Category archives: Memories

 

 

 

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Dubai Telephone Company office in 1960

Telephone Operator Exchange Building in Dubai 1960 until 1976 Dubai Telecommunication was operated by Dubai State Telephone Company managed by British Engineers. From 1976 to 2006 the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) was the sole telephone and telecommunications provider for the UAE. In February 2006 this monopoly became a duopoly when a new telephone company and […]

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Emirates Rulers Meeting in 1960

Rulers meeting at Dubai’s political agency in early 1960 Primarily in reaction to the ambitions of other European countries, the United Kingdom and the Trucial Sheikhdoms established closer bonds in an 1892 treaty, similar to treaties entered into by the UK with other Persian Gulf principalities. The sheikhs agreed not to dispose of any territory […]

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Sheikh Rashid and Margaret Thatcher Arriving Dubai Airport 1980s

Margaret Thatcher Official Visit to Dubai in Mid Eighties A memorable picture of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed receives British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Dubai in the mid-eighties. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013), was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader […]

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Dubai Business Tycoons in a Casual Meeting 1950s

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum to his right Hamad Al-Futtaim and Saif Kalban in 1950s Hamad Al Futtaim is the Co Founder of Al Futtaim Group. The Al Futtaim group was founded in the 1930s and expanded rapidly in the 1940s and 1950s becoming an integrated commercial, industrial, and services organisation. From the 1950s […]

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Queen Elizabeth in Dubai at the opening of DUBAL 1979

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Dubai at the opening ceremony of DUBAL in 1979 Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of  DUBAL, during her visit to Dubai with Prince Philip sitting next to her and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), located in Jebel Ali, […]

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Princess Anne visited Dubai in 1987

Princess Anne with Late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Anne, Princess (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise; born 15 August 1950), is the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, she was third (behind her mother and elder brother) and rose to […]

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Margaret Thatcher at the World Trade Centre Dubai 1980s

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Dubai visit in the 1980s. Popularly known as the Iron Lady, Thatcher held office from 1979 to 1990. It was during this period that she visited the UAE. Thatcher, 87, died of a stroke in London on April 8, 2013. Thatcher’s talent and drive caused her to be mentioned […]

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The Prince of Wales visited Dubai in 1989

The Prince of Wales Charles with Princess of Wales Lady Diana and Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum By 1989, the Dubai Municipality was scheduled to demolish Bastakia (old traditional houses). That same year Prince Charles was planning a visit to the UAE. During his visit to Dubai, the prince, known for his love of architecture […]

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Emirates Union Treaty 1972

Emirates Union Treaty 1972. Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid By 1966 it had become clear the British Government could no longer afford to administer and protect what is now the United Arab Emirates. When the British-Trucial Sheikhdoms treaty expired on 1 December 1971, they became fully independent. The rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai decided […]

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