Making Dubai Creek Navigable 1959

Dubai Creek became un-navigable in the early 1950s due to sand build up. Sandbanks and Sandbars created hazards for Dhows. Dubai's trade was adversely affected as fewer Dhows found their way safely into Dubai Creek. In 1953 Dubai developed a Plan to dredge Dubai Creek to remove sand build up and prevent future sand build up to restore Dubai's trade activity.

Dubai Creek Plan 1959

Solving Dubai Creek's silting problems 1959

The Plan shows Dubai Creek sometimes flooded the area adjacent to Sheikh Saeed's Palace, cutting off Shindaga from Dubai. Dubai Creek was still in its "natural" state in the 1950s. Its "beachside" edges were measured by the rise and fall of the tide. Buildings extended down to the high tide level There were no wharves or creekside walkways. Neville Allen of Sir William Halcrow and Partners developed a plan to resolve the problem. Overseas AST were given the task of removing sand build up from Dubai Creek. They imported specialist Dredgers for the task. Work started in 1959.

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    Dubai Creek had become unnavigable due to sand silting.
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    Sheikh Rashid appointed Sir Willaim Hacrow and Partners as Consulting Engineers to resolve the problem.
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    Solution was to build retaining walls along the Creek sides and dredge Dubai Creek to a working depth. Looking from Shindagah to Khor Dubai,
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    Overseas AST was appointed to carry out the work. Here retaining walls are being built at the entrance to Dubai Creek.
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    Overseas AST Dredger working at deepening Dubai Creek with dredged material used to fill in behind the new retaining walls
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    Shows Dredger working off Shindagha at Dubai Creek Entrance