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Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:29 pm

This was posted by someone at another board, according to them it could be anywhere from 1980 to 86 if the aircraft on the right is a Boeing 720 which PIA phased out starting 1985, while A300 joined them in 1980.

http://l.yimg.com/os/624/2012/12/04/DXB-1970s-g-jpg_091507.jpg
 
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Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:06 pm

What an amazing contrast to the scene in Dubai today. It certainly highlights how rapid the growth of both aviation in Dubai and Dubai as a destination has been.

Thanks for posting.
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:45 pm

Open for correction but the Gulf Air 737 would suggest pre 1985? As one of the main reasons for Emirates' creation was due to Gulf Air withdrawing its services to Dubai no?
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:49 pm

Quoting ek433 (Reply 2):
As one of the main reasons for Emirates' creation was due to Gulf Air withdrawing its services to Dubai no?

Correct. Dubai is a trading centre and so can only prosper with connectivity to the outside world. In the early 1980s, Gulf Air was more interested in expanding its long-haul network out of Bahrain and that is why Emirates c
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:45 pm

Just goes to show what a backwater Dubai was until fairly recently. Amazing how much they've built and expanded since then. No wonder the whole place seems to artificial.
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:20 pm

Quoting ek433 (Reply 2):
Open for correction but the Gulf Air 737 would suggest pre 1985?

From the cars in the parking lot, this looks like 1982-1983. There's nothing newer than 1983 in there that I can see, but this is definitely after 1980 as there are several 1980-or-newer GM B-body cars in the lot, and these were popular cars in the middle east.
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:37 pm

Quoting cargolex (Reply 5):
but this is definitely after 1980 as there are several 1980-or-newer GM B-body cars in the lot

That is some serious motoring knowledge there!  
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:46 pm

I visited to Dubai with my family in late 1989 on the EK A310 FRA-IST-DXB. I just had a look at my pics and I believe the terminal was still the same without any airbridges etc. by then. We lived at the Jebel Ali Hotel which was remote from Dubai on a lonesome beach. The southern Dubai city limits where around the world trade center tower which was the only highrise in Dubai. I also have great memories of Al Ain, AbuDhabi and Hatta - especially the Hatta Fort Hotel from these times. I went back to DXB in 2007and 2011 and I must say it has lost its magic to me.
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:28 pm

I passed through DXB on my way to the US on an AI 742 in 1983, and we were allowed to get off the plane and go into the terminal as transit passengers.......this pic certainly looks like the way it was then....we were probably parked roughly where the PK A300 is in the pic.....

What struck me then were the vast empty spaces stretching out on both sides of the terminal (way outside the area appearing in the pic).......those spaces were filled up to form the present day terminals.....even back then, a lot of that space was properly tarmacced......the terminal was small but quite neat......not too many flights on the ground and passengers in the terminal.....of course, EK didn't even exist at that time   
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:35 pm

I'm curious where concourse 3 is located in that image... It's amazing how far DXB grown since the image was taken back in the 80's...

Quoting cargolex (Reply 5):
From the cars in the parking lot, this looks like 1982-1983. There's nothing newer than 1983 in there that I can see, but this is definitely after 1980 as there are several 1980-or-newer GM B-body cars in the lot, and these were popular cars in the middle east.

You have some serious eyesight!

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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:37 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 9):
I'm curious where concourse 3 is located in that image

Concourse A is way away to the right out of frame, between the tarmac and the runway is where Terminal 2 currently is...  
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:18 am

Quoting ek433 (Reply 10):

I'll love to see a time frame image from where the image was taken to see the growth over the years...

I forgot the concourse's have been renamed A,B,C,D 

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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:34 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 11):
I forgot the concourse's have been renamed A,B,C,D

A very easy mistake, it constantly gets reported as, Terminal 4, Concourse 3 or Concourse A! It will be interesting if the new terminal facilities to the north of Terminal 2 are called Terminal 4 or just become another concourse!  
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:56 am

See this link:http://www.dubaiasitusedtobe.com/pages/galleries/oldairport.shtm

It might bring back some nostalgia among the old-timers.
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:30 am

Here's an image from a different angle...



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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:06 am

Quoting ek433 (Reply 12):
It will be interesting if the new terminal facilities to the north of Terminal 2 are called Terminal 4 or just become another concourse!

I read in one of the reports from Dubai Airport that there would be Concourses A - F, with A being the dedicated A380 Terminal, T3 concourse 1 becoming B, Terminal 1 becoming C, a new Concourse D to be built to the west of C. Terminal 2 was indicated as Concourse F with a "future facility" marked as E to the east of F.

As you say, it does get confusing with the various changes.
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Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:16 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 15):
I read in one of the reports from Dubai Airport that there would be Concourses A - F, with A being the dedicated A380 Terminal, T3 concourse 1 becoming B, Terminal 1 becoming C, a new Concourse D to be built to the west of C. Terminal 2 was indicated as Concourse F with a "future facility" marked as E to the east of F.

I believe this will answer all your questions   E has been reserved for future development...

http://i50.tinypic.com/15wntcg.jpg

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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:18 am

For comparison here is the scene in 2011, you can just see the top of the same building peeking out above and behind the massive terminal 3 entrance.


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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:29 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 16):
I believe this will answer all your questions

Thanks for that.

Seeing that and comparing it to the earlier photos really highlights the tremendous changes that have taken place.
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:23 am

These pictures show 1980s DXB in daylight, but it is important to remember that DXB rush hour was at night!

Around mid-night many Europe-Asia-Australia flights passed through the airport for crew changes and refueling. This peak was followed by another wave of Australia-Asia-Europe flights later in the night. So the busy DXB operation pictures would have been taken at night.
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:25 am

Quoting factsonly (Reply 19):
These pictures show 1980s DXB in daylight, but it is important to remember that DXB rush hour was at night!

Regardless of the photos being taken during the day the discussion was revolving around the infrastructure and how far DXB has come...

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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:51 pm

Quoting fraapproach (Reply 7):
I went back to DXB in 2007and 2011 and I must say it has lost its magic to me.

I feel the same way about Singapore. I lived in Singapore on and off between 1985 and 1990 and was able to see some of the transformation there, but it's an entirelly different country today from what I remember.

Quoting factsonly (Reply 19):
Around mid-night many Europe-Asia-Australia flights passed through the airport for crew changes and refueling.

I think the point of the topic was the infrastructure but you're right of course. I myself passed thru Dubai in the middle of the night a few times and I still have a cardboard box full of pirated copies of music casset tapes from that era which DXB duty free was notorious for selling.
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:06 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 16):
I believe this will answer all your questions

That is a great clipping makes everything a lot clearer! Thanks for sharing  
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:33 pm

whyare there no E gates?
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:43 pm

What a great photo! I remember first travelling to Dubai in 1993, and I remember looking at the airport from the car and I remember the distinctive arches.

I last visited the old airport in 1995, travelling from Kuwait to London through Dubai (the aircraft between KWI and DXB were 727s, and A300s to LHR...

I'm really glad the building hasn't been demolished.

Not sure if anyone's already mentioned, but what is that building used for now? Offices?
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:54 pm

Christ this photo makes me feel old, the photo would be pre-1980 and a few years later they began to construct the first termials concourse to the left of the picture (where the PIA aircraft stands). I recall the old buses (without air-conditioning) that would take you to the terminal (although some flights they didn't allow passengers to get off the plane during the stop), mind you you'd be soaking wet from the heat by the time you arrived at the terminal. I recall the vast empty desert around the airport and what it looks like today. A bit of a difference....

[Edited 2013-02-17 12:20:53]
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:40 pm

Quoting dhr (Reply 25):
Christ this photo makes me feel old, the photo would be pre-1980 and a few years later they began to construct the first termials concourse to the left of the picture (where the PIA aircraft stands). I recall the old buses (without air-conditioning) that would take you to the terminal (although some flights they didn't allow passengers to get off the plane during the stop), mind you you'd be soaking wet from the heat by the time you arrived at the terminal. I recall the vast empty desert around the airport and what it looks like today. A bit of a difference....


The picture posted by EK413 is pre-1980, in fact I think it's from the late 1960s.....it's interesting to note that the planes were parked with their nose pointing away from the terminal buidling back then......

The pic in the link posted by the thread opener, with the 2 PK aircrafts, is from the early to mid 80s......
 
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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:07 am

DXB airport early 1960s. Runway then was compacted sand. 4th photo was the arrival ceremony for an official visit by King Hussein of Jordan (standing immediately to the left of the flagpole).




Mid 1970s.



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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:35 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 23):
why are there no E gates?

Future development with F gates allocated to Terminal 2... E is reserved for future development...

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RE: Dubai Airport 1980s Pic

Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:40 pm

VERY interesting topic, and indeed fascinating to see how the airport has developed over time.

Interesting to see as well that the hub of one of the other ME3, Doha, in 2013 looks pretty much like Dubai in the 1980s (slightly exaggerating, but not much). Anyone happen to have pictures of Doha airport in the 1980s, 1960s, etc?