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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Timeframe: Winter storm surges of the 1960s

50 years ago cargo had to be unloaded out at sea and then brought ashore

Abu Dhabi town 1962/64 On the sea front near the quay. Recently unloaded cargo caught by a Winter storm and high tide, when the sea 'surged' inshore. NOT TO BE USED UNLESS PERMISSION IS SOUGHT FROM DAVID RILEY
Abu Dhabi town 1962/64 On the sea front near the quay. Recently unloaded cargo caught by a Winter storm and high tide, when the sea 'surged' inshore. NOT TO BE USED UNLESS PERMISSION IS SOUGHT FROM DAVID RILEY

It’s a week that has witnessed heavy downpours across the country. So torrential was the rain it led to flash floods in Fujairah, forcing dozens from their homes. The temperature has also dropped over the past few weeks: people are wrapping up in coats and even scarves. Travel back in time to Abu Dhabi of the early 1960s and it’s a similar story. This photograph was taken around 1963 by David Riley, a English expatriate who was working here for the British Bank of the Middle East (now HSBC). It shows a winter storm surge catching recently unloaded cargo during high tide near what is now the Corniche. Back in the 1960s, cargo had to be unloaded out at sea and then brought ashore in smaller vessels. Mina Zayed was officially opened in 1972, and this way of life ended.

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