Looking Back – An illustrated Anecdotal Journey – Sunday 10th February at 7.30pm

Michael and Renée Hamilton-Clark

We arrived in Dubai in August 1965. Michael had come on an 18-month contract to be the site engineer on the initial Dubai-Sharjah Road. In fact we stayed on until May 1971, and our two boys were born here in 1966 and 1969 at the old Maktoum Hospital. Whilst Michael continued mainly with roadworks in Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al Qawain, Renée  joined the newly-opened  English Speaking School teaching French and Kindergarten. In 1969 she joined  the American Community School that was then just getting started, multi-tasking as secretary to the Principal, French teacher for grades 3-6 and helping to set up and run the school library. By the time we left, the winds of change had definitely started to blow and H.H. Sheikh Rashid’s vision was taking shape – oil was being exported, the World Trade Centre building was already an icon, port expansion was under way and the new airport terminal had been completed.  With our eldest son working here since 1997, we have been able to visit regularly, thus continuing our acquaintance with a corner of the World we have appreciated and loved right from the start. It is said that once you have had the sands of Arabia between your toes, you continue to feel them forever……….

Michael and Renée Hamilton-Clark take you on an illustrated anecdotal journey through the early days of Dubai’s development. Hosted at the Majlis Gallery on Sunday 10th of February from 7.30 pm





























The full collection of photographs is available for viewing at The Majlis Gallery.

or    Dubai 2013 Fold-out

Prints are available to order in three sizes. There is a minimum order value of 160 AED.

400 x 600 mm – 310 AED

300 x 450 mm – 165 AED

130 x 180 mm – 40 AED


A Selection of photographs from this collection:

1965 –  Bedus at Well.

1965 – Aerial of Aproach  30 Runway Dubai.

1966 – Start of D-S Road – Clock Tower on horizon.

1970- Holy Trinity Church soon after completion.

1970-  From Carlton roof towards Creek entrance.



2-1965-11 Bedus at Well  5x7 at 300dpi 9-1965-12 Aerial of Aproach  30 Runway Dubai  5x7 at 300dpi 10-1966-1 Start of D-S Road - Clock Tower on horizon  5x7 at 300dpi 32-1970-2 Holy Trinity Church soon after completion 5x7 at 300dpi 37-1970-7 From Carlton roof towards Creek entrance 5x7 at 300dpi