In 1990, the United Arab Emirates’ total GDP stood at $US50.7 billion.
It was basically a backwater in the desert.
Today its GDP is more than $US360 billion.
Seeing a GDP growth chart would
But reddit user Safwanish has posted an image that captures this insane growth even better. It shows what the main road in Dubai, the E-11, looked like in 1990, and what it looks like today.
Check it out:
It appears the “before” photo may be from an outer stretch. Here are three more views of the city from an ’80s documentary that show a bit more development, but still pretty dusty:
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