Dubai's First Traffic Lights 1971
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. Drivers sounded their car horns if they
thought the Traffic Lights were taking too
long to change. For no apparent reason
these Traffic Lights were switched
off between midnight and 6 am. At
least Residents of nearby
Apartment Blocks could get some sleep.
However no one needed an alarm clock!
Promptly at 6am the car horns started
"These Traffic Lights were installed at the request of the municipality No.2 Boss Mr Abdul Ghaffor. They were purchased from GEC Elliott Automation (long since gone) and installed by myself supervising Cable Jointers from the Dubai State Telephone Company. I remember we put more Traffic Lights in over the next few years. The next set of Traffic Lights we installed was at Al Faheedi Fort junction."
Steve Camm (Dubai Resident 1969-78)
"I recall Traffic Lights installed at the junction of Quarry Road and Al Mina Street around 1967 which predates the Traffic Lights described on your page. They were installed to control Trucks carrying rock to Port Rashid Construction Site."
David Johnston (Dubai Resident-Sir William Halcrow&Ptnrs 1966-1970,1981-1984)
"I'd forgotten those Traffic Lights! Should have remembered. Drove through them everyday for a number of years. I guess those Traffic Lights were part of a construction site whereas the Traffic Lights on this page were the first official Traffic Lights installed by the Municipality therefore a Dubai Milestone. I have now included a page devoted to the Al Mina Street Traffic Lights you describe. Page includes information you kindly provided. Page is HERE"
Traffic Lights Photo Gallery
CLICK HERE to see a Photo Gallery of Traffic Lights and Al Fahidi Street.