Dubai, Then and Now

For those who have not been to the princely state of Dubai in the Gulf country of the United Arab Emirates, we have here two photographs of the same street in Dubai.  The first was taken in 1991 and the second this year.

Those who think of the Arabs a "backward people" should ponder these pictures.

Pat Lang

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12 Responses to Dubai, Then and Now

  1. Jerome Gaskins says:

    unfortunately, those who disparage people without knowledge of them will never acknowledge evidence that disproves their “theories”.

  2. Jimboman says:

    I see a place with a serious air pollution problem

  3. UAE says:

    They still have a psychological aversion to physical work, treat women like crap, and display honor towards alibaba(if he benefits the group). Oh…and Inshala!

  4. Joe America says:

    Lovely. What a difference 14 years makes….too bad it was mostly American contractors who built those skyscrapers.

  5. Sidnei says:

    Parabéns por estas fotos
    e espero um dia conhecer esta maravilhosa cidade de Dubai quando eu tiver dinheiro.

  6. Ruth Franz says:

    Simply amazing! Now if we could just calm our fears about travelling through that part of the world, what a great adventure and experience this could be. I would love to see this city in person.

  7. Centor says:

    It’s an amazing change; it is however unfortunate how dubai treats its own people and its own foreign workers, who live in appalling conditions, misery amidst luxury. The true definition of backwardsness is an absolute economic disequilibrium, where human rights are trumpled under rushed attempts to create an overly materialistic facade. Keep it up?

  8. Mitch says:

    The Arabs bring in American architects, German engineers, Korean contractors, and South Asian laborers (whose passports are confiscated), to build their gleaming cities, paid for with oil pumped out of the ground by American and British engineers. The only difference in the participation of the Arabs in this process over the past 75 years is that they now pick up their checks by limo instead of camel.
    Their minds are as backwards as ever; if not for the West, they’d still be living in tents.

  9. rjj says:

    Rainfall about same as Yuma AZ. Nice greenery. High rises mean lots of flush toilets. Where do they get their water?

  10. Trent says:

    Mitch, the responsible reaction is to ignore you. But I’ll bite. Feel free to post your novel, your documentary film, your Nobel Prize winning problem set, your engineering design breakthrough, your resume detailing your contribution to the advancement of 20th or 21st Century learning.
    “The Arabs.” Like you have a clue.

  11. turcopolier says:

    De-salination plants. pl

  12. Taimoor says:

    You are absolutely right Mitch. This is the reality which we are facing.

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