When I was in Dubai I spent quite a bit of time by trying to find a place where I could see the most beautiful parts of Al Arab.
I walked the entire distance from the last tram station, Al Sufouh and tried to take a picture of Al Arab perhaps every 20 metres. It was a pretty stupid idea, I had walked for kilometres and I could see that the Al Arab was the same but still far away.
I tried a view from the sea, from a boat I was in. I took the ferry from Dubai Marina Mall to Al Ghubaiba. The view of Al Arab was worse from that site (from the back) and the ferry still sailed too far from it. Unfortunately it wasn’t good weather that day for getting a perfect view anyway.
I was at Burj Khalifa, but I could not see Al Arab from there. I did see it for a while riding the monorail to Atlantis.
There is a very good view of it from Jumeirah beach right above Burj Al Arab. It would probably be better to go in the late afternoon, unfortunately I was there at noon, and so the sun was shining from behind Al Arab.
When I was at Madinat Jumeirah, I didn’t expect to see Al Arab from there. It was somewhat hidden behind all those palm trees, but it was there. Burj Al Arab was in the best light possible too.
And of course I tried to get right in front of Al Arab, but I ended up in front of the entrance gates. To get closer to Al Arab you must have a reservation, which of course I hadn’t made. Thankfully, there is no need to have a room reservation (which must be very expensive); you can just make a reservation for coffee. It’s worth it just to be there. Next time that’s what I’ll do.