Malcolm Jones: Life in Dubai 1957
Malcolm Jones lived and worked in Dubai in 1950s and 60s. He had been a Bank Trainee in The British Bank of the Middle East (now HSBC) London office for nearly two years before he left England for Dubai on 7 November 1957 to join BBME in Dubai.
This is Malcolm's story and photos from his time in Dubai as it used to be........
Heading for Dubai 1957
At 20 years of age, I was the second youngest Trainee to be posted to the Middle East since the end of Second World War! Normally you had to be 21! I flew on the old Britannia aircraft via Damascus to Bahrain, spent a few hours at Bahrain Airport before flying to Sharjah! My goodness, what an experience for anyone at that age?!!
I stayed at BBME's building on Dubaiside located on the edge of Dubai Creek. My bedroom was on the corner overlooking the Creek. On my second night everyone was very rudely awoken by hearing very strong winds, rain and much shouting from outside. The Bank's electricity generator stopped. We were experiencing a massive cyclone! Dhows were washed way up the Creek and much damage caused. The Souq was totally awash!!
21st Birthday in Dubai 1958
On British Bank of the Middle East's balcony of Col Kelly (Manager BBME) celebrating my 21st birthday July 1958!! Left to right sitting Jack Warner of International Aeradio Ltd.,Dr Desmond McCaully. Standing James Commins of newly formed Eastern Bank Sharjah (later bought by Standard Chartered Bank), George Davey BBME and myself!! Sitting Alastair Macaskill, Gray Mackenzie & Co. (now MMI) and Neville Green,Manager Eastern Bank.
Friday in Sharjah 1950s
Mouth of Khan Creek Sharjah, 1958 where we often went on Fridays. Some of the RAF Officers (from UK's Sharjah Airbase) would also join us. This was a great spot! There was a deep lagoon so we took our own builders plank, drove Landrover wheels over the end to keep it firm in the sand and "Viola"! We had diving board!! The nearest Landrover belonged to Colonel Peter Lorimer, Dubai Police Chief. The other Landrover belonged to the BBME.