Al Fahidi Street 1971

We arrived in Dubai in March 1971. Our first home was an apartment in Al Owais Building in Al Fahidi Street. The building was new. We were one of just five European families now living on Al Fahidi Street. Dubai's first set of traffic lights was outside the aprtment block and downstairs was V V and Sons where everyone bought their Hi Fi Equipment. Al Fahidi Street still had sand "pavements" with only the road tarmaced. We were a short walk from a grocery store (no supermarkets back then) and the bread van arived each evening, parked on the nearby sand area to sell fresh bread from the back of the van - there was no bakery nearby. Al Owais building was surrounded by traditional buildings, many housing foreign labourers. Bringing a car home from work meant parking on the sand next to the building - no garages! We had two small children so the Landlord had fitted extra high handrails on the balconies for the childrens'safety. We happily lived there for several months before moving to Jumeirah. Before we moved, I took a series of photographs from each of the apartment's windows.

Len Chapman

Al Owais Building was demolished in 2015.