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Al Fahidi Fort and the Grand mosque circa 1970

Al Fahidi Fort History Al Fahidi Fort was built in several phases. The oldest tower was built around 1787 and is believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. The fort was used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighbouring tribes. It has also served, […]

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Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum in his Office 1962

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Sheikh Rasid bin Saeed Al Maktoum 1912 – 7 October 1990 was the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. He ruled for 32 years from 1958 until his death in 1990. Sheikh Rashid brought Dubai to join Abu Dhabi and other northern […]

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Al Maktoum Hospital Road towards Nasir Square 1984

The start of modern health care in the United Arab Emirates can be traced to the days when the area was known as the Trucial Coast. In 1943, a small healthcare centre was opened in the Al Ras area of Dubai. In 1951, under the patronage of Sheikh Saeed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler […]

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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 […]

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Dubai Parade on Union Day 1986

UAE National Day Celebration in Dubai 1986 National Day is celebrated from 2 December each year in United Arab Emirates for two days or more (usually the 2nd and 3rd). It marks the UAE’s formal nationalization from the British Protectorate Treaties which ended on December 1, 1971 and the eventual, federal unification of the seven […]

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Dubai Water Supply 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 Hamarain Shopping Centre and Dubai Hospital […]

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A Street view of Bur Dubai in 1961

Unmade Compacted sand filled streets of Bur Dubai in 1961 In the 1820s, Dubai was referred to as Al Wasl by British historians. Few records pertaining to the cultural history of the UAE or its constituent emirates exist and because of the region’s oral traditions, folklore and myth were not written down. According to Fedel […]

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Adi Nasib Al Bitar with Dubai Rulers in 1968

Adi Bitar with Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed, Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Maktoum in Dubai 1968 Adi Nasib Al Bitar (1924–1973) was a judge, a legal advisor and lawyer who worked all over the Middle East. He was the author of the constitution of the United Arab Emirates. Adi was born in Jerusalem on December 7, […]

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Dubai International Airport in 1959

An Ariel view of Under Construction Dubai International Airport in 1959 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 […]

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