Dubai's First Kawasaki Jet Ski 1974

Kawasaki Motors Corporation of Japan introduced the world's first Personal Water Craft (PWC) - the Jet Ski in 1973. Dubai's first Kawasaki Jet Ski was imported by Gray Mackenzie and Company shortly after that. Kawasaki described its new Jet Ski as "an exciting new way to enjoy the water". Water sports were already growing in Dubai in the mid 1970s with water skiing on Dubai Creek, SCUBA Diving offshore and Sailing from small sailboats to offshore sailing cruisers.

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Gray Mackenzie did not promote the Kawasaki Jet Ski commercially. This lone Jet Ski provided water borne entertainment for Gray Mackenzie's staff. Nevertheless Gray Mackenzie were keen to show their newly acquired Kawasaki Jet Ski to the visiting Chairman of the Inchcape Group, the late Lord Inchcape. Gray Mackenzie and Co was part of the Inchcape Group. This original "stand-up" model, with a powerful 400cc engine and handlebar steering, allowed a person to effectively water ski without need of a powerboat. Staying upright on this device was a challenge, especially in choppy water.

Wisely Gray Mackenzie decided on a dry land demonstration for their respected Chairman - and his dignity!

L to R: Capt Ian Butcher (Harbourmaster), partly hidden Capt Arthur Jarman (Port Manager), Lord Inchcape, George Chapman Director Gray Mackenzie and Company, Khalid Al Khalifa Assistant Port Manager

This "dryland" Jetski demonstration took place in Port Rashid's Coastal Berth, adjacent to Dubai Flour Mills and their Grain Silos