Across the country, spring break is in effect. Airports are busy with families taking a well deserved holiday. And this image could be any of us, anywhere in the world, arriving into a new country.
It’s July 30, 1963, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed, then the Ruler of Dubai, has arrived in New York aboard Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Elizabeth from England. Sheikh Rashid had arrived for a three-week tour of the United States. The camera he holds is a Nikon S3.
The visit is mentioned by Pranay Gupte in his book Dubai: The Making of a Megapolis. He writes that Sheikh Rashid was accompanied by his son, Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. During the visit, Sheikh Rashid visited the UN headquarters, Capitol Hill in Washington and even Arizona, where he viewed a desert irrigation project.
Last year, Sheikh Mohammed said the visit to New York was an inspiration behind what has made Dubai the city it is today.
* John Dennehy