Dubai Then and Now 1970’s – 2016 Part 3

These photographs were taken on the road to the airport. I took three from the taxi on my way to the aiport in 2016 so didn’t have time to set up a shot. In the 1970’s if I wanted to take a photo I pulled onto the sand at the side of the road and lined up whatever I wanted to take. It was possible to stand in the middle of most roads in the early 1970’s.

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Clocktower roundabout 2016

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Clocktower roundabout 1970’s

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Airport approach road and flyover 2016

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Airport approach road and flyover 1974

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Dubai Then and Now 1970’s – 2016 Part 2

A couple more photo’s to show how Dubai has changed.

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Taken from an abra under Al Maktoum Bridge 2016

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The same shot taken in 1979

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The Sheraton taken from an abra in 2016

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A similar shot taken from Dubai side in 1979

 

 

Dubai Then and Now 1970’s & 2016

After a forty year absence I revisited Dubai in November 2016. It felt very familiar, yet unfamiliar. Here are two views that reflect the larger impression. Whilst they are recognisable they have changed dramatically.

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Looking inland from the Abra Steps on Deira side 2016

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The same shot taken in 1979

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The Abra Steps Dubai side taken from the creek 2016

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The same shot taken in 1974

Legoland

A couple of years ago I accompanied some friends to Legoland. Theme Parks don’t appeal to me but the model village constructed here is interesting and well worth a look. A team of people design and create these buildings and provide the maintenance throughout the months the park is open.

Here are a few of the photo’s I took, some of them almost look like the real thing!

 

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