1989 The Lodge in Al Nasr Leisure-land becomes Dubai’s first ‘superclub’. It closes from 1998 to 2003, then closes again in 2006 and re-opens in 2007 as the Chi@the Lodge.
1993-1998 Defence Road is massively enlarged and renamed ‘Sheikh Zayed Road’. One of the roundabouts is named Defence in memory of the original road.
1997Rock Bottom opens and new depths in clubbing are reached.
1997 Hard Rock Café opens. It is known to long-term residents as ‘the landmark that marked the very edge of Dubai’ – before the Marina arrived, that is.
1999Burj Al Arab is completed and becomes well known, admired and synonymous with Dubai around the world.
2002 Chicago Beach Village is demolished. It was built in the early ’70s for oil workers and had been central to lives of many in the town. It is commemorated by the Madinat’s ‘Pierchic’ restaurant (at the end of a ‘pier’, off the old ‘Chicago’ Beach’).
2005 Ski Dubai opens and the world gasps.
2006 People begin to move to the Palm Jumeirah – now the world’s largest offshore residential development.