Most people on the planet are aware of Dubai’s meteoric rise from sand dunes to skyscrapers.
One thing is to talk about it but quite another to actually witness it with your own eyes in about five mind-blowing seconds.
In a matter of decimals, Palm Jumeirah and The World appear on the map, as do countless other developments to the west of the emirate.
This is all thanks to Earth Engine, a new Google feature that allows users to see how a handful of cities and locations around the planet – including Miami, Brisbane, Alberta and San Francisco – have evolved over the last three decades.
Each time lapse has been made from 33 cloud-free annual mosaics, one for each year from 1984 to 2016.
Fortunately you can stop the clock on a specific year, zoom in, pan and generally admire in greater detail the transformation and urbanisation of the featured cities as well as any other part of the planet (check out the map at the bottom of the article).
The majority of the images come from Landsat, a joint USGS/NASA Earth observation programme that’s been observing Planet Earth since the 1970s.
We almost want to travel in time another thirty years to see what other iconic landmarks Dubai has in store for us.
Want to pitch any ideas capable of challenging Palm Jumeirah or The World?