The city of Dubai is situated along the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates. These Landsat 7 images show the area in 2000 and 2012, and give a remarkable view of the changes that have taken place—both on land and in the water.
In 2001, work began to create artificial archipelagos along the shoreline of Dubai. The Palm Jebel Ali and smaller Palm Jumeirah are two “Palm Islands” that can be seen in the 2012 imagery. North from the Palm Islands is a group of smaller islands, created in the rough shape of a world map. Known as “The World,” this small area has created an additional 144 miles of shoreline.
The 40-year archive of Landsat data is useful to scientists, public and government officials, and others interested in detecting changes on Earth’s surface.