Al Furdha exhibition, a documentation of Dubai Customs journey

Published December 7th, 2009 - 11:15 GMT

Dubai Customs held Al Furdha exhibition at the Mall of the Emirates from December 2nd- 4th, 2009 inline with the Department’s celebrations of the UAE 38th National Day. Visitors were able to learn about the development phases Dubai went through during the past century.

There were 60 rare photos at the exhibition, some of which included photos of  Dubai Rulers and the old Customs building at Dubai Creek. Other photos demonstrated development aspects of Dubai Creek during and after the  excavations and expansions.

Inspired by Customs’ old name, the exhibition’s title; Al Furdha, is the Arabic term for main port or harbor of the city. The exhibition tells in photos the story of Dubai Customs’ journey since its inception over a hundred years ago. Being the first government department in the city, Dubai Customs has become known as the “Mother of all Departments”.

The exhibition also included photos for Al Abra; a small ferry used to carry people across the banks of the Creek. There was also a photo for the late Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, who was the Ruler of Dubai from 1912-1958, along with a number of the UAE dignitaries. Moreover, a photo for the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum while he was in his office at Al Furdha building was displayed beside a variety of photos of Al Furdha building at the Creek.

Other photos showcased old methods of handling goods such as loading and unloading using the cranes, ships heading towards Al Furdha, goods compiled on the pavement and many more.

Mr. Butti Abdulla Al Jumairi, Executive Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration Division at Dubai Customs stated that the Department aimed to introduce Dubai history and its phases of development to the new generation especially the youth through this exhibition. He added that the exhibition also sheds light on Dubai Customs and its historical background as some of these photos date back to 1894.

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