Weekly Photo Challenge: Ever-changing Dubai

I initially wanted to submit photos of changes in the weather but battled to find anything in the first few archive folders I looked through… but then I remembered that I live in one of the fastest-changing cities on the planet – Dubai!

You can go to bed one night with the road one way, and when you wake up in the morning it’s completely different – there’ll be a new road or bridge or even a road taken away from where it was the night before. It’s nuts!

So, here are some photos of the changes that I have seen in Dubai over the last 7.5 years… there are bunches more but these are ones where I have a before and after photo of any particular change. Enjoy 🙂 (Click on any of the photos for a larger view)

  • Building Burj Khalifa and Downtown area

Burj Khalifa was originally called Burj Dubai, however its name was changed about a week before the opening because the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa, had to help out with the last finances and it was therefore named after him.

These photos were taken about 3 months apart.





  • JBR, The Walk area

The photo on the left was taken in 2009; the photo on the right taken in January 2015

  • Dubai Marina

Not taken from exactly the same place. The photo on the left was taken in 2008 or 2009 and was taken from roughly where the boats in the photo on the right start. The photo on the right was taken in January 2015.

And then to sort of fit in with my weather theme I wanted… a photo almost showing a change in the weather on its way – shortly before a bit of rain in Dubai.



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