UAE turns 45 on Friday.
For many, it is the land of massive malls, swanky hotels, high-rise buildings and home to some of the region's biggest events - Dubai World Cup and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
UAE has come a long way...
But, every now and then, it's good to stop and look back at the journey. It's a beautiful reminder of the vision and hard work of the leaders.
Photographer Anita Van der Krol's works will take you back in time
Originally from Netherlands, she lived in Dubai between 1975 and 1980. During this time she took hundreds of black and white analog photographs of everyday life in the city.
This is Dubai back then...
All images are by Anita Van der Krol. View the entire collection here.
A textile shop
The first English newspapers in Jumeirah
The vegetable market
Coffeepot shop in the souk
A car with the old number plate
The charcoal market
A cotton factory
Food being sold by the road
Rowing abras at the creek
Fish nets near the abra
A rainy morning in 1977
Dubai in 1976
Satwa back then
Bastakiya in the '70s
The Creekside in the early days