As the year draws to an end, it’s time to reflect on how 2016 has treated us. Some of us may have had a smashing year, others not so much.

There’s one thing for sure though, it was a great year for photography.

Mostly thanks to the UAE’s active Instagram scene, we’ve totted up a number of incredible images of the country we call home. So as a tribute to it all, we’ve gone and thrown together some of our favourites.

1. Dubai from above, lit up at night.

A photo posted by Khalifa Al-Thani (@althani350) on

2. The city’s skyscrapers poke their heads through the fog.

3. The recent supermoon serves as a backdrop to the Burj Khalifa.

4. A video posted by Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan, shows himself enjoying coffee above the clouds on a foggy morning.

A video posted by Fazza (@faz3) on

5. Dubai reflects the light from a sunset.

A photo posted by Fazza (@faz3) on

6. A top-down shot of Dubai Marina.

A photo posted by PIXELVILLE (@pixelville) on

7. Wildlife on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

A photo posted by 5 (@s_zaman5) on

8. Two SUVs explore the golden dunes of the UAE’s desert.

A photo posted by 🌻✈️ (@travelwitheeeohs) on

9. A girl poses precariously on the edge of a Dubai Marina building.

A photo posted by PIXELVILLE (@pixelville) on

10. A lantern-lined boardwalk with Dubai in the background.

11. A tourist flies by the Burj Khalifa on the XDubai zipline.

12. The sun’s rays peek through the clouds on to the city.

A photo posted by Aqib Anwar (@gibsterg) on

13. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi lit up at night.

14. A man feeds birds on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi.

Feeding seagulls. #abudhabibreakwaters #abudhabiskyline #cityscape #clouds #cloudyday

A photo posted by 🇦🇪 Saleh AlTamimi (@altamimi_photography) on

15. A couple visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, #followmeto style.

16. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s minarets poke through the fog.

17. Watching the sunset from Jebel Jais mountain.

A photo posted by Viola Gonsalves (@viola2910) on

18. Al Noor Mosque in Sharjah as shot from above.

A photo posted by Imran Sherwani (@imransherwani) on

19. A caravan makes its way through the Liwa Desert.

A photo posted by Thomas Lawless (@lawlesstom) on

20. A lone cloud hovers above one of the Al Qudra lakes.

21. A cheetah peers out over Sir Bani Yas Island.

A photo posted by Manuel Rotter (@mani4711) on

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