Dubai's First Waterfront Properties 1970

Sheikh Rashid built villas on Jumeirah Beach in the late 1960s to house Port Rashid construction staff. Some villas were built very close to the water's edge. During stormy weather, waves could break into these villas causing damage. Nevertheless these villas were an idyllic place to live. Jumeirah Beach had yet to be adversely affected by the building of Dubai Drydocks and Fishing Harbours. Water depth was shallow to about 100 meters offshore and safe for families and young children to swim and play.

Jumeirah Beach 1970

Photo by T J White


Photo by G Novinger