The world is advancing at a rapid pace. What was once considered modern is outdated within a few years. As we grow older, our surroundings change but we rarely notice the changes happening within. When we compare images of cities from today and years before, we start to see how big of a change has taken place. Here, we have compiled images of such cities then and now to give you a fresh perspective of the new world.
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1990 – Today)
Fun Facts: The Burj Al Arab hotel uses enough gold to cover the Mona Lisa painting 46,265 times. One out of every 4 cranes in the world is located in Dubai. The police force in Dubai spends more on each of their supercars than it costs to send a child to college in the United States. The United Arab Emirates does not have any federal income tax.
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1889 – Today)
Fun Facts: According to TripAdvisor, the world’s best beach is located in Baia do Sancho, Brazil. It is found in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, just over an hour by air from Natal. Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country by both population (approximately 210 million) and geographical area (3,287,597 square miles). Brazil’s highest mountain is the Pico da Neblina (Mist Peak), on the border with Venezuela, at 2,994 metres (9,823 feet) above sea level.
3. Seoul, South Korea (1900 – Today)
Fun Facts: This relatively small country (it is about the size of England) has seen its economy grow steadily since 2009 and currently has the 11th largest GDP in the world ($1.4 trillion, according to the latest ranking by the World Bank). After China and Japan, South Korea is the third biggest in Asia and also the seventh largest exporter in the world, with its top products being integrated circuits
4. New York, USA (1922 – Today)
Fun Facts: A little over 8 million people live in New York City. That means 1 in every 38 people in the United States call the city home. More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English. France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 for its centennial celebration. The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates and took 4 months to assemble at its current home on Ellis Island.
5. Moscow, Russia (1882 – Today)
Fun Facts: Moscow is the capital and most heavily populated city in Russia. Moscow claims the largest number of billionaires in the world. Per Forbes, there are 84 billionaires in the city. The first McDonald’s opened in Pushkin Square on January 31, 1990. The line to the restaurant ran for several miles. Over 6 million passengers use the Moscow metro daily making it the third busiest metro in the world.
6. Paris, France (1900, Today)
Fun Facts: Known as the “City of Light” or the “City of Love,” the streets of Paris overflow with culture, art, beauty, and history. The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be a temporary installation, intended to stand for 20 years after being built for the 1889 World Fair. Visitors to the Eiffel Tower have to climb 1,665 steps to reach the top – unless they take the elevator! There are a mere 270 steps to reach the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.
7. Berlin, Germany (1945 – Today)
Fun Facts: In terms of total area, Berlin is one of the largest cities in Europe. The capital of Germany could fit 9 cities the size of Paris in its territory. Berlin is similar to Venice not just in the number of bridges, but also in that is has a total of 180 km of canals. This is why this mighty city can also be explored on a boat.
8. Istanbul, Turkey (1905 – Today)
Fun Facts: Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents: Asia and Europe. Tulips, the symbol of Holland, originated in Istanbul and were sent from Istanbul to Netherlands. It is surrounded by sea, with the Bosphorus cutting right through it. And yet, snow is common in the city, with the annual average being 18 inches.
9. Singapore, Republic of Singapore (1900 – Today)
Fun Facts: Singapore’s national anthem is in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note.
Singapore is one of only three surviving city-states in the world. The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City. In addition to its main island, the nation of Singapore includes 63 additional islands, most of which are uninhabited.
10. Tokyo, Japan (1945 – Today)
Fun Facts: With more than 35 million people living in greater Tokyo, the city is the largest metropolitan area in the world. Space is limited. A typical size of a one bedroom apartment is usually not more than 15 square meters (170 square feet). Hotel rooms are often tiny. Uniquely are “Capsule hotels”, they are popular in Japanese cities.
11. London, Great Britain (1950 – Today)
Fun Facts: London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. The population in 2016 is estimated to be as much as 8.63 million. It has one of the planet’s greatest concentrations of cultural attractions – from royal palaces to the people’s parliament, from Roman ruins to castles and cathedrals.
12. Sydney, Australia (1932 – T0day)
Fun Facts: Sydney was given the nickname Sin City in the second half of the 20th century because organised crime held a grip on the city and corruption was rife, infiltrating the top levels of politics, law and justice. Sydney is 1580 square kilometres across, which is more than double New York’s 780 square kilometres. Ok, so in square miles that’s 610 for Sydney and 301 square miles for New York.