Before Dubai there was Kolmanskop.
A German diamond mining town built in the middle of the Namibian desert in the early 1900's. It was a life of luxury. In the development of Kolmanskop, each house had running water and electricity, heck there was even a bowling alley, an ice factory and swimming pool in this town. After the decline in diamond prices and WW1, the town began to deteriorate and was ultimately abandoned by the mid 1950's.
Over time this quaint German town in Africa has been reclaimed by the sands of Mother Nature.