A new photography exhibition in Dubai will explore how the UAE city developed its global reputation.

Hundreds of photos exploring the rise of Dubai have gone on display in the UAE for the first time, following a successful exhibition in Germany.

Culture vultures arriving on flights to Dubai are urged to catch the display, which features the work of Dutch artist Charlie Koolhaas.

Dubai Then captures how the city emerged to become a globally-recognised destination and it will be open to the public at the Pavilion Downtown Dubai until August 18th, The National reports.

Ms Koolhaas said of her project: “Dubai Then is about this nostalgia we have for this euphoric past that’s only three years ago.”

The original exhibit has been updated with ten recently shot images, showing how Dubai has developed since 2008 and how it has responded the financial crisis.

Some of the original shots feature the Burj Khalifa just as the glass cladding was being applied, as well as many of the diverse people that make up the UAE.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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