A glimpse into the past

DUBAI — When Yoshio Kawashima visited Dubai in 1962, little did he know about the value of the photographs he would click back then.


Muaz Shabandri

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Published: Sun 19 Sep 2010, 10:02 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:42 PM

Forty eight years later, the photographs have taken the shape of a book titled ‘Dubai 1962’. With never before seen photographs, the book offers a rare glimpse into the daily lives of people in Dubai during the year 1962.

Speaking at the book launch, Ibrahim Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of JAFZA said, “People from my generation can easily associate with these photos. Back then, Dubai was a very small city and most of the people in these photos can be easily identified.”

In the foreword of the book, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum says about Dubai 1962. “Of particular interest are the wonderful images of the Ruler’s majlis which show the accessibility of my brother Shaikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and his deep personal connection to the people of Dubai. Kawashima has captured an essence of Dubai which still remains and this book is a testament to skill and insight into his subject”.

Photos of the souq, old corniche and spice market are reminiscent of the bygone era as Kimi Makishima Akai, author of Dubai 1962 says, “The scenes depicted in these photographs are fascinating and the ever-lasting spirit of Dubai is captured in them.

It is a truly unique collection of black and white images of the shaikhdom 48 years ago and a tribute to the people who laid the foundation for the present day UAE.”

Yoshio Kawashima, today a retired photojournalist in Japan, visited Dubai for one week during 1962, and during this short period of time recognised the city’s uniqueness and vibrancy.

Kawashima felt such a strong connection to Dubai that he chose to hold on to the images captured during their visit and released them 48 years later as a book. Published by Motivate Publishing, Dubai 1962 is priced at Dh145 and is available at leading bookstores.


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