Dubai in Photos: Then and Now

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The United Arab Emirates celebrates its National Day today, commemorating 42 years since the UAE’s formal nationalization from the British and the unification of the seven emirates into a single country under the late Sheikh Zayed, ruler of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s first president.

Since then, the country has grown by leaps and bounds, especially after the discovery of oil in the 1960’s. From dusty port towns to playground of the super-wealthy, the UAE’s pace and scale of development has been remarkable. Its most populous city, Dubai, is a living testament to disposable income and skyscraping ambition.

Here’s a look back at Dubai through the decades.

 

Dubai Then:

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Map of Dubai, 1822

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Date seller, 1950, Ronald Codrai

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Pearlers rowing into Dubai Creek, 1950 (Ronald Codrai)
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Dubai Creek, Burj Khalifa, 1951 (Ronald Codrai)
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Dubai, 1959
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Dubai Airport, 1960
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Duabi Airport, c. 1970s
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Dubai Clock Tower
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Dubai, c. 1970s

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Jumeirah, 1975 (Anita Van Der Krol)
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One barrel of Caltex oil, Jumeirah Beach Road, 1975 (Anita Van der Krol)
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Dubai, c. 1980s
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Dubai, c. 1990
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Burj Al-Arab, 1997

 

Dubai Now:

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Houses on the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah are seen in Dubai

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Future Dubai:

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