17 June, 2007

Defence Roundabout in 2001

Long-time residents of Dubai often post fascinating photos of a couple of decades ago, and we all express amazement about how much the city has just sprung out of the sand in a few years.

Now, amazingly, it's my turn:



I found this photo while going through some old back up CDs. The date on it is 2002, but I believe - due to "HP" in the title - that it may date from summer 2001, as that is the only time I had an HP camera. I am not even 100% certain I took this photo, I don't remember taking it, but it was in a folder with some others of former colleagues that I definitely did take. You can click the photo to see a much bigger version.

I am not sure exactly where I took this from, but it looks like the Dusit. If I get a chance, I plan to take a comparison shot some time. Or if anyone else lives in the area and can take one, please do.

20 comments:

Random Rambler said...

Know what's even more shocking?? There's no traffic on Shk Zayed Rd!!

i*maginate said...

love it: history

secretdubai said...

Know what's even more shocking?? There's no traffic on Shk Zayed Rd!!

I know! One wouldn't normally expect to see SZR looking like this except very late at night, or maybe early morning on Friday. From the shadows I estimate that this is around mid morning, but I can't be certain.

love it: history

In just six years. Kind of scary, really.

ShaggyRed said...

In just six years. Kind of scary, really

It is. The mind boggles on what another six years will do.

(Great photo!)

rosh said...

It took 35 mins tops - say from Etisalat office in SHJ, to Emirates towers via Al Itihad road thru rush hour - this was in 2000. I hear it takes a day and a 1/2 today?

I remember when friends and I used to drive to AUH and on the way back, as soon as we see Hard Rock cafe - we'd be like - great, almost there (Dubai, just a few kms more). Today, (if you are driving towards AUH) Hard Rock cafe perhaps is the beginning of Dubai.

Don't know if it's all scary, perhaps overwhelming I think.

Anonymous said...

I remember when we first moved here (2001) and going out to Home Centre at the Oasis centre and I asked why would anyone put a mall out here in the middle of nowhere? Things change!

Grumpy Goat said...

When the Dubai Community Theatre was first proposed at the Mall o't'Emirates, I was not alone in wondering who in their right mind would want to go out to the boondocks to see a show.

How times change.

secretdubai said...

I remember when we first moved here (2001) and going out to Home Centre at the Oasis centre and I asked why would anyone put a mall out here in the middle of nowhere? Things change!

I remember the "Souq Al Nakheel" hoardings that were up for years, quite literally in the middle of desert wasteland Finally it became the Mall of the Emirates (which I think is a far less imaginative title) and the wasteland is now Al Barsha.

Stained said...

I remember when ever we used to go to abu dhabi for the weekend, on the way back we used to look out for Dubai Trade centre as a mark that we were close to getting back home....Now...well we have the Burj.... :S

DUBAI JAZZ said...

SD, I agree with your prediction about the time, it is around mid mourning (the sun being to the east-south east)...would be interesting to see how it looks now form the same place!
Great photo!

BuJ said...

i know it's urban.. but this is BEAUTIFUL.. can't believe how a pic in the 2000's actually reminds me of the "old days"!!

BuJ said...

ya habibi ya jazz.. i hope no one has to go thru mourning anytime soon.. not the mid- or the full- type!

Perkunas said...

When are they going to build an artificial mountain range in Dubai? It could be used for skiing or mountain climbing, there could be all sorts of artificial mountain lions and other exotic creatures -- that would be a great tourist attraction.

John B. Chilton said...

Shadows, yes. And reflections on the glass window. Isn't that a head and shoulders outline I see in the upper lefthand corner? Could that be a clue to who took the photo?

Kiwi Boy said...

Great photo, SD!

There used to be a time when going all the way from a tiny parking lot in Abu Shagara to Wafi wouldn't take more than 30 minutes. Argh, the traffic nowadays!

SD, when you've lived a full 10 years in Dubai, I think you should write a book. Your wit combined with your great vocabulary and some nice pictures forming a timeline - it'd sell big overseas, if not in Dubai [*cough*censorship*cough*].. just something to consider.

DUBAI JAZZ said...

ah Bu Jassem (la7e3na 3la al da3seh?) :)))

I guess I meant that the photo was taken at a mourning-dove-eye view..;)

(a diplomatic extrication of ass)

secretdubai said...

SD, when you've lived a full 10 years in Dubai, I think you should write a book.

I'm currently writing an exceedingly poor detective thriller set in Dubai, which I will probably sell online in hard copy and possibly electronic format if it gets on the banned list. Frankly it deserves to be banned already for its appallingness, and it's nowhere near finished yet.

snow white said...

i have seen the draft of SD's book, and can promise it's everything you would hope for! intrigue, salacious Dubai scandal (much with a ring of truth) and that very unique sense of humour. I highly recommend it!

Anonymous said...

SD, can I get a draft of your book, I can't wait till you finish

BuJ said...

DubaiJazz... :)

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