It’s hard to believe that three decades ago, Dubai is a far cry from what it looks like today.

Emirates Airline recently shared two photos which showcased the dramatic transformation of the emirate over the last 30 years and it’s safe to say in the first photo Dubai would be unrecognisable to many.

The post was simply captioned, “How it started vs. How it’s going.”

In the first photo, which is thought to be taken around 1990, shared on the airline’s Instagram page, an old Sheikh Zayed Road can be seen.


With only a handful of buildings seen in the image, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know this image was of Dubai.


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Now, 30 years later, the road connects the buzzing emirate from Marina to Downtown and is filled with skyscrapers, hotels, residences, malls and more.

In contrast, Emirates also shared a photo of the now hustling and bustling Dubai and one of its iconic landmarks – the Burj Khalifa.

If this is what’s happened in just 30 years for Dubai, we can only dream of what the next 30 will bring…

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Images: Emirates Airline Instagram