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Dubai's Al Maktoum Bridge as it used to be in 1960s.

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Dubai's Water Towers
Dubai's Domestic Water System 1970s.
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Bastakia's Wind Towers.
Derelict Demolished Restored.
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Captain's Store
Captain's Stores.
Cameras Binoculars Smuggling.
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Chicago Beach Hotel
Chicago Beach Hotel.
Popular but Demolished.
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Clock Tower
Dubai's Clock Tower.
The Story Behind the Tower.
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Dubai's Water
Finding Water for Dubai.
Dubai's First Domestic Water System.
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First Traffic Lights
Dubai's First Traffic Lights.
They didn't work at night!.
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Sheikh Saeed's House
Sheikh Saeed's House.
Derelict prior to Restoration.
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Port Rashid Terminal Opening
Sheikh Rashid.
Opening Port Rashid Container Terminal.
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Creek Raft Race
Dubai Creek Raft Race.
First Race in 1971.
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Dubai's First Power Station
Dubai's First Power Station
Demolished
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Port Rashid
Port Rashid.
Chapter 2
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Dubai's Police
Dubai's Traffic Police.
Dealing with new Technology
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Dubai's Markets
Dubai's Markets
Before Supermarkets
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Kazan
Dubai's Kazans.
An Engineering Marvel
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Dubai Lady
Dubai's People
Shopping Dubai 1970s
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Jumeirah Beach Road
Jumeirah Beach Road
How it was in 1968
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Wadi Portrait
Wadi Portrait.
When Dubai was innocent!
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First Show Jumping
First Show Jumping
Dubai Metropolitan Hotel 1987
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Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
Demolished??????
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Dubai Grand Prix
Dubai Grand Prix.
Motor Racing comes to Dubai 1981
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Al Fahidi Fort
Al Fahidi Fort.
Dubai's best Museum
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Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club.
Dubai's Premier Golf Course.
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Dubai Post Office
Dubai's Post Office.
Postal Order Process!
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Dubai Creek
Dubai's Creek
How it used to be 1963
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Dubai Defense Force
Dubai Defense Force
On Parade in Jumeirah 1972
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Dubai Country Club
Dubai Country Club
Demolished 2007
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Dubai Creek
Bait Al Wakheel
Dubai's First Office Building
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Creek Cargo Wharves
Dubai's Wharves
Where Dubai used to make its money
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Cycle Dubai
Cycle Dubai
Cycling come to Dubai
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Dubai Dirt Donksl
Dubai's Motorbike First
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Queen Elizabeth 2
Britannia in Dubai.
Queen Elizabeth 2 State Visit
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Al Maktoum Bridge
Al Maktoum Bridge
Opening 1969
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Bastakia
Bastakia
Before it was restored
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Dubai's People
Dubai's People
As they used to be
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Dubai Airport Immigration
Dubai Airport
Immigration and Customs
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Dubai's Power Station
Duba's First Power Station
Demolished!!!!
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Dubai Car Crash
Dubai's Police
Car Crash 1970s Style
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Dubai's Trade Center
Dubai's World Trade Centre
Dubai's First Hi Rise
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Dubai 1972
As it used to be!

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Sheikh Rashid opening Al Maktoum Bridge 1963

Official Opening of Dubai's Al Maktoum Bridge 1963

Sheikh Rashid officially opened Dubai's first bridge on 23rd May 1963 connecting Dubai and Deira sides of the Creek. People no longer had to ride or walk around the top of the Creek to get from one side to the other. More importantly Al Maktoum Bridge enabled goods to move quickly from Customs Wharves on Dubai side to the Diera Dhow Wharves where these goods were traded and shipped by Dhow to India, East Africa and the Gulf Countries.

Original Al Maktoum Bridge did not have a Lifting Section. Lifting Section was built between 1969 and 1970. More information here

Who paid for Al Maktoum Bridge?

Sheikh Rashid financed Al Maktoum Bridge by charging a Toll for vehicles to cross the bridge. That charge only applied when crossing from Deira to Dubai. Travelling the other way was free.

Al Maktoum Bridge » An important development for Dubai's Trade
Toll Tickets were sold in shops. There was a small wooden Toll Booth located at the start of the bridge on Deira side. The Toll Collector usually stood outside the Toll Booth. As Drivers approached the Booth they held a ticket out of the Driver's window. They didn't slow down! They judged the best place to let go of their Toll Ticket so the wind took it somewhere near the Collector. The Toll Collector rarely bothered to collect the ticket. Just letting the ticket fly into the wind from the car or truck was enough to let the Collector know you had bought a ticket. The area around the Toll Booth was always littered with Toll Tickets. Drivers knew when they were approaching the bridge. The landscape and road turned blue with the littered bridge toll tickets! If anyone looked closely at these tickets, they may have seen some "tickets" were just pieces of paper! Nevertheless by around 1973 Al Maktoum Bridge was paid for and traffic no longer had to pay a toll.


Al Maktoum Bridge 1963

Who built Al Maktoum Bridge?

Overseas AST built Al Maktoum Bridge with Sir William Halcrow as the Consultant Engineer. Overseas AST was an Austrian Engineering Company that established in Dubai in 1958 and Dubai's first major construction company. Overseas AST still operates today as a Dubai owned Company.

Photo Gallery of Original Al Maktoum Bridge's Construction. HERE

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Bedouin from Old Dubai