IMAGES: Port Rashid 1960s and 70s

Port Rashid was a hive of activity from the day it unofficially opened in November 1970. Dubai was starting to boom. Dubai's demand for goods and materials meant more and more ships calling at Port Rashid. As fast as Berths were completed, ships arrived to fill those berths and their cargoes filled Storage Sheds and Yards to overflowing. Port Rashid soon became congested and Dubai's Merchant, their Suppliers and the Shipping Lines started to complain. By the time Port Rashid was formally opened by Sheikh Rashid in October 1972, Port Rashid's expansion was already being discussed. But unexpected changes were to come that dramtically changed Port Rashid's future.

IMAGES: Port Rashid: Late 1960s to Early 1970s

Port Rashid 1970s
 
  • 1969: Shindagah Beach was the chosen location to build Port Rashid
  • 1969: Port Rashid was the largest port built on totally reclaimed land
  • 1970: Soon Shindagah's landscape was changing
  • 1970: Shindagah was vacated to make way for Port Rashid
  • 1971: Reclaimed land was replacing open beach
  • Engineers and Construction people moved in.
  • Sheikh Rashid drives the ceremonial first pile for Port Rashid's construction to formally begin
  • Shindagah Beach transformed into a major construction site (1970)
  • Dubai's original English Speaking School became Construction Site Office
  • Jumeirah Beach started to change
  • 1971: Dredged material used to build the Quays
  • 1972: Dredger "Bengal Bay" working in Coastal Berth
  • 1972: Quay 2 Storage Sheds
  • 1972: Each Berth had a Quay Side Storage Shed
  • 1972: Sheds had large clear floor areas for Cargo Storage
  • 1972: Behind each Shed was a large open Storage Yard
  • 1971: These Storage Yards were floodlit from Lighting Tower for night working
  • 1972: Port Rashid perimeter road and fencing adjacent to Al Mina Street
  • Main Breakwater under construction
  • 1972: Port Rashid worked cargo while Port construction continued
  • 1974: Sheikh Rashid appointed Dubai Port Services to manage and operate Port Rashid.
  • DPS was a subsidiary of Gray Mackenzie and Company.
  • 1971: No Maintenance Facilities were included in the project. DPS later built Maintenance Facilities
  • 1971: Onsite Fire Fighting was a single Landrover Fire Engine!
  • 1972: DPS contracted out Harbour Tug Services to Gray Mackenzie and Co.
  • 1971: Quay 1 was the first set of berths to become operational
  • 1972: Shell Oil Co. imported AVGAS for Dubai Airport and MOGAS for Dubai's Motoring Public
  • Cement Cargoes being discharged on Quay No 1. 1972
  • Bagged Cement was imported for Dubai's Construction Boom
  • Dubai had yet to build its own Cement Factory
  • Port Rashid was soon working around the clock.
  • In 1971 Port Rashid depended on manual labour to move cargoes.
  • DPS purchased the first Toyota Forklift Trucks imported to Dubai.
  • Then moved from manual labour to forklift trucks for handling cargoes.
  • British India Passenger ships were the primary means of travel between India and Pakistan and Gulf States.
  • 1971: Yards soon filled to capacity with import cargoes
  • By 1972 Port Rashid's 15 Berths were often full and a further 8 ships double berthed and discharging cargo into barges
  • Import cargoes filled Port Rashid Storage Sheds to capacity
  • Port Rashid had reached capacity but was yet to be formally opened
  • Port construction nearing completion
  • Commemorative Stone prepared for Port Rashid's Official Opening.
  • Plaque was unveiled by Sheikh Rashid
  • Port Rashid was designed for conventional ships
  • Shipping was about to undergo a major change
  • Unexpected growth in container arrivals caused a significant change in Port Rashid's future.