Minimize Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai or Dubayy, is located in the north-east of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is the largest city in the country, and one which is quickly developing into a commercial hub for the region and has become famous in recent years for architectural developments.

The eastern part of the town is known as Dayrah (Deira). Known as the "Venice of the Gulf", Dubai is the chief port and commercial centre of the United Arab Emirates. The abundance of oil wells in this area have largely displaced the traditional occupations of pearl diving, fishing, and camel breeding.

Dubai Skyline
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Our tour around the world returns to Dubai today. The image comparisons acquired by Landsat 5 and 8 demonstrate the Dubai skyline, which is frequently changing, particularly over the past decade.

This satellite imagery illustrates the tremendous urban growth the city has undergone over the last 26 years. New buildings, including the Burj Khalifa, have been built and another notable development is the Palm Islands; artificial islands constructed on reclaimed land off the coast of the city. In this comparison we can see the Palm Jebel Ali, the Palm Jumeirah and the World Island.

Another aim of these images is to promote the opportunity to download Landsat data through the ESA portals (or third party mission free catalogue), where images captured every day are made available in near real time to the users and the scientific community.

Landsat full resolution data products are freely available for immediate download at:

Dubai - 2017Dubia - 1991

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View Landsat 8 OLI high resolution image (JPG 6.1 MB)

Technical Information of original image
Product: Geo Tiff format
Satellite/Sensor: Landsat 8 OLI and Landsat 5 TM
Resolution: 30 metres
Coverage: 180 x 180 KM
Acq. Date: 20 Dec 2017 and 01 Apr 1991
Band Combination used to create this image: 4, 3, 2 (R-G-B) and 3, 2, 1 (R-G-B) Visible colour layers
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