Over the last decade, with its bold architecture, sensational skylines, mega shopping malls, and cosmopolitan lifestyle, Dubai has become one of the world's top tourist destinations. 

Although the "city of the future" has witnessed a major transformation after the discovery of oil in 1962, it does have a rich heritage, despite the misconceptions people might have. 

Let's take a look at some historical photographs of Dubai before the boom:

1. 2000 vs today

Dubai, transformation, 2000, now, UAE
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2. 2005 vs today

Dubai, transformation, 2005, UAE
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3. 1980 vs 2013

Dubai, transformation, 1980, 2013
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4. 1999 vs 2016

Dubai, transformation, 1999, 2016, UAE
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5. 1990 vs. 2017

Dubai 1990 vs. 2017, UAE
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6. Dubai in 1950

Dubai in 1950, UAE
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7. Sheikh Rashid Road towards Al Hudaiba-Satwa, 1970

Sheikh Rashid Road towards Al Hudaiba-Satwa 1970, Dubai, UAE
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8. Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai Trade Centre 1991 vs Sheikh Zayed road today

Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai Trade Centre 1991, UAE
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Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai
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9. Dubai waterfront 1970 vs Dubai marina today

Dubai waterfront 1970, UAE
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Dubai marina, UAE
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10. Dubai Airport during 1970's

Dubai Airport during 1970's, UAE
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Dubai airport, dxb. UAE.
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