It's usually baffling to see the changes any region goes through over a short span of time, especially when the progress materializes in photos.

The Khaleej (Gulf) alone has witnessed unprecedented developments over the course of a century that will make you restore your faith in human determination and vision. 

From completely uninhabited deserts in the pits of nowhere to futuristic cities, and indispensable economies and cultures to nowadays' world.

Take a look at how the region man-made its way to the top:

1. Saudi Arabia (1910)

Saudi Arabia, 1910
Source: Al Sahra

Camel caravan of pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 1910.  

2. Saudi Arabia (1937)

Riyadh, over 80 years ago, was your village-like area, where merchants rode mules to go about their daily tasks.

3. Oman (1938)

Muscat, Oman, 1938
Source: Quora

This is Oman's capital, Muscat, back in the late 1930s. 

4. Kuwait (1953)

Kuwait, 1953
Photo taken from a hot air balloon in 1953 Source: Pinterest

The golden era of Kuwait after discovering oil.

5. UAE (1960)

Dubai, UAE, 1960
Source: Irhal

Dubai International Airport started with one building and a couple of airplanes back in the 1960s.

6. Dubai (1964)

Dubai, Deira, UAE
Source: Reckon talk

Deira was once the commercial center of Dubai, UAE. 

7. Qatar (1970)

Qatar grew out of the British colonial times with true 70s grace. 

8. Bahrain (1970-80)

Bahrain, Souk, 1970
Source: Mahmood

This is Bahrain's souk area back in the late 70s early 80s. 

9. Saudi Arabia (1980)

Saudi Arabia, 1980
Source: Country Data

In no time, highways and cars filled the kingdom.

10. Saudi Arabia (1990)

Saudi Arabia, 1990
Source: 248 AM

The internet, personal computers, and arcade/gaming centers were on the rise back in the 90s. 

11. UAE (2005)

UAE, 2005, Dubai
Source: Bored Panda

In the early 2000s, the UAE started to shape its ever-famous city, Dubai, to eventually become the futuristic city we know today. 

12. Saudi Arabia (2018)

Today, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is the center and heart of the Khaleeji economy.

13. Oman (2018)

Even though Oman is known for its amazingly beautiful nature, it balanced itself between a modern, yet traditional architecture.

14. Kuwait (2018)

A Europe-like scene proving Kuwait's beauty is there to stay. 

15. UAE (2018)

From empty lands to one of the most visited places on earth, Dubai is now unstoppable and completely taking over. 

16. Qatar (2018)

Qatar delved into true-art architecture, making sure palm trees decorate its streets as a reminder of the region's culture. 

17. Bahrain (2018)

Bahrain took all these years to its advantage by building an astonishing trading center, a monument now recognized worldwide. 

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