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Abudhabi Corniche through the past

A sign marking the start of a beautification project is shown in this shot from May 1983. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and also the largest of the seven emirates, covering more than 85 per cent of land that constitutes the UAE.Abu Dhabi holds more than 80 per cent of the UAE's oil reserves and 11 per cent of the world's reserves. This makes it, by far, the richest of the UAE's seven emirates. This picture is from December 1983.Abu Dhabi's long coastline extends to more than 400 kilometres and was once the world's best place for pearling and fishing, as this shot from 1987 demonstrates.Abu Dhabi City is the capital of the emirate. Like any capital, it is bustling with life and activity. The Corniche is pictured here in 1991.This 1991 file photo shows the city celebrating UAE National Day. The city was planned in the 1970s for an estimated maximum population of 600,000, but now, at least 850,000 people live there.In accordance with what was considered to be ideal urban planning at the time, the city has wide grid-pattern roads, and high-density tower blocks. This was how the beach looked in 1994.Abu Dhabi houses parliamentary buildings, most of the federal ministries and institutions, foreign embassies and many oil companies. This 1994 file photo shows people taking a stroll along the Corniche.Abu Dhabi City is known in the region for its greenery. Today, the former desert strip includes numerous parks and gardens. The Volcano Fountain, seen here in 1997, was a popular attraction of the Corniche, but has since been demolished.Abu Dhabi owes much of its infrastructure growth to the efforts made by the Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings (also known as the Khalifa Committee), which was founded in 1981. Sailing takes place at the Corniche in this June 1997 picture.A giant statue of a falcon is lowered onto the Corniche for the 26th National Day celebrations in this photo from November 1997.The Corniche shoreline stretches in a shallow, unbroken curve, from the rounded Adnoc building at one end of the city to the Sheraton Hotel at the other.Along this stretch lies landmarks such as the Baynounah Hilton, the Abu Dhabi Grand Hotel, and the ADCO headquarters. This shot shows the Corniche in 1998.The Volcano Fountain in Abu Dhabi was famous for pulling large crowds each evening, when lights fell on it and the lighting effects on the water create the impression of a dramatic volcanic eruption.Major projects in the city include a Dh70 million museum and a large souq, which have attracted thousands of visitors into the city.Such large projects also attracted reputed international players in the construction and architecture industry to submit tenders and undertake contractual projects.Abu Dhabi's Corniche is a favourite spot for people looking for a respite, beauty and tranquillity. The Corniche is beautifully landscaped with a seafront promenade.The city has seen a perennially changing skyline during the last three decades, a feat that remains unparalleled in the Middle East, as this picture from 1998 demonstrates.Abu Dhabi city is a modern city with broad boulevards, tall office and apartment buildings, and busy shops. Principal thoroughfares are The Corniche, Airport Road, Shaikh Zayed Street, Hamdan Street and Khalifa Street.The Corniche expansion project gets under way in this photo from 1998. The project involved reclaiming 800,000 square metres of land from the sea, widening the Corniche road and creating more parking spaces.Abu Dhabi established in 2007 the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environments.As well as the beauty of the Corniche, tourists and travellers visit Abu Dhabi to view some of the most remarkable structures and mosques of the world. This aerial shot from 1999 shows the view of the Corniche and sea from above.A view of the city's skyline can be seen in this photo from 1999. In August 2008, a new two-kilometre beach stretch along the Corniche opened, offering swimming areas, refreshment outlets, scenic gardens, pathways, beach volleyball pitches and children's play areas.

1 comments:

Steven Stewart said...

It is nice to see how Abu Dhabi looked like in the nineties. That was really a fascinating transformation from those years until today.


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