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Dubai is part of the seven emirates of United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has successfully become one of the most famous and sophisticated cities around the world in just a short period of time. In order to understand the evolution of Dubai, we're going to travel in space and time investigating the nature, society and technology that surround this sunny futuristic city.

downtown burj dubai

Dubai Technology

Dubai had to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in tourism, financial services, real state, etc. So they are building astonishing hotels, the biggest shopping malls, highest skyscrapers, including the tallest building in the world.

Dubai is a futuristic city in the present. Some people don't like this architectural extravaganza, but I personaly think this a great way to push Engineering beyond its limits, these technology breakthroughs bring a lot of innovation to mankind.

Downtown Burj Dubai

Burj Khalifa aka Burj Dubai – The tallest building in the world

burj khalifa aka burj dubai - the tallest building in the world

burj khalifa aka burj dubai - the tallest building in the world

burj khalifa aka burj dubai - futuristic cities blade runner

burj khalifa aka burj dubai - the tallest building in the world

burj dubai

burj dubai

burj dubai

At the top of the building.

Burj Khalifa at the top

Dubai Mall – Largest Shopping Mall in the World

dubai mall - largest shopping mall in the world

dubai mall - the largest shopping mall in the world

dubai mall - the largest shopping mall in the world

The Old Town

the old town

the old town

The Address Hotel

the address hotel

the address hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel

dubai burj al arab beach

dubai burj al arab luxury atrium

dubai burj al arab swimpool

Jumeirah Emirates Tower

jumeirah emirates tower

jumeirah emirates tower

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

dubai jumeirah beach hotel

dubai jumeirah beach hotel

Madinat Jumeirah Hotel

dubai madinat jumeirah

dubai madinat jumeirah

Jumeirah Living Hotel

dubai jumeirah living

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Hotel

jumeirah bab al shams desert resort

jumeirah bab al shams desert resort

jumeirah bab al shams desert resort

Dubai Marina

Dubai marina

dubai marina

Dubai Festival City – Shopping Mall and Hotels

dubai festival city

dubai festival city

dubai festival city

Bur Juman Shopping Mall


Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall

ibn battuta mall

ibn battuta mall

Mall of the Emirates

mall of the emirates in Dubai

mall of the emirates Dubai indoor ski

mall of the emirates Dubai indoor ski

mall of the emirates dubai indoor ski

Dubai Airport

dubai airport

Under Construction Developments

Dubai International Financial Center

dubai international financial center

dubai international financial center

Culture Village



Dubai Healthcare City


dubai healthcare city

Business Bay

business bay

business bay

business bay

business bay

Dubai Metro

dubai metro

dubai metro

Palm Jumeirah

dubai palm jumeirah

dubai palm jumeirah

Palm Deira

dubai palm deira

The World

duba - the world

dubai - the world

Palm Jebel Ali and The Waterfront

dubai- the waterfront

dubai - the waterfront

dubai - the waterfront

Dubai Lagoons

dubai lagoons

Future Developments

Signature Towers

signature towers

Jumeirah Gardens

jumeirah gardens

jumeirah gardens

jumeirah gardens

Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens – Eric Kuhne

Dubai Nature

People usually think desert is a lifeless place, but they are wrong. The desert and the seashore of Dubai support a beautiful diversity of animals, plants and microorganisms.

dubai beautiful sea

dubai desert

Dubai Society

As of 2006, the population of the emirate was 1,422,000. Expatriates from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Europeans and Americans made up almost three-quarters of people.


In 1095, the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al-Bakri mentioned Dubai in the "Book of Geography".


In 1580, Gaspero Balbi, a Venetian pearl merchant, visited the area in 1580 and mentioned Dubai for its pearling industry.


Dubai was already making use of its natural harbour and a small established fishing village existed.


Al Fahidi Fort was built in 1787 and is the oldest building in Dubai. This is a picture of the fort in the 1960′s.

Al Fahidi Fort 1960s

19th Century
In 1820, the General Treaty of Peace was signed between British Government and sheikhs of Ra's al-Khaimah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


The Japanese invention of the cultured pearl and the economic depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s destroyed the natural pearl market. The population suffered the lack of education and infrastructure.

Dubai Creek in 1960′s.

Aerial view dubai creek

aerial view dubai creek

Souks of Deira in 1960′s.

Souks of deira

Dubai Jumeirah/Satwa in 1960′s.

Jumeirah Satwa

In 1969, Dubai exported oil for the first time. However, oil in Dubai is not abundant like in his neighbor state Abu Dhabi that is one of the world's largest producers of oil in the world.

Oil in Dubai

Dubai's first airport in mid-sixties.

First Dubai Airport

In 1971, Dubai inaugurated a new airport in the same year of formation of the United Arab Emirates.

Second Dubai Airport

For more wonderful pictures of Dubai in 1970′s, visit Anita van der kroL website.

Daily life at Dubai Creek in 1980′s.

Dubai Creek

Aerial view of Dubai Creek showing the end of Shindagga Tunnel.

Aerial view of dubai creek

Sheikh Zayed Road in the 1990′s.



Sheikh Zayed Road in 2009.

sheikh zayed road

sheikh zayed road


Although Dubai has emerged as an important international hub, the city is facing some serious issues like financial crisis and labour exploitation. But before you throw stones in Dubai , you should remember this is not the only place in the world with this kind of problems. I hope they fix them.

Like the evolution of life, cities mutate constantly. Dubai will have to make wise mutations in order to survive and adapt to the Earth challenging future. In your opinion, how Dubai will look like in the next generation?

I would love to hear your comments, please suggest me a place for the next The evolution of (city) post, it can be the city you live too.




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