Dubai's First Traffic Lights
Dubai's First Traffic Lights were
installed in Al Fahidi Street opposite V
V and Sons
. Why the lights were
installed at this junction is unclear.
There was not much traffic plus it
was a "T" Junction so not a real
test of new Traffic Lights.
Dubai's Drivers have always been
impatient, no more so than when waiting
at Traffic Lights. The Drivers used
to sound their car horns if they
thought the lights were taking too
long to change. For no apparent reason
the Traffic Lights were switched
off between midnight and 6 am. At
least the Residents of the nearby
Apartment Blocks could get some sleep.
However no one needed an alarm clock!
Promptly at 6am the car horns started
Probably one of the few areas in Dubai that is nearly the same today as it was over 30 years ago. The traffic lights are still there. The same Traders are still there (plus a few more). The traffic flow has changed to a one way system. But the traffic lights stay on all night and no one sounds their car horn anymore when the lights are slow to change!
In 1971 there was not a lot of
traffic on the roads as this photo
shows. Also looking across the Creek
to Shindaga shows very little development
in that area.
Although the buildings have changed
since 1971 , many of the Traders
in the street in 1971 are still operating.
Although the road is tarmac, the
side walks are still sand. On the
right side of the road were shops
and apartments while on the left
were mainly cafes and tailors. The "high
rise" Ambassador Hotel can be seen
in the distance but the Astoria Hotel
was yet to be built.
The area between Al Fahidi Street
and Port Rashid was a mix of housing
and factory yards. There are no high
rise buildings. The Storage Tanks
of the Shell Oil Company Terminal
can be seen in on the horizon. These
tanks were used to store petrol and
aviation fuel imported through Port
Rashid. There was a direct pipeline
from this Terminal to Dubai Airport
to supply aviation fuel to refuel
aircraft at the Airport.
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