Sheikh Saeed's Palace 1976

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's Father. Sheikh Saeed's died in 1958 after which his Palace in Shindagha was abandoned. Built from traditional materials such as coral rock and barasti, Sheikh Saeed's Palace soon fell into disrepair, eventually becoming derelict. I took these photos one afternoon sometime around 1976. At that time many of Dubai's traditional buildings were being demolished to make way for modern commercial buildings and apartments. Although derelict, Sheikh Saeed's Palace still retained much of its traditional decorations, albeit faded and damaged.
Several years after these photographs were taken, Sheikh Saeed's Palace was restored to become and historic attraction for Dubai's Tourists.

Len Chapman