Sunday 9 September 2018

Then and Now Al Furjan Community

I flew back to Dubai this week. I've been in the UK since the end of May, I'll be back the start of October for our final wedding of the year. I'm only in Dubai for 2 weeks as I'm visiting our old home in South Africa. I didn't get the chance to visit last year after the sudden death of my father and I'm very much looking forward to catching up with my friends, reconnecting with the charities I worked with and hopefully a safari or two. 

I'll be continuing my before and after photo's in both Dubai and South Africa. It will be interesting to see how much has changed in the past 2 years, although I doubt it will be as dramatic as the changes over the past 3 months in Dubai.

The top photo in each picture was taken prior to June 2018, the bottom one in each set was taken September 2018. You'll see some really big changes in some of the photo's, in others, not much has altered in the 3 months I've been away.

Looking down from our house

 Construction of the new road system

 Looking out from the end of our street

 The new metro system as viewed from our balcony

The other metro station only 600ms away

In the meantime if you're interested in any of the construction projects I've been documenting around the world, mainly in Dubai, do click on the links below:

Week 158 Dubai Bluewater Islands and Dubai Eye. Man made island a 210m high Big Wheel
Week 159 Dubai Dubai Marina - Reflections
Week 160 Dubai Dubai Frame. A window between the Old and New Dubai and a 150m high glass floor.
Week 161 Dubai Dubai Marina 3 years apart.
Week 163 Dubai New Metro Line for Expo 2020
Week 164 Arizona and Nevada Hoover Dam 2002 - 2010
Week 165 Dubai Dubai Opera House What a difference a year makes
Week 166 Dubai Unfinished buildings. The Pentominium
Week 167 Coventry Mixing the old and the new. Coventry Catherdral
Week 168 Dubai New Dubai Metro Station 
Week 169 Dubai The new extension of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa 
Week 170 Dubai Hotel fire After the Address fire 
Week 171 Dubai Unusual designs The Opus Building
Week 172 Dubai District Cooling. Keeping the desert cool.
Week 173 Dubai Can I visit the Burj Al Arab
Week 174 Dubai The Almas Tower
Week 175 Dubai The Cayan Tower
Week 176 Toronto The CN Tower
Week 177 Nevada The Paris Hotel 
Week 178 Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate
Week 179 A Wedding
Week 180 Dubai The World's Tallest Tower
Week 181 Dubai and Wales Al Fahidi Fort and Chepstow Castle 
Week 182 Dubai New Metro Station in Al Furjan 
Week 183 Dubai Ski Dubai
Week 184 Another Wedding
Week 185 South Africa Life in a township
Week 186 Austria Ski Jump 
Week 187 Dubai Green Plant Bio Dome 
Week 188 Dubai Update on the Metro Station
Week 189 Dubai My view from the balcony changed in 8 months
Week 190 Greece Just how instagramable is it?


  1. The development in Dubai is just so fast its hard to keep up! Thanks for sharing photos. It looks so lovely there and looking forward to photos of your trip to South Africa =) #mysundayphoto

    1. thank you, there will be lots of pics of SA for sure

  2. Development there never stops. Safe travels back and onto South Africa.

  3. It'll be interesting to see just how much has changed #mysundayphoto

  4. Hope you've enjoyed your time in the UK?

    I bet you can't wait to get to South Africa

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    1. so looking forward to SA, it's been 2 years since i was there

  5. I am really enjoying your before and after shots. I look forward top next week's installment and happy travels.

  6. How exciting to be going back - have a great time, look forward to seeing the photos.

  7. Wow you travel a lot - where is your favourite place to be?

    1. I know it sounds corny, but anywhere my husband is

  8. So much construction going on! When I moved into my current home it was a construction site, we have three new streets of houses since our move 4 years ago. Also, a new school was built and the old one knocked down. There have been many high rise building that have disappeared and a few more to go in the next few years. It's interesting living in a changing environment, but I've not documented it. It must be exciting to see the changes in the places you have been away from. I bet the development is so different in different parts of the world too. Safe journey x

    1. it is amazing how much has changed just in our local area in the past 3 months

  9. Sounds like you have a busy few weeks ahead. Thank you for sharing the photos #mysundayphoto

  10. Everything changes so fast over there.

  11. Everything seems to change so quickly in Dubai...
    Have a safe trip x

  12. It must be weird to be back after so long away. Everything really does change so quickly there.

    1. It's funny how quickly I just get straight back into it

  13. Wow, the new road system and the metro stations have come on so much! Enjoy your trip to South Africa!

    1. I was very surprised with the road bridge, considering the traffic has continued without interruption as it was being built

  14. It’s amazing they can get all that done in the heat really isn’t it #mysundayphoto

  15. It must always feel like a building site in Dubai.

    Safe travels to South Africa

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for joining in with #MySundayPhoto

    1. surrounded with sand anyway so even if they stopped building it would still feel/look the same

  16. So much change in such a short time, must be disorienting.

    1. a little bit, escpecially when you find roads just altered literally over night

  17. Everything changes so fast.
    Have a fab trip to south Africa.