Link 15 Apr Dubai Airport in 1962 Past and Present in Pictures»

Dubai Airport in 1962

History of Civil Aviation in Dubai

The history of civil aviation in Dubai started in July 1937 when an air agreement was signed for a flying boat base for the aircraft of Imperial Airways with rental of the base at about 440 Rupees per month – this included the guards’ wages. The Empire Flying Boats also started operating once a week flying east to Karachi and west to Southampton, England. By February 1938, there were four flying boats a week.

In the 1940s flying from Dubai was by flying boats operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), operating the Horseshoe line from Southern Africa via the Persian Gulf to Sydney.

Dubai Airport Construction:

Construction of the airport was ordered by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in 1959. It officially opened in 1960 with its first airfield, at which time it was able to handle aircraft the size of a Douglas DC-3 on a 1,800 m (5,906 ft) long runway made of compacted sand. Three turning-areas, an apron and small terminal completed the airport that was constructed by Costain.

Dubai International Airport has four terminals. Terminal 1 has one concourse, Terminal 2 is set apart from the other two main buildings and Terminal 3 is divided into Concourse A and B. The cargo terminal is capable of handling 3 million tonnes of cargo annually and a general aviation terminal (GAT) is close by.[71] In 2015, a fourth concourse will open (Concourse D) and will see all airlines currently operating from concourse C shift operations there. Thus, concourse A, B, and C will become part of Terminal 3 and concourse D will be part of Terminal 1.

As all passenger traffic out of the airport is international in nature, the three major terminals in operation are equipped with immigration-processing facilities for international travel.

Since there are international flights operating out from the airport, the terminals of the airport are equipped with immigration processing facilities and security scanning for all passengers including domestic, and regional passengers.

Link 14 Apr Dubai Deira Creek in 1988 Past and Present in Pictures»

Dubai Deira Creek in 1988

A view of Dubai Creek from Dubai Intercontinental Hotel 1988

The creek’s initial inlet into mainland Dubai is along the Deira Corniche and Al Ras areas of eastern Dubai and along the Al Shindagha area of western Dubai. It then progresses south-eastward through the mainland, passing through Port Saeed and Dubai Creek Park. The creek’s natural ending is at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from its origin at the Persian Gulf.

Lots of Dhows can be seen parked on Dubai creek at deira side.Dhows are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, fresh water or merchandise, along the coasts of the Eastern Arabia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and East Africa. Larger dhows have crews of approximately thirty, smaller ones typically around twelve.

The exact origins of the dhow are lost to history. Most scholars believe that it originated in China between 600 B.C. to 600 A.D. Some claim that the sambuk, a type of dhow, may be derived from the Portuguese caravel.

The Yemeni Hadhrami people, as well as Omanis, for centuries came to Beypore, in Kerala, India for their dhows. This was because of the good timber in the Kerala forests, the availability of good coir rope, and the skilled carpenters who specialized in ship building. In former times, the sheathing planks of a dhow’s hull were held together by coconut rope. Beypore dhows are known as ‘Uru’ in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala. Settlers from Yemen, known as ‘Baramis’, are still active in making urus in Kerala.

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In the 1920s, British writers identified Al Hudaydah as the center for dhow building. Those built in Al Hudaydah were smaller in size, and used for travel along the coasts. They were constructed of acacia found in Yemen.

Link 11 Apr H.E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoom inside his Benz G63 AMG Past and Present in Pictures»

H.E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoom inside his Benz G63 AMG

Link 11 Apr Dubai Clock Tower 1971 Past and Present in Pictures»

Dubai Clocktower was designed by engineer Edgar Bublik, General Manager of Overseas AST, and constructed by an ECC local builder around 1964. By 1972 the monument had started to crack and corrode the steel reinforcements

Dubai Clock Tower 1971

Link 3 Apr Dubai Abra in 1997 Past and Present in Pictures»

Abras are used to ferry people across the Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They travel between the water station at Shindagha/Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai side, and the water station at Al Sabkha on the Deira side. The abras depart every few minutes. The fare is 1 dirham, which is paid to the ferry driver.

Dubai Creek Crossing by Abra in 1997

An abra is a traditional boat made of wood.

Abras are used to ferry people across the Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They travel between thewater station at Shindagha/Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai side, and the water station at Al Sabkha on the Deiraside. The abras depart every few minutes. The fare is 1 dirham, which is paid to the ferry driver.

Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. Historically, the creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows coming as far away as India or East Africa. Although it impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbour in the city. Dubai’s pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city’s economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.

Link 3 Feb Sheikh Rashid Road towards Al Hudaiba-Satwa 1970»

Sheikh Rashid Road towards Al Hudaiba-Satwa 1970

Link 3 Feb Water Suppy in 1960's»

A man is filling water from a publicly installed water hydrant in 1960

50 years ago Dubai had NO running fresh water! Water sources were a natural pond (in an area that later became Karama) occasionally refreshed by rainwater; some sweet water wells near Al Fahidi Fort; areas where HamarainShopping Centre and Dubai Hospital are now located plus several wells in Jumeira. People either collected water from the pond or nearby communal wells or bought from Water Sellers who collected water from the pond for delivery by donkey cart or old Tanker Trucks. Wealthy families drilled their own wells and installed electric pumps. The water carried viruses and was unhealthy. Cholera was an everyday risk. Water Purification Tablets introduced in 1956 went someway to reduce that risk.

Link 3 Feb Dubai City skyline at night in 2012»

Night view from Jumeirah Beach-1 in 2012


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