They were such simple times…

For many of us, the Dubai we know (and love) is made up of futuristic skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and record-breaking attractions.

But not so long ago, our fair emirate was a very different place. In fact, Dubai in 1990 would be completely unrecognisable today. It was a time when Sheikh Zayed Road was practically a desert strip. The Burj Khalifa was not even a twinkle in an architect’s eye – believe it or not, the tallest building in town was the World Trade Centre.

Lucky for us, Twitter is as good as any time capsule, and we’ve trawled it for some users’ nostalgic memories of what it was like to live in the UAE during the 1990s.

Here are some of our favourites…

1. What shopping was like before The Dubai Mall

2. These were the main entertainment options

3. This was life before Netflix

4. And Friday brunch didn’t exist yet

5. But the snacks were pretty great

6. So were the bevs

7. Let’s not forget the baked goods

8. Sightseeing didn’t take very long

9. Getting around was easy

10. These were the main landmarks

11. Until new ones started coming along…

Images: Twitter