general info HISTORY OF DUBAI
History of Dubai
Updated on 25 May 2017

In 1833, Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti moved the Bani Yas tribal family into Dubai. Sheikh Maktoum subsequently became the founder of the Al Maktoum family who still rule the Emirate to this day.

In 1892 H.H. Sheikh Maktoum launched a formal trading agreement with the British government, establishing a full tax exemption to all foreign traders. As a result of being duty free, the re-export business (whereby cheap goods could be imported into a duty free port and immediately exported to another market) accelerated.

In 1912, H.H. Sheikh Rashid (often referred to as the father of Dubai) was born. He was the first ruler to visualise the trade potential that Dubai had to offer and ordered the development of Port Rashid to handle shipping imports and re-exports, and further develop the shipping trade, most notably in gold. This commercial enterprise continued, which prompted Sheikh Rashid to order the dredging of Jebel Ali Port, now the largest deep-water port in the world.

Sheikh Rashid had a special relationship with the British and was said to enjoy a close friendship with Queen Elizabeth II. His sons all completed their education at Sandhurst and it is perhaps not surprising that the affable relationship between the two countries still continues.

H.H. Sheikh Rashid died in 1990, passing the mantle to his son, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum who himself sadly passed away in January 2006 thus passing the title to the current ruler, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed.

As Dubai continues on its vigorous development, there is no doubt that H.H. Sheikh Mohammed will forge ahead with plans to make Dubai one of the most modern cities in the world.

Share this page!
COMMENTS
MORE ON general info

Now is the time to set new goals for the year, and if weight loss is one of them, you should know that abs are made in the kitchen. Diet plays a crucial role in your weight loss journey.

A food intolerance, or a food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhoea.

The world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is set to return with its spectacular New Year’s Eve show tonight. Fireworks combined with a light show will start at 11.57pm and last for eight minutes. Revellers who are heading to Downtown to experience

Postal services in the UAE have spanned over a century, connecting near and far. Marking the occasion, Emirates Post has issued a series of commemorative stamps to celebrate 110 years of postal services in the country. The first postal agency was

The first public holiday of the year will be on 1 January. As per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, both public and private sector workers will be given Wednesday 1 January off, with work resuming on Thursday 2 January. 

Get ready to let Robbie Williams entertain you as the British pop star is coming to Dubai for a live solo performance at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah on 24 January 2020. The ‘Angels’, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and ‘Rock DJ' hit maker will perform live as

This New Year’s Eve, ditch your cars and take up public transport to enjoy the celebrations without having to be worry about driving back home, and on 1 January, Roads Transport Authority (RTA) has announces that parking is to be free.

If you are into star spotting, then keep your eyes open as there is a very good chance that you might see an international celebrity here in Dubai. The list of celebrities currenly visiting Dubai includes international football star Cristiano

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) opened the Al Qudra-Lehbab Road interchange on Saturday, 29 December. The newly constructed flyover will improve the traffic flow on both Al Qudra and Lehbab Road. Lehbab Road goes to Expo Road, JAFZA, Abu

New global research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found that nearly 33% of UAE students are bullied on a daily basis and 31% of students are bullied at least a few times a month. These figures are eight

First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  ... Next Last 
FEATURED
A 'must do' when in Dubai.
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over
Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied
Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common
Take a magic carpet ride across rolling red sand dunes, with an amazing bird's eye view of the untouched desert below.
HAPPENINGS
Even with an extra day, February is the shortest month of the year, but it doesn't mean it is short on things to do. This month there are things for book lovers, sports enthusiasts, music fans, foodies and those that love to laugh.
After an action packed weekend of fun and activities, you could be forgiven for wanting to take it easy this week. But don't! You will only miss out on a whole load of great things happening in Dubai over the next few days, and there is something for
Get ready for a great weekend with music, comedy, art and sport all happening around this great city. Go with friends and family to watch international golf stars in action, enjoy the sounds of live jazz as the band from one of the world's most
This weekend, venture outside at your peril and beware of things that go bump in the night. It's a spooky weekend, where ghosts and ghouls come out to scare us for Halloween, and if that is your thing then there are lots of ways you can mix and
Top things to do in Dubailand, Motor City, Sport City and Green Community
Top things to do in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Emirates Living, Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Top things to do in Al Barsha, Barsha Heights and Al Quoz
Top things to do in Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Business Bay, Al Meydan and Dubai Design District
Top things to do in Jumeirah 1,2,3, Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, Palm Jumeirah
Top things to do in Sheikh Zayed Road, 2nd of December Street and Al Satwa
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
Dubai stands in line with cities like Paris, Milan, London and New York, so you can never be bored of this city. There are a million of things to see, try, and taste!
And you won't be disappointed.
Your little ones will thank you.
INSTAGRAM
FOLLOW
Discover Dubai
Stay Connected - Drop us your email.