I am not going to argue with you about my value or work, I just feel sorry for you. So thanks.

    • Chase October 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

      Really not an appreciated comment. Simply put if you don’t like Liz or her content then don’t come to her blog. Also talking down about the social media she has built up really doesn’t prove any point. Yes others have more of a following, but do you have any following? If so please send a link. Otherwise don’t be a hater.

    • Jen October 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Thomas,

      As one who is in the travel blogging world, I find your comments about her impact and work hurtful to not only her, but those who enjoy what she’s doing. You don’t get to tell someone they don’t matter. Everyone matters. Even you. While you’re projecting your opinion about Liz (which is totally cool, everyone has their own), I ask for what? Did she personally threaten you? Did she steal your work? Did she physically abuse you? I’m going to say that the answer is no. So why all the hate?

      I don’t think ANYONE who reads this blog or follows her on any of her social media sites cares one goddamn fucking bit that she’s not the most popular. But again, who cares who is?? The point is that Liz is shedding light on incredible places around the world and inspiring others to travel. She IS impacting others. And while you may think her outreach is minuscule, it’s not. Inspiring one person makes a difference. You should be happy that she’s been able to reach a SMALL NICHE in the travel industry. If you ask any successful entrepreneur, they will tell you the first thing you need to do is find your niche. So technically, you just praised her for a job well done. She’s impacted thousands if not millions, and to me, that’s pretty incredible. Instead of being a negative infestation, why don’t you try your hardest to focus on the great things people are doing around the world, like showing others how incredible this place really is…just like Liz.

  33. Emmi Aderson October 18, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    Wow ! a nice collection of photos. Dubai is one of the beautiful place in the world.

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

      It’s pretty special!!

  34. Rebecca October 19, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Wow, wow, wow. Really awesome photos. I have only spent a few days in Dubai and wish I’d had the chance to get out and see the desert. Now, about that camel ice cream…

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Next time head out to the desert

  35. jasim October 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    i have been living here for a while… each day am falling in love with dubai
    more place to visit, more people to be become friends

    a world with out strangers

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:24 pm #


  36. Pamela October 20, 2015 at 12:56 am #

    Amazing!! Stunning pics.

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:24 pm #


  37. Kathy Spencer October 20, 2015 at 4:48 am #

    I was there for only two days so I didn’t get to see as much as you. It was interesting to hear your perspective. I loved the Souk and even brought back some gold from there! The old market was amazing. Dubia had amazing architecture but I must say, I didn’t meet many friendly people at all! I was disappointed that the people I tried to approach and say hello to, or get directions from, were the most unfriendly of any group I’ve ever met – I didn’t expect that! Not one soul would smile at me… and I was at the mall! Very strange indeed! Even our tour guide that took us out to see a couple of the most famous buildings were very dry and unfriendly. It was certainly an odd culture shock for me. Glad your experience was different and perhaps one day I shall give it another try!

    • Liz October 21, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      Hmmm that’s interesting, I didn’t notice that too much but I’m sure it happens there! Also Dubai is 90% foreigners.

  38. Abbi October 22, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Like you I much prefer the countryside & nature to bigger cities, and whilst Dubai isn’t on my to-do list, I think it’s really credible that you went there with an open mind. Your photos are really stunning! P.S. not quite sure why people above are giving you aggro… You have such an honest, no-bullshit blog – that’s why I follow you. Your posts about New Zealand are basically the reason I’m doing a Working Holiday in NZ for a year, so thanks!

    • Liz October 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      Thank you!! I think it’s really important to travel with an open mind 🙂

  39. Rekha Rajan October 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    these are lovely pics. Now we are divided between Oman and Dubai for our Middle Easten trip. 🙂

    • Liz October 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

      I’ve also heard Oman is awesome, do you have time for both?

  40. Katie October 24, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    Hey Liz!
    I live in Abu Dhabi, and love it, and it’s always interesting to see people’s take on the UAE when they first visit here. Looks like you got a truly amazing trip out of the deal!
    Just a question about the Al Hajar mountains you visited…did you go into Oman? Would you care to share how far away the location you went to was, or where you went exactly? I’ve been wanting to get out and explore more here but have had little to go off of, other than paid tours out to the desert or going into Oman for hiking adventures (will do soon!).
    The pictures you’ve shared are impressive! The UAE is a great subject 🙂 Looking forward to your upcoming post(s) about your time here.

    • Liz October 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      I wish I had the chance to go to Oman, but now, it was just in the UAW, you can go out with Arabian Adventures from Dubai I think I’ll write more soon 🙂

  41. Barbara October 29, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    So I had written Dubai off my list and when I saw your post heading I thought, “yea right”. OK… halfway through I´m wrong. You have found some depth and spirit in Dubai besides it´s richness and fakeness. You have given me reasons to go back and discover more 🙂

    P.S. I´m jealous of the dancer pose in front of the Dubai harbor / skyline by the way!

    • Liz October 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm #


  42. Liz November 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    I’ll be in Dubai in January after a trip to Europe and reading this makes me so excited. I don’t know why more people don’t take advantage of layover opportunities?! I loved Singapore and Hong Kong as well, seems a shame to just stay in the airport!

    • Liz November 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm #


  43. Greg November 14, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    Absolutely stunning photos..

    • Liz November 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm #


  44. Angie November 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Check out expatconnect and learn to survive the hustle and bustle of Dubai from different nationalities living with Emiratis. You can discover not just the famous attraction of this country but also the hidden paradise that only expats will know!

    • Liz November 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Thanks for the tip!

  45. Mandy November 29, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    Liz your photos are just wonderful, and a highlight to my day when new posts come out 🙂

    • Liz November 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Thanks! That made me smile 🙂

  46. Natalie April 19, 2016 at 2:38 am #

    Sold! Your photos are amazing. I honestly just booked my ticket for July. Great post!

  47. Emma April 21, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    OMG I LOVE DUBAI. Finally had my dream come true last December when I finally went on an extended stopover, went up the Burj Khalifa and literally cried. I only had one and a half days there, unfortunately, but cannot WAIT to go back and see the deserts and mountains (!)… Love your pics!

  48. Ooty Tour Packages May 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    I love these desserts pictures. Thanks for sharing

  49. Angela May 17, 2016 at 3:24 am #

    Why have I never been to Shake Shack?! I’m in Texas, for crying out loud! And I can’t look at that tower anymore without picturing Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Damn you, Hollywood!! It all seems so beautiful, and your photography is amazing,

    God speed!!

  50. Laurie | New Yorker Meets London August 18, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Haha, yep I agree with you there on Shake Shack. Although, next time you are in London I would love to take you to Patty and Bun, their burgers are just as good 🙂 xx

  51. Morocco Trips August 30, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful post. Keep sharing more like this one.


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