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Incredible Before and After Shots of Dubai!

When you’re looking down on Dubai from a glitzy rooftop bar, observation deck or your own balcony in the clouds, it’s hard to believe that Dubai was little more than a sprawling sand strip only a few decades ago. Check out these before and after shots of Dubai to see the city’s inspiring transformation…

Dubai Marina

Drag arrow right… to see Dubai Marina in 2003 (image by: lifebeyondsportmedia.com)

Drag arrow left… to see Dubai Marina now!

The Clock Tower in Deira

Drag arrow right… to see the Clocktower in Deira in the 1960s (image by: Dubai Culture and Arts Society | via Pinterest).

Drag arrow left… to see Clocktower now (image by: Rollie_PM | via Panoramio).

Dubai Police Supercars!

Drag arrow right… to see Dubai Police car near Al Mulla Plaza in the 1980s (image by: Dubai Police)

Drag arrow left… to see the all-new Dubai Police fleet at their HQ (image by: Dubai Police)

The World Trade Center

Drag arrow right… to see the world trade center in the 1990s feeling a little lonely (image by: @bankofproperties |Via instagram)

Drag arrow left… to see Sheikh Zayed road today

The Toyota building

Drag arrow right… to see the iconic Toyota building in the 1980s (image by: FB funpage Makhsoom Dubai | via dubaiinmyeyes.blogspot.ae)

Drag arrow left… to see the Toyota building completely dwarfed by its surroundings.

The Palm Jumeirah

Drag arrow right… to see Palm Jumeirah under construction (image by: alnaboodahconstruction.com)

Drag arrow left… to see Palm Jumeirah today.

Downtown Dubai

Drag arrow right… to see Downtown Dubai in 2006 (image by: lifebeyondsportmedia.com).

Drag arrow left… to see Downtown Dubai now!

Dubai International Airport

Drag arrow right… to see Dubai international airport in 1971 (image by: lifebeyondsportmedia.com)

Drag arrow left… to see Dubai international airport T3 today (image by:@robwhitworth | via YouTube)

The iconic Burj Al Arab

Drag arrow right… to see the Burj Al Arab under construction (image by: Gable Ratchet | via Panoramio).

Drag arrow left… to see the Burj Al Arab now (image by: Jumeirah).

Time to plan your next rooftop drink, road trip or just play ‘tourist’ for a day, and make the most of your incredible city!