This is the most photographed landmark in the Middle East

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the fifth most photographed landmark in the world. Here are the top 10.

Meryl D'Souza May 22, 2017

Think you’re a social media star? Prepare yourself for some really bad news: More than half of your friends have stopped liking your holiday photos.

How can we be so sure, you ask? 

Well, Sony Mobile collaborated with OnePoll to reveal the 30 most photographed and shared (via social network) landmarks. The Japanese tech giant found that more than half of those 30 landmarks are captured from the same three angles which are quite frankly yawn-inducing and not compelling enough for your audience to hit that “Like” button. 

In fact, 52 per cent of people said that they would be more likely to ‘like’ a picture if it was interesting or something that they had not seen before. The research, which surveyed Instagram images from the last four years, also concluded that 52% were more likely to ‘like’ an image of a landmark if it was interesting and something they’d not seen before.

According to Sony’s research, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is not only the most photographed location in the UAE, it’s also the most photographed in the Asia. Ranking fifth overall, the world’s tallest building has popped up 1,446,682 times on Instagram and is snapped more than the Buckingham Palace.

Here are the 30 most photographed locations in the world:

1. Eiffel Tower
Where: France
Number of Instagram images: 4,654,699


2. Big Ben
Where: United Kingdom
Number of Instagram images: 2,435,223


3. The Louvre
Where: France
Number of Instagram images: 1,740,908


4. Empire State Building
Where: United States of America
Number of Instagram images: 1,570,167


5. Burj Khalifa
Where: United Arab Emirates
Number of Instagram images: 1,446,682


6. Notre Dame Cathedral
Where: France
Number of Instagram images: 1,330,688


7. St Peter’s Basilica
Where: Vatican City
Number of Instagram images: 1,131,705


8. Times Square              
Where: United States of America
Number of Instagram images: 1,100,344


9. Sagrada Familia
Where: Spain
Number of Instagram images: 936,216


10. Colosseum
Where: Italy
Number of Instagram images: 860,248


11. Statue of Liberty
Where: United States of America
Number of Instagram images: 813,930


12. Machu Picchu
Where: Peru
Number of Instagram images: 745,815


13. Alhambra
Where: Spain
Number of Instagram images: 745,716


14. Borobudur
Where: Indonesia
Number of Instagram images: 667,086


15. Red Square
Where: Russia
Number of Instagram images: 591,430


16. Christ the Redeemer
Where: Brazil
Number of Instagram images: 581,523


17. Taj Mahal
Where: India
Number of Instagram images: 571,070


18. Burj Al Arab
Where: United Arab Emirates
Number of Instagram images: 534,562


19. Mount Fuji
Where: Japan
Number of Instagram images: 533,696


20. Buckingham Palace
Where: United Kingdom
Number of Instagram images: 498,280


21. Tokyo Tower
Where: Japan
Number of Instagram images: 485,744


22. Ha Long Bay
Where: Thailand
Number of Instagram images: 475,390


23. Arc de Triomphe
Where: France
Number of Instagram images: 449,856


24. Berlin Wall
Where: Germany
Number of Instagram images: 434,869


25. Trevi Fountain
Where: Italy
Number of Instagram images: 427,708


26. Great Wall of China
Where: China
Number of Instagram images: 412,603


27. Sydney Opera House
Where: Australia
Number of Instagram images: 408,919


28. Table Mountain
Where: South Africa
Number of Instagram images: 386,723


29. Park Güell
Where: Spain
Number of Instagram images: 383,853


30. Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Where: France
Number of Instagram images: 376,730