Sleeping in the sands

I visited the Christian cemetery in Jebel Ali last Friday. It was my Dad’s birthday and I wanted to change the plants on his grave. That done, I always walk over a couple of rows, to the grave photographed above to read about Nevil Allen, or the little that’s written about him. Consulting Engineer to the “Founder of Modern Dubai” i.e. Sheikh Rashid, Nevil Allen has certainly left an indelible mark on our great city. You can see a scaled down replica of a wave breaker on the top left of the picture.

I did a Google search to try to find out more, but no joy. Dubai’s transitional history is still to be recorded – which is what this website is all about. How cool it would be to learn about the plans which were drawn up and the conversations which took place to discuss the details for implementation, to be followed by letters to ensure there was something to refer back to if anything went wrong.

At the start of my working life, I worked for WS Atkins as a typist on site so I am somewhat familiar with the workings of the construction industry. Even in the late-1980s, it was exciting to be part of the city’s development. I worked five hours a day and got paid almost nothing, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

We’ve had some very cool things happen on the website recently which have made me very happy. I feel like it is finally as I imagined it. Now we just need you to come and buy your spot, populate your block, write your story, and LEAVE YOUR MARK!

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