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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Timeframe: Crossing the border, 1960s style

A building along the Abu Dhabi border in 1965 shows a stark contrast to today's busy customs posts

An Abu Dhabi border post manned by members of the army, July 1965. (Photo by Mirrorpix / Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
An Abu Dhabi border post manned by members of the army, July 1965. (Photo by Mirrorpix / Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

It was reported earlier this week that 230,000 trips had been made between Dubai and Oman this past Eid Al Adha, with tourists enjoying holiday breaks across both sides of the border. Dubai Customs said it had 1,400 employees working around the clock during the holiday period to deal with the rush.

In contrast, what you see here is a scene at an Abu Dhabi border 53 years ago, in July 1965: a small building with a traditional barjeel – or wind tower – a lone Land Rover, the Abu Dhabi flag flying overhead and probably only a handful of military members manning the post.

Granted, it wasn’t a busy holiday weekend that July, and the exact location remains unclear, but it must have been a desolate posting – though one taken out of a deep sense of duty and pride, as the emirate began to transform and develop. A year later, Sheikh Zayed would become the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

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