In the scope of 50 years, Dubai has developed from a sand pit into a bustling city of wealth and extravagance. When the small fishing village struck oil in 1966, the desert soon began trading its sand for cement, putting Dubai on the map with the world’s tallest buildings, busiest airports and mind blowing modern technology.
1900s: Fishing Village
Fishing, pearl diving and a trading port for gold and spices. This was Dubai before its extreme wealth today. Think of Aladdin running through his local bustling marketplace and that’s pretty much the picture of Dubai in times gone by. These markets are known as souks and are still a thriving feature of Dubai today with many tourists visiting the old town to get a taste of the city’s history.