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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dubai in 1960

Dubai in 1960

Today Dubai serves to be a central hub for many International Companies for their business operations. World’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is in Dubai. It’s been a central attraction for tourists from all over the world. You know how Dubai was in 1960’s????? 
Take a look at following pics...

Dubai Police: Controlling Dubai's Traffic 1960s style
Doesn't appear to be too much traffic - non existent in fact!
Must have been a major road junction in Old Dubai to have a Traffic Policeman on duty.
Dubai Police: Are you insured?
 This photo must be from the late 1960s given the model and age of the car (an Austin A55).
Dubai Police were busy with road accidents long before the Sheikh Zayed Road was built;-)
Dubai Police: Traffic Jam 1960s style?
Two Landrovers, two cars and a motorcycle
were enough to give the Traffic Policeman a
headache in the 1960s!

Dubai Police: Stopping Landrovers speeding in 1960s
Dubai Police were always keen to use technology to help their cause.
Drivers had to keep a look out for VW Combi Vans parked on the side of the road!
Dubai Clock Tower 1965: Aerial ViewThis photo is taken after the completion of Al Maktoum Bridge and shows the Clock Tower Roundabout completed. Dubai's roads were not busy in 1965! The buildings on the left are:-
(front) Dubai Trade School established by Sheikh Rashid to teach National boys trade skills.
(behind) Dubai Industrial Gases and Oxygen Company where industrial gases were manufactured for local use and export.
(back) Dubai Municipality Fire Brigade Station.
(top right) Tanks are part of Shell Oil Company's Bitumen Plant where bitumen was manufactured and stored for local use and export. Small bitumen tanker ships berthed alongside the tanks to load their cargoes. Bitumen was in demand in the region for the road construction.
Dubai Clock Tower 1967: As seen from the Carlton Hotel Taken from the roof of the Carlton Hotel in Diera in 1967. Clock Tower can be seen in the distance (arrow). In the centre of the photo is the old Dubai Municipality Building. Behind that is the Dubai Electricty Company's Power Station that supplied Dubai's electricity. All the buildings in the foreground have been demolished.

Dubai Clock Tower 1971:Aerial View

Behind the Clock Tower is one of the first "high rise" buildings in Dubai. It was known as the Phillips Building because of a large advertisement on the top of the building for Phillips Electrical of Holland. In 1971 the facade on one side of the building collapsed crushing a number of cars but without injury to any people. The building was subsequently demolished.

Dubai Airport: 1960
Airport facilities were minimal. A compacted
sand runway, a small terminal building and a
service building formed Dubai's Airport in the
Dubai Airport: 1965
International Travellers usually flew into Bahrain and then to Dubai by Gulf Aviation. Regional services were provided by Kuwait Air and MEA.
Dubai Airport: 1965

Dubai Airport opened in 1960. Sheikh Rashid decided to build the Airport
after the British Government funded an Airport
at nearby Sharjah. He
believed an Airport was crucial to Dubai's
Al Ghusais was chosen as the location for the new Airport because it was
close the Dubai City and easy to get to. Jebel Ali was the preferred site but
was further from Dubai than Sharjah. Sheikh Rashid thought people would
still prefer to use Sharjah Airport.

Al Ghusais had been used as a landing strip by Frank Blumford, the Founder
of Gulf Aviation. Frank often flew Gold Bullion into Dubai, landing on the
sand at Al Ghusais. He advised Sheikh Rashid Al Ghusais was suitable for an
Airport. Dubai's first runway was made from compacted sand. An MEA
Heron was the first flight to land on the runway. MEA declared the runway s
afe after a series of test landings.
When four engined Vickers Viscounts came into service they caused damage to the runway frequently blowing the holes in the runway's compacted sand. Sheikh Rashid ordered the runaway be rebuilt using concrete.

Dubai in the 1960's. Dubai creek before dredging the silt:

Dubai 1960

Dubai in 1962 A new photographic archive of Dubai in the nineteen sixties has been put on display for the first the Report How Dubai changed

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