From 1960 to 2019: A look at the incredible changes in Dubai
Dubai right now has the third spot in the world for a city with the most buildings above 150m. It loses the top spot only to Hong Kong and Manhattan. Not too long ago however, it was more sand than skyscraper.
If you take a look at the official Instagram page of the Dubai Frame, it has shown us just how much Dubai has evolved since the 60s.
The most recent post shows The Trade Centre Tower back in 1981. When the tower was completed three years prior, it became the first skyscraper in Dubai and the tallest building in the emirate for almost 20 years. It wasn’t until the Burj Al Arab came along that the Trade Centre Tower’s 184 metres was beaten.
To give an idea of the rapid progression of construction in Dubai, The Trade Centre Tower, once a record holder, is now only the 92nd tallest building in Dubai, completely dwarfed by the new record holder, the Burj Khalifa at 828 metres.
Dubai Frame does not stop there with the reflections on the past, it has also given a look into Dubai Marina. In a post showing Dubai Waterfront in 1970 and Dubai Marina in 2019, you can see the shift from fishing boats to yachts, as well as the emergence of high rises and pedestrianised walkways.
Similarly Port Rashid from 1979 to 2019 can be seen as to go from fishing to housing some of the most luxurious superyachts in the world.
Dubai Airport is shown between 1966 and 2019. Starting off with just one or two planes, fast forward to now and fleets of Emirates A380s can be seen, reinforcing the fact Dubai International is one of the busiest airports in the world.
One of the most impressive of all the transformations is Sheikh Zayed Road. Shown in 1990 as little more than a single road winding along a desert, it’s been turned into one of the most modern stretches of road in the world.
Dubai, and the rest of the U.A.E. didn’t exist officially until 1971 when Sheikh Zayed, Founding Father of the U.A.E. brought together the seven emirates.
With the utilisation of oil in the region, Sheikh Zayed saw an opportunity to turn the U.A.E into a global presence and a commercial and tourism hub.
Dubai stands at the centre of that tourism goal, with the tourism industry fuelling much of its economy. Oil was discovered in the U.A.E. in 1950s, though the first exports didn’t begin till 1962.
Prior to the focus in oil and tourism, the U.A.E. had its economic focus in pearl diving and fishing.
Take a look below at some of the most unbelievable images of pre-oil Dubai (1962):
The first Jashanmal store in Dubai