Dubai Time Travel | How Dubai was in 1960’s? |  TFC

Dubai Time Travel | How Dubai was in 1960’s? | TFC


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and now let’s begin with our video. Hello and welcome to TFC, I am Navin. After watching too many Dubai tourism videos,
this time lets travel to Dubai. We will pack our bags, catch a flight and
land at the lively, Dubai International Airport. We have now reached Dubai, here in the middle
of the desert, we will find the biggest malls, tallest man-made structures, an indoor ski
resort and even man-made islands. Seeing this grandeur, it will be hard for
anyone to imagine how Dubai was in the past. So this time let’s do something different,
let’s go back in time and witness Dubai’s Time Travel. We are now in the year 1960, and Dubai is
unrecognizable. It is just a small fishing village and trading
port, with a population of only 34,000. In 2019 Dubai’s population has grown to over
3 Million. Now let’s take a closer look. Dubai is famous for skyscrapers, but in the
sixties the tallest building of Dubai was the 75ft tall Al Fahidi Fort, 36 times smaller
than Burj Khalifa. Until 1961 Dubai had no electricity. Even the royal house of the sheikh, had neither
electricity nor running water. In 1961 Dubai got its first power plant, 79
years after New York City. The launch of the new iPhone saw long queues
of customers all over Dubai. But it wasn’t until 1961 that Dubai got its
first telephone exchange, 79 years after India’s first telephone exchange. Dubai is packed with cars, there are 540 vehicles
per 1,000 people, which is higher than New York and London. But in the sixties the cars were hard to find,
the main mode of transport was Camels and even Donkeys, which were used for transporting
water. In 1966 nearby Abu Dhabi too had only 30 cars. While, Dubai had a left-hand driving rule
like UK & India, which was later changed to right-hand drive. Dubai’s currency is UAE Dirham. But in the sixties lets not try and buy something
using it, as, until 1966, Dubai’s official currency was the Indian currency called the
Gulf Rupee. A special currency issued by Reserve Bank
of India, for the Gulf countries. UAE Dirham was released in 1973. In the sixties United Arab Emirates as a country,
did not exist. In fact, in 1947, the two biggest provinces
of UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi had a border dispute and even a war broke out between them. That lead to British creating a buffer zone
between them. UAE was only established in 1971. The airport where we had landed earlier, handles
a whopping 88 million passengers every year. But in 1960, Dubai’s first international airport
was located in the middle of the desert. The runway was made of compacted sand, while
the airport itself handled only 10,000 passengers in the whole year. In the sixties, the arrival of electricity
saw compact cinemas cropping up all over Dubai. Movies shown in the cinemas were usually from
India, Egypt or Lebanon. Hollywood movies were rare. In the late 1960’s Dubai got its first air-conditioned
cinema, Deira cinema. About thirty years after Asia’s first air-conditioned
cinema, Regal Cinema in Mumbai. Dubai is famous for gold shopping, the same
was also true in the sixties. Infact in 1966, more gold was shipped from
London to Dubai than almost anywhere in the world. At that time the price of gold in Dubai was
$35 an ounce, but in India, where gold import was illegal, gold was priced at $70 an ounce. This massive price gap led to the infamous
smuggling route, when gold was smuggled from Dubai to India via small boats. After exploring oil for 29 years, finally
in 1966 oil was discovered in Dubai. And soon many international oil companies
started moving to Dubai. The oil discovery also brought an influx of
workers, mostly from the Indian subcontinent. In just 10 years after the discovery, Dubai’s
population more than tripled. Finally, as we have reached the end, lets
take a look at what caused Dubai’s incredible transformation. “If you build it, they will come”
This line from a famous movie, summarise Dubai’s transformation. In 1970’s Dubai used the oil money to build
the largest man-made harbour, Jebel Ali Port and Dubai World Trade Centre, which saw people
& businesses migrating towards Dubai and thus began the journey of Dubai’s transformation
to become one of the world’s biggest tourism and services hub. Who knows in the future, which another city
will witness such a drastic transformation. To end it, all I can say, this was Dubai’s
Time Travel.

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