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It’s hard to describe Dubai to folks who have never visited before. It’s one of those cities that can make your head spin: It’s a feast for the senses, where old and new seem to collide at every turn. For every modern shopping mall, there’s a bustling spice market just down the way and for each high-rise and five-star dining experience, there’s a quiet mom and pop shop nestled down an alleyway. It’s a place that seeks to defy tradition in every way possible and unabashedly acknowledges itself as the crown jewel of the Middle East. While its streets, beaches, and souks can feel overwhelming, visitors and locals can find a quiet respite high above it all. We've mapped out the best skyline views in Dubai. All you have to do is find a way to get there — and keep your camera at the ready.

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Atop the Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building resembles a needle winding its way skyward, ensuring it is the most striking and recognizable structure in the Dubai skyline. Rumor has it, the residents of the 2,722-foot structure are the first to see the sun rise and set in the entire world. Visitors who want to test that theory can visit the observation deck at sunrise or sunset or book a table at one of the many delicious restaurants inside.

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Over the Water at the Dubai Marina

Tall buildings and expensive yachts frame the entirety of Dubai Marina, making it one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the city. It’s especially popular with photographers in the early morning hours as the city is just starting to come alive. You'll want to contrast the bright morning light with a late night shot when the city lights glimmer across the water reflecting off the buildings.

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From The 360 Rooftop

More than just a popular place to grab a drink, 360 Rooftop is also known for its panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, downtown Dubai, and epic views of the Burj Al Arab. Located at the end of Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina, this trendy hotspot is the place to see and be seen. Although it gets crowded at sunset, you can still score some amazing photos sans crowds if you time it right in the late afternoon.

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From Your Hotel Room at The Palm

The futuristic skyline will make your jaw drop, but it’s especially awe-inspiring from the comforts of your very own hotel room. It’s one of the many reasons why visitors elect to stay at The Palm. Not only will they have access to all the luxurious accommodations Dubai — and Fairmont — is famous for, but they’ll also be staying on the famous Palm Jumeirah with panoramic views of the Dubai Marina, skyline, and the glittering Gulf.

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Skydiving Over The Palm Islands

The archipelago known as Palm Jumeirah is the world's largest manmade island and one of the most iconic images of Dubai. In a city of extremes, there's no better vantage point than free falling 130 mph over it. Tandem instructors will gladly help you check that item off and more on your adventure bucket list.