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Dubai Airport: 1960s Fascinating Pics!  
User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19960 times:

| find the below pictures extremely fascinating. It probably shows the arrival of inaugural MEA flight from Beirut to Dubai.

As you can see, not long ago the airport terminal was, well, a shed!!!! It's been said that at the time of opening the airport, locals were wondering about the need of having 'yet another airport' so close to Abu Dhabi! They thought Dubai's ruler was nuts basically.



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Arrival of MEA inaugural flight in Dubai?


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MEA 'air hostesses', anybody notices something funny?


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Anybody can estimate or find out about the exact date?

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User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19910 times:

amazing pics.

These pics are of the late 1960's when the infra just started building up and oil was discovered...
nice ones btw!!
IIRC, SQ and BA flew DXB with their 747's in the late 70's right?
there is a pic of BA and SQ here in A.net...in DXB.



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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 19691 times:
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More nice pictures like these can be found in Graeme Wilson's books on Emirates and Dubai Airport (they also feature many photos taken by a.net photogs).


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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 19665 times:



Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
As you can see, not long ago the airport terminal was, well, a shed!!!! It's been said that at the time of opening the airport, locals were wondering about the need of having 'yet another airport' so close to Abu Dhabi!

Actually, the locals thought it was nuts building another airport close to the much more superior Sharjah Airport which was the main airport in the UAE. Imagine!



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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 19644 times:



Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 1):
These pics are of the late 1960's when the infra just started building up and oil was discovered...

It must have been in the early 60th, sadly before Feb 1st 1963.

Source http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi-bin/v...D-ADE&airline=Middle+East+Airlines


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 19524 times:



Quoting Burkhard (Reply 4):

It must have been in the early 60th, sadly before Feb 1st 1963.

Source http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi-bin/v...lines

That is chilling! Quite a remarkable notice, I must say! Smart of you to notice this.



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User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 19480 times:



Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
MEA 'air hostesses', anybody notices something funny

Yes, the air hostess's legs (knees) have been blacked out to keep it in accordance to the local laws about skirts.

Such laws stilll exists in Sharjah but not in Dubai.


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 19291 times:

http://wassch71.tripod.com/cedarjet3.html

According to this page, MEA inaugurated services to Dubai in 1966. However the book which contains this photo says that in September 1961, Sheikh Rashid of Dubai and Sheikh Ahmed Al Thani of Qatar wrote to MEA, stating a case of strengthened links with Lebanon. A few weeks later, MEA listed a new weekly Beirut-Doha-Dubai-Doha-Beirut service. The 75-seater Viscount had 75 seats, and had high load factors, frequently arriving in Beirut without an empty seat.


User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8453 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 18791 times:
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Dubai you have come a LONG way in 50 years. Would love to see a 1978-80 picture of 747's refueling.

User currently offlineRleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 499 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 18706 times:

This one is also interesting, from 1979:


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 18476 times:

Good find, thank you for posting. Definitely early 60's maybe even late 50s, by looking at the aircraft, good old MEA.  Yeah sure


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 18118 times:



Quoting AirIndia (Reply 6):
Yes, the air hostess's legs (knees) have been blacked out to keep it in accordance to the local laws about skirts.

Such laws stilll exists in Sharjah but not in Dubai.

Even in Abu Dhabi (not sure about Dubai) there are people who go through women's magazines with a black marker pen and scribble over legs, etc. I couldn't believe it when someone showed me! I once wondered why there was white tape over a box of Special K I bought - then I realised there was the shape of a woman on the box underneath. Naturally my eyes rolled when I realised.


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14445 times:



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 11):
Even in Abu Dhabi (not sure about Dubai) there are people who go through women's magazines with a black marker pen and scribble over legs, etc. I couldn't believe it when someone showed me! I once wondered why there was white tape over a box of Special K I bought - then I realised there was the shape of a woman on the box underneath. Naturally my eyes rolled when I realised.

Quite common in that part of the world-in Saudi, every single book/magazine was censored that way. Must've taken an army to do that job. And for a male, can be quite fun :P


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14328 times:

Woderfull pictures....Just shows how far ahead Aviation i s today.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineSkyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13940 times:



Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 1):
These pics are of the late 1960's when the infra just started building up and oil was discovered...
nice ones btw!!

Dubai never had any meaningful oil discoveries to speak of. Abu Dhabi did. Dubai was and still is a major trading hub and port.



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User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 13154 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Reply 9):
This one is also interesting, from 1979:

this is the one i was exactly talking about!!



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User currently offlineDALCA From Netherlands, joined Aug 2006, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12295 times:

Just look at this pic, even in 1991 it was still in it's infancy.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/CSA--...ovenske/Ilyushin-Il-62M/0304981/L/



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User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10783 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Reply 9):
This one is also interesting, from 1979:

In less than 30 years DXB became the biggest hub in the gulf and the middle east. They put themselves on the map. Everyone talks about EK and DXB.

Quite an achievement!! Well done Dubai!!

They deserve a standing ovation.



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User currently offlineAnshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10454 times:



Quoting KU747 (Reply 17):
In less than 30 years DXB became the biggest hub in the gulf and the middle east. They put themselves on the map. Everyone talks about EK and DXB.

And to think they started off by leasing a plane from PIA. Goes to show how nothing is impossible as long as the will to succeed exists.  thumbsup 


User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13436 posts, RR: 100
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10121 times:
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It is interesting thinking about DXB pre-EK. When people ask about airline growth, realize that most of the growth will be in areas that have little service today.  spin 

Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
As you can see, not long ago the airport terminal was, well, a shed!!!! It's been said that at the time of opening the airport, locals were wondering about the need of having 'yet another airport' so close to Abu Dhabi! They thought Dubai's ruler was nuts basically.

I'd call it better than a 'shed,' but the facilities are nothing compared to today! Wow, what a change.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 3):
Actually, the locals thought it was nuts building another airport close to the much more superior Sharjah Airport which was the main airport in the UAE. Imagine!

Wow... a will and a way.

Quoting Rleiro (Reply 9):
This one is also interesting, from 1979:

Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineI380North From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10097 times:



Quoting Anshuk (Reply 18):
And to think they started off by leasing a plane from PIA.

Wonder what PIA is thinking now?

Quoting KU747 (Reply 19):
Quoting Anshuk (Reply 18):
And to think they started off by leasing a plane from PIA. Goes to show how nothing is impossible as long as the will to succeed exists.


same here...quad check.


User currently offlineAnshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10022 times:



Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 20):
It is interesting thinking about DXB pre-EK. When people ask about airline growth, realize that most of the growth will be in areas that have little service today.   


Gobi desert!  duck 

Quoting I380North (Reply 21):

Wonder what PIA is thinking now?

Cannot imagine!

The photos are like a time capsule. Thank you for sharing!


User currently offlineAnshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9961 times:

Quoting Skyguy (Reply 14):
Dubai never had any meaningful oil discoveries to speak of. Abu Dhabi did. Dubai was and still is a major trading hub and port.

Oil was indeed discovered there in the late '60s and caused a massive influx of immigrants and led to the initial Dubai boom! If I'm not mistaken, the Jebel Ali port was built in the mid '70s, only after the discovery of oil. However, it is true that *now* oil isn't a significant contributor to the economy!

[Edited 2009-12-08 16:21:58]

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25848 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9868 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
Good find, thank you for posting. Definitely early 60's maybe even late 50s, by looking at the aircraft, good old MEA.

It can't be the '50s. DXB airport didn't open until September 30,1960 according to the airport website history section. Construction was only started in 1959.


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9662 times:



Quoting AsoRock (Thread starter):
It probably shows the arrival of inaugural MEA flight from Beirut to Dubai.

No MEA service to Dubai in the 4/66 OAG; in the 5/66 they have a weekly Comet.

What reason is there to think it's Dubai?


25 Post contains links PITrules : More: http://www.dubaiasitusedtobe.com/pages/galleries/oldairport.shtm
26 Jalapeno : you can definitely tell by the 1960's style clothing
27 PPVRA : All those hippies. .
28 Wassch71 : Hi MEA started scheduled service to Dubai in May 1966. I actually have a picture of the arrival of inaugural flight to Dubai, featuring a Comet. The a
29 Beyauty : Huh? I live in Abu Dhabi, and there is no such thing, unless this was vigilante work done by a few individuals. It's certainly not official. All you
30 SOBHI51 : The flag is the proof. From all the people meeting the plane and the security around this must be an unscheduled flight for an official visit. Tried
31 B727fan : Not true. Oil is the MAIN source of boom and sustaining the boom for Arab states along the Persian Gulf. True, Dubai may not have enough oil for expo
32 Post contains links Anshuk : I wasn't talking about all the Arab states in the region, merely Dubai. Oil contributed to less than 6% of Dubai's economy back in 2005. I couldn't f
33 Post contains links and images BA : Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Amazing how Dubai was practically nothing back then compared to where it is now. MEA means a lot to me an
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