The pictures come from NASA and show Dubai in 1984. They were taken by the space agency's Landsat programme.
The second picture was taken in 2017, and shows just how much Dubai has altered, with the addition of artificial land, buildings and ports.
We told you recently about how Dubai wiped the floor with the likes of London, Paris and New York when it comes to quality of life. And these pictures are a good indictor as to why people from around the world flock to the city.
The report by Deutsche Bank ranked Dubai as number 18 out of 50 in a quality of life index.
The cities were graded on eight measurements including quality of healthcare, cost of consumer goods and housing affordability, which was measured by the ratio of property price to income.