Looking towards Al-Ain from the rest area about 20 km (14 miles) from Al-Ain and around 100km (70 miles) from Dubai. The upper shot was taken in 2001 and the lower shot from almost the same viewpoint in 2004. Drag the lower right corner of the pop up window down to reveal the whole image. Click here to see the view in the opposite direction from the top of the hill on the other side, taken in 2001.
The trees have grown a little and the bushes along the strip the right have changed but apart from the disappearance of the Amana advertising sign, not much has changed in this view. 40 years ago there were no roads in the Emirates and this scene would have been virgin desert.
Dubai to Al-Ain Highway 2001 and 2004 compared
2001 photo Nikon Coolpix 990; 2004 photo Nikon D100
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, highways, then and now, deserts, UAE