This short film compares and contrasts the UAE of today with that depicted in historical films, going back to the 1950s. Homes made from palm fronds have been replaced by skyscrapers including the tallest building in the world. Camel transport has been replaced by fast cars and state-of-the-art metro rail systems. Sailing dhows used for pearling and trade have been replaced by container ships and luxurious cruising boats. The earliest flights to the UAE on old BOAC bi-planes have given way to ultra modern airports and A380 aircraft. This film puts the country's amazing progress into perspective.
Dec 2nd 1971 - Meeting in the Guest Palace between rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm al-Quwain and Sharjah to sign the first constitution of UAE.
Feb 1972 - Ras al-Khaimah joins the UAE
Sequence of images of Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum is announced first Prime Minister of UAE in December 1971
Close up of UAE flag
Aerial of coastline 1970s -- fades into contemporary aerial of built up coastline
Close up man sifting pearls
Diving for pearls 1920s
Camels walking in line across ridge of sand dune
Pearling dhows 1920s
British bi-planes landing in Sharjah 1930s
Al Mahata fort in 1930s and contemporary shots of the fort as an aviation museum
Sharjah in 1930s -- to modern day aerials of Sharjah
1930s airstrips to modern UAE airport shots
Close up of oil being poured
1958 - First oil refineries built in UAE
1962 - Esso Dublin takes first cargo of crude oil from UAE
Aerials of the Ruwais oil refinery 1960s
Aerials of Abu Dhabi coastline
Construction of housing in Abu Dhabi 1960s
The White Fort -- 1960s and contemporary aerials
Commerce and trade in port of Dubai
Aerial of Dubai creek 1960s
Contemporary aerial of Dubai creek and ships
Aerials of docks in Dubai and cityscape
Aerials of roads and metro system
Aerials and high angle shots of skyscrapers
Al Ain Oasis, Abu Dhabi
1960s -- Trucial Omani Scouts who policed area on camels
Al Jahili Fort -- 1960s and today -- contemporary aerial
Aerials of contemporary Al Ain
I didn't have much time in Dubai so I did a city tour to have the chance to see more of the city. I normally don't do city tours, I prefer to get a map and walk on my own, but for Dubai, a city tour worked well.
It took about 4 hours and we saw some of the most famous places in Dubai, like the Burj Al Arab, one of the tallest hotel and the only recognized as a 7-star in the world; Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island; the newly open Atlantis, an beautiful hotel at Palm Jumeirah; and the Burj Khalifa (previously known as Burj Dubai), the tallest building in the world (even Tom Cruise was filming Mission: Impossible there recently). Watch everything on this High Definition (HD) video! We can also see a couple of mosques, the Dubai Mall, largest shopping centre in the world, and the beach! To finish the video with a grand finale, the impressive fountain show in front of the Burj Khalifa!
On the next video I fly over Dubai with Emirates, showing some of these sites from above, plus The World, an amazing group of man-made islands in the shape of the world's continent.
More about Dubai from Wikipedia:
Dubai (Arabic: دبيّ dubayy) is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has the largest population with the second-largest land territory by area of all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country's legislature.
The earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095, and the earliest settlement known as Dubai town dates from 1799. Dubai was formally established in the early 19th century by the Al Abu Falasa clan of Bani Yas, and it remained under clan control when the United Kingdom assumed the protection of Dubai in 1892. Its geographical location made it an important trading hub and by the beginning of the 20th century, it was an important port. In 1966, the year oil was discovered, Dubai and the emirate of Qatar set up a new monetary unit to replace the Gulf Rupee. The oil economy led to a massive influx of foreign workers, quickly expanding the city by 300% and bringing in international oil interests. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after the UK left the area in 1971. At this time Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and four other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates. The following year Ras al Khaimah joined the federation while Qatar and Bahrain chose to remain independent nations. In 1973, the monetary union with Qatar was dissolved and the UAE Dirham introduced throughout the UAE. A free trade zone was built around the Jebel Ali port in 1979, allowing foreign companies unrestricted import of labour and export capital. The Gulf War of 1990 had a negative financial effect on the city, as depositors withdrew their money and traders withdrew their trade, but subsequently the city recovered in a changing political climate and thrived.
Today, Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai's economy was built on the oil industry, currently the emirate's model of business, similar to that of Western countries, drives its economy, with the effect that its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. This increased attention has highlighted labour rights and human rights issues concerning its largely South Asian workforce. Dubai's property market experienced a major deterioration in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the worldwide economic downturn following the Financial crisis of 2007--2010.