11 October, 2005

Dubai then and now: 1991 vs 2005

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For the sake of better comparison, here is a re-coloured (not very well!) version of the 1991 pic:
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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness... it doesn't matter how often I see these things, the changes never cease to leave me speechless. These visual reminders are truly powerful!

Mark said...

wow what the hell?!

el condo said...

Secret: the old picture may slightly predate 1991...

Reason is, our offices moved into Rostamani building Block B in November 1991....the interior was being done for us from June/July...the picture shows only block A...

...also, by then City Tower 1 was up (next to the petrol station seen in the pic)...and Moosa Tower 1 was under construction...Al Safa Tower was almost complete...Holiday Center contsruction was just commencing...

....the petrol station, of course disappeared soon after.

Still, given the other features, it looks just a few years before 1991, at most...perhaps someone else can date it more accurately for us...

Anonymous said...

That is amazing, thank you for posting that. I can't believe the street i live on use to look that different less than 15 years ago. Fayz

Desert_Weasel said...

I've seen this pic and was told it was 89 or 90.

Anonymous said...

I was born and grew up in Satwa and this picture is roughly around 88. The right side of the picture had a bunch of football fields were we played. WOW, brings back a lot of memories. I miss the old Dubai.

Jô Stokkel said...

The photos are amazing! I also have a blog about Dubai, but I write it at Portuguese. I would like to ask you if I can use the both pictures im my blog. It will be very nice! Thank you, Jo

secretdubai said...

Sure you can use them, I'm not sure where they are originally from to be honest (hope no one gets annoyed about copyright!)

Anonymous said...

Seeing how Dubai has changed makes me know the world can change for the better.
I want to visit dubai

-Canadian

Anonymous said...

Look at the site www.anitavanderkrol.com and you see Dubai 1975-1980

Anonymous said...

I agree....I miss the dubai of the eighties and early nineties. it's not so much the physical appearance that has obviously changed, than it is the cultural flavor of the city. The culture somehow feels different. It is no longer the exotic blend of East meets West, but rather...East trying desperately to imitate the West.
I am tuly nostalgic for those days, perhaps because it was my childhood.

Rupert Neil Bumfrey said...

I thought I was going "alzeimerish" until reading the comments and,sad bloke that I am, doing a google search.

Photoshop has a lot to answer for!

Is anybody able to provide exact date the photograph was taken?

Anonymous said...

Also on the authority of Omar, who said : One day while we were sitting with the messenger of Allah there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the prophet. Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said:"O Muhammed, tell me about Islam". The messenger of Allah said: "Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammed is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so." He said:"You have spoken rightly", and we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly. He said: "Then tell me about eman ."He said:"It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in divine destiny, both the good and the evil thereof." He said:"You have spoken rightly". He said: " Then tell me about ehsan ." He said: "It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you". He said: "Then tell me about the Hour". He said: "The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner." He said: "Then tell me about its signs." He said: "That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman competing in constructing lofty buildings." Then he took himself off and I stayed for a time. Then he said: "O Omar, do you know who the questioner was?" I said: "Allah and His messenger know best". He said: "He was Jebreel (Gabriel), who came to you to teach you your religion."

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imran said...

Truly a gr8 flashback that got me into my old memories when i was a child. My family used to go to Al Safa usually to meet relatives through this very road. But as time passed by, it gives a total changeover. Construction of Emirates Tower started and completed in front of my eyes. A clear view could be seen from my apartment i used to live in Satwa area.

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