It’s taken a while, but we are finally seeing more of the world in high resolution via Google Earth. The changes were made last night and include areas of Russia, China, Africa, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean Islands, many islands in the Pacific, Puerto Rico, South America, New Zeland, Australia.
Of most interest to me was Dubai, who’s spectacular growth in both buildings and islands sees a major change. Google Maps has yet to be updated so I took a snapshot of Dubai, the photo is circa 1999/2000 I suspect, and is in low resolution.
So here are some rather spectacular before and after shots of Dubai.
Dubai, plus the coast line as far as Jebel Ali port (BEFORE) :
Dubai around now, with the photo showing just beyond Jebel Ali port: (AFTER)
There are other assorted buildings and structures in Dubai, many of which I photographed from the ground. Here are some of the famous ones:
The recently completed Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping centers in the world, with it’s own indoor ski slopes to the left of the picture:
Palm Island Jumeirah, that did not exist just 5 years ago.
The Burj Dubai under construction, center of picture:
The Burj al Arab, Madinat Hotel and Jumeirah Beach hotel:
The skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road, with Emirates Towers just off the center.
And finally, the UAE from 310 miles up, you can make out the two islands.
You can look at my photos of Dubai from the ground.