Dubai’s a pretty new city, we all know that. The bulk of it somewhat sprang out of the sand within the last 40 years or so.

Before, Sheikh Zayed Road was a mere desert strip, and the tallest building in town was the World Trade Centre. Now, the city is littered with stunning skyscrapers, fancy hotels, futuristic metros – not to mention the collection of the world’s biggest this, the world’s tallest that…

So in a bid to remind you what Dubai was like before it became what it is today, here are some before and after photos of the city’s most well-known locations.

The Dubai World Trade Centre (the tallest building in town back then), before the rest of the city had begun to spring out of the ground.

 

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Dubai Creek, before and after the buildings lining the water’s edge had been built.

Old Dubai

Dubai Marina, before and after, with The Palm in the background (minus the Atlantis Hotel).

Old Dubai

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The iconic Burj Al Arab, with only the bare beginnings of the seven-star hotel’s construction in place. 

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The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, half-way through construction to what we can see today.

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Bur Dubai near the mouth of the creek.

Bur Dubai

Left photo credit: Astoria and Ambassador Group of Hotels, Dubai.

Five-star hotels in the 1970s vs five-star hotels now.

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Left photo credit: Astoria and Ambassador Group of Hotels, Dubai.

Local ladies’ daily garb back then vs now.

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Left photo credit: Astoria and Ambassador Group of Hotels, Dubai.

Old souks vs modern souks.

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Left photo credit: Astoria and Ambassador Group of Hotels, Dubai.

What Deira fish market used to look like before it became what it is today.

Fish Market

Left photo credit: Astoria and Ambassador Group of Hotels, Dubai.

Burj Khalifa construction time lapse and inauguration.

A construction time-lapse of the iconic Dubai Frame, opening in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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One of the most well-known structures in the city, The Palm, in a video showing how The Palm slowly came to life.

The building of the more recent Al Habtoor City, with the brand new St Regis Hotel that you’ll be able to see going down Sheikh Zayed.

Although CGI, this timelapse gives a good representation of Dubai’s growth between 1990 and 2014.

Images: Getty/What’s On/Supplied

 

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Crossing the creek by abra towards Bur Dubai

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A view of Bur Dubai towards the mouth of the Creek

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A view of Diera’s abra station

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Dubai’s souk

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Women selling catch of the day in the fish market

 
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Women sorting the fish at the market

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This old water tower has been replaced with a DEWA sub-station

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Dubai’s original five-star hotel – the Airline Hotel

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