Shaolin Monks are Cool

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The Dream Paradise

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Dubai Police: Controlling Dubai's Traffic 1960s style

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Doesn't appear to be too much traffic - non existent in fact!

Must have been a major road junction in Old Dubai to have a Traffic Policeman on duty.

Dubai Police: Are you insured?

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This photo must be from the late 1960s given the model and age of the car (an Austin A55).

Dubai Police were busy with road accidents long before the Sheikh Zayed Road was built;-)

Dubai Police: Traffic Jam 1960s style?

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Two Landrovers, two cars and a motorcycle were enough to give the Traffic Policeman a headache in the 1960s!

Dubai Police: Stopping Landrovers speeding in 1960s

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Dubai Police were always keen to use technology to help their cause.

Drivers had to keep a look out for VW Combi Vans parked on the side of the road!

Dubai Clock Tower 1965: Aerial View

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This photo is taken after the completion of Al Maktoum Bridge and shows the Clock Tower Roundabout completed. Dubai's roads were not busy in 1965! The buildings on the left are:-
(front) Dubai Trade School established by Sheikh Rashid to teach National boys trade skills.
(behind) Dubai Industrial Gases and Oxygen Company where industrial gases were manufactured for local use and export.
(back) Dubai Municipality Fire Brigade Station.
(top right) Tanks are part of Shell Oil Company's Bitumen Plant where bitumen was manufactured and stored for local use and export. Small bitumen tanker ships berthed alongside the tanks to load their cargoes. Bitumen was in demand in the region for the road construction.

Dubai Clock Tower 1967: As seen from the Carlton Hotel

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Taken from the roof of the Carlton Hotel in Diera in 1967. Clock Tower can be seen in the distance (arrow). In the centre of the photo is the old Dubai Municipality Building. Behind that is the Dubai Electricty Company's Power Station that supplied Dubai's electricity. All the buildings in the foreground have been demolished

Dubai Clock Tower 1971:Aerial View

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Behind the Clock Tower is one of the first "high rise" buildings in Dubai. It was known as the Phillips Building because of a large advertisement on the top of the building for Phillips Electrical of Holland. In 1971 the facade on one side of the building collapsed crushing a number of cars but without injury to any people. The building was subsequently demolished.

Dubai Airport: 1960

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Airport facilities were minimal. A compacted sand runway, a small terminal building and a service building formed Dubai's Airport in the 1960s.

Dubai Airport: Immigration and Customs 1960s Style!

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Dubai Airport: Check In 1960s Style!

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Dubai Airport: 1960

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Dubai Airport: 1965

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Dubai Airport opened in 1960. Sheikh Rashid decided to build the Airport after the British Government funded an Airport at nearby Sharjah. He believed an Airport was crucial to Dubai's future.
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