Foreign Policy has a gallery of photos of Dubai before its economic boom. Shown above:
Men gather in al-Naif souq, one of the oldest traditional markets in Dubai. It was partially damaged by a fire in 2008 -- but the fabulously wealthy emirate decided that this was one of the cultural landmarks that it wanted to keep around. The souq was rebuilt in 2010.
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