Departing Dubai Airport 2009

Dubai Airport has changed since I first flew in to Dubai in March 1971. Dubai Airport had changed considerably when I flew out a year later. Flying to international destinations from Dubai usually involved night departures so few opportunities to photograph Dubai from the air.
Taking off from Dubai Airport in 2009 was a vastly different experience. My Emirates 777 departed from Gate Number 297. Back in 1972 there was just one Departure Gate!
My flight departed early morning on a clear day so I was able to get a "Bird's Eye View" of just how Dubai as changed since my first arrival in 1971. Back then Dubai Airport was surrounded by sparsely populated desert. In 2009 the desert sand had all but disappeared, replaced by sprawling urban developments.

Click on either of the images to see what I saw....

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  • 1970s
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  • 1960s
    Dubai's original Terminal Building & Control Tower 1960s
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    Dubai Airport as it used to be in March 1971
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    Dubai Airport Terminal Building 2009
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    Dubai Airport Control Tower
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    An Emirates Aircraft departing against a background of construction cranes. 2009
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    Once people drove across the desert sand to reach Sharjah. Now it would be difficult to find sand to drive on!
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    Dubai/Sharjah Tarmac Road completed 1967. A major step forward in uniting the Emirates
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    Windtowers were a Deira feature. Deira 2009 is an Urban Sprawl unimaginable in 1971.
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    Deira Coastline was in danger of disappearing through erosion. Reclamation has moved Deira's Coastline out to sea.
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    Hamriyah Port was hub of trading with Iran. Now the port is to be replaced by a new port designed to remove trading dhows from Dubai Creek.
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    Hundreds of ships anchored off Dubai during 1970s boom years often waiting four months to discharging their cargoes in Port Rashid.
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    Dubai as it used to be is disappearing!!!!