Arriving Dubai 1977

This remarkable aerial view of Dubai as it used to be in October 1977 was taken by Barry Hope from the Alitalia Airplane taking him to live and work in Dubai for the first time in 1977.
Barry went on to establish Dubai Dirt Donks Off Road Motorcycle Club in 1978, now Dubai Motor Cross Club, and Gulf Sport Racing LLC in Dubai in 2004.


Dubai's World Trade Centre is seen under construction in the distance with a dual carriageway road connecting it to Dubai. There are few buildings in between. Dubai Creek is still being used for cargo discharge despite Port Rashid being open.

The ex Mediterranean Cruise Ship "Bon Vivant" can be seen berthed on Dubai Creek near the Intercontinental Hotel. Dubai was a "Boom Town" in 1977 but had few hotels to accommodate the incoming flood of people. mv Bob Vivant was used as a Hotel Ship in an attempt to alleviate the accommodation problem. Dubai Intercontinental Hotel was being built but Sheraton Hotel had not yet started building. Hotel rooms were booked, rebooked and "bartered" with visiting businessmen negotiating for rooms and paying premium prices. Although Hotel Room Rates and Demand were at an all time high, the Dubai Businessman who invested in chartering the Bon Vivant apparently lost money on the deal.