Alan's Aerial Views of Dubai circa 1980

Back then I worked in Port Rashid's first Container Terminal which was so successful that Port Rashid had to be extended to incorporate a purpose designed Container Terminal. Capt. Arthur Jarman, Port Rashid's Port Manager, knew I was a keen photographer so asked me to take aerial photos of Port Rashid's new Container Terminal as it neared completion. He arranged for a helicopter to fly me over the Terminal early one morning to take these photos. After I finished my task, the Helicopter Pilot asked if I would like a flight around Dubai. Of course! Yes please!! These are some of the images I took during that memorable flight.

Alan Hill Dubai 1978-82

  • Container Cranes being erected on Port Rashid's new Container Terminal
  • Port Rashid Extension prior to commencing operations.
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  • View to Dubai Creek and Deira from Berth 35. Berth 35 later used for QE2
  • Sheds in foreground were built at Sheikh Rashid expense in 1971 for Dubai's Merchants to store their cargoes outside the Port.
  • Port Rashid was inundated with Container Traffic in late 1970s. Every available space was used to store Containers.
  • Prior ro 1968, Sheikha Shaikha's Palace was on the beach. Subsequently demolished late 1980s to build new Customs Building.
  • Dubai Municipality beautified the traffic roundabout at the junction of Al Mina Street and Bank Street with greenery and a Falcon Statue.
  • Dubaiside as it used to be.
  • A Dhow under sail was a rare sight in 1980.
  • Entrance to Dubai Creek.
  • Dubai becoming a mix of the old and the new.
  • Deira and the entrance to Deira Soukhs.
  • Deiraside with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the background
  • Sheikh Rashid's Zabeel when it was remote from Dubai
  • Zabeel and Sheikh Rashid's home Zabeel Palace
  • Bedu Farm in the desert
  • Mosque in a desert garden area -- possibly Dhaid
  • Desert Cultivation using irrigation channels.
  • Goats being fed and watered - maybe approaching Ramadhan when there is significant demand for goat meat.
  • Salt Flats but location unknown
  • Coastal Village - Location Unknown
  • Hatta Mountains
  • Hatta Mountains
  • Dibba with the Mussandam in the background
  • Dibbah Coastline - Traditional dwellings at Dibba