Dubai Tops Global Rankings as Most Picturesque City by Night

The study, which analyzed factors such as Instagram hashtags, light and noise pollution levels, and safety ratings for walking alone at night, evaluated 136 cities worldwide. Travelbag, a holiday company specializing in personalized long-haul travel experiences since 1979, highlighted Dubai's breathtaking transformation after sunset

In a recent study by Travelbag, Dubai has been named the world’s most picturesque city to explore after dark, outshining other renowned global destinations.

The study, which analyzed factors such as Instagram hashtags, light and noise pollution levels, and safety ratings for walking alone at night, evaluated 136 cities worldwide.


Travelbag, a holiday company specializing in personalized long-haul travel experiences since 1979, highlighted Dubai’s breathtaking transformation after sunset.

The hashtag’ #dubaiatnight’ boasts over 27,387 tags on Instagram, showcasing the city’s stunning nighttime views and vibrant nocturnal landscape.

“Dubai’s nighttime transformation is truly mesmerizing. As night falls, Sheikh Zayed Road, with its towering skyscrapers and dynamic cityscape, becomes a glowing corridor,” said Fozil Rakhimov, an Uzbek tourist who frequently visits Dubai.

“The Marina waterfront is adorned with countless lights from luxury yachts, restaurants, and high-rise apartments in the surroundings. The reflections of these lights create a magical effect that enhances the beauty at night,” added Rakhimov.

Dubai’s high safety rating significantly contributed to its top ranking. The city scored an impressive 83.4 out of 100 in safety, ranking fourth globally. This ensures that visitors can enjoy the city’s beauty without concerns.

Dubai’s robust infrastructure, well-lit streets, and public areas monitored by extensive security measures, alongside readily accessible and responsive law enforcement and emergency services, enhance its safety perceptions.


The city’s stringent regulations and law enforcement contribute to its low crime rate, further elevating its appeal as a safe nighttime destination.

Zsuzsa Vinczeller, a tourist who recently visited Dubai, shared her admiration for the city. “I’m very grateful that I had the chance to visit Dubai. It has its own beauty, as every city does. Of course, some of the buildings are incredible, and I love their architecture.

Everyone I talked to who lives there, from taxi drivers to office workers, loves Dubai, and they would love to stay there long term, so that must mean something,” said Vinczeller.

Social media is awash with photos and videos capturing Dubai’s magical nighttime allure. Regines Blog, an Instagram user, expressed awe at the Dubai Marina’s skyline, posting: “Dubai – Marina Harbour – beautiful Skyline in the nighttime.”

Kevin Kelly, another Instagram user, shared a series of posts from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, highlighting the city’s glowing panorama. He captioned his posts: “Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, but it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower.”

Theresa Schiffhauer, another visitor, captured the beauty of DIFC in her social media post, stating: “Evening strolls with City Views. Dubai is such a multifaceted place – like every week I find new gems. Have you ever been to DIFC? If not, you have to visit! There are so many incredible restaurants and you will get stunning views.”

Dubai’s combination of stunning nighttime views, high safety standards, and vibrant social media presence has firmly positioned it as the leading destination for night exploration, according to Travelbag’s comprehensive study.

As the city continues to captivate tourists and residents alike, its nighttime beauty remains a compelling draw for global travelers.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed

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