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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Evolution of Dubai

The Evolution of Dubai

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

 From the top of the building
Burj Khalifa at the top
Dubai Mall

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 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 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

dubai festival city

dubai festival city

Bur Juman Shopping Mall
burjuman


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 international financial center
dubai international financial center
 Culture Villageculturevillage1
culturevillage2

dhcc1

dubai healthcare city
Business Baybusiness bay
business bay

business bay

business bay
 Dubai Metro
dubai metro
dubai metro
 Palm Jumeirah
dubai palm jumeirah

dubai palm jumeirah
Palm Deiradubai palm deiraThe World
duba - the world
dubai - the world
Palm Jebel Ali and The Waterfrontdubai- the waterfront
dubai - the waterfront

dubai - the waterfront
 Dubai Lagoons
dubai lagoons
Future Developments
Signature Towers
signature towers
jumeirah gardens
jumeirah gardens
jumeirah gardens




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.
11th Century
In 1095, the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al-Bakri mentioned Dubai in the “Book of Geography”.
16th Century
In 1580, Gaspero Balbi, a Venetian pearl merchant, visited the area in 1580 and mentioned Dubai for its pearling industry.
17th Century
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
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.
Aerial view dubai creek

aerial view dubai creek
Souks of Deira in 1960s
Souks of deira
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 First Dubai Airport
In 1971, Dubai inaugurated a new airport in the same year of formation of the United Arab Emirates.
Second Dubai Airport

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
dubai1990s
21st Century
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.
Source:http://blog.zeemp.com/the-evolution-of-dubai/

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