^ there are very few pics of dubai from the 1970's and 80's on the web. I guess nothing interesting was going in Dubai at the time (building wise) i mean there were projects like Trade Center, Port Rashid, Jebel Ali that were built in the 70's, 80's but thats about it i think. Most of Dubai at the time was Deira and Bur dubai which today are considered really old, After 1995 Dubai Started Booming when SKyscrapers started to come up on Sheikh zayed road and along the creek.
Look how how Abu dhabi looks from the mid-80's, i am surprised that many of the glass shiny buildings we even see today in Abu dhabi were actually built in the 80's, they were definatly way ahead of their time:
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