General issues: British protectorate 1963-1971, United Arab Emirates 1971-1972
Country name on general issues: Dubai
Currency: 1 Rupee = 100 Naye Paise 1963-1966, 1 Riyal = 100 Dirham 1966-1972
Population: 70 000 in 1970
Political history Dubai
Dubai is an emirate located on the Arabian Peninsula in western Asia. At the start of the 19th century, Dubai is part of the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi. Dubai becomes an independent emirate in 1833. At that time, Dubai is already in the British sphere of influence and, in 1892, Dubai becomes a British protectorate, as several other emirates in the region have become. Together these are called the Trucial States. Great Britain, in 1971, ends the treaties of protection with the emirates. Dubai being once more an independent emirate, it forms, together with six other emirates in the region, the federation of the United Arab Emirates in the same year. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates until today. Dubai develops rapidly when oil is found in the 1960’s. More recently, Dubai has diversified its economy into financial services, trade and tourism. Dubai houses the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, rising to 829 meters. Part of Dubai is the exclave of Hatta.
Postal history Dubai
The first post office in Dubai is opened in 1909 as part of the British Indian postal service, the stamps of British India being used. After the independence of British India, the postal service in Dubai becomes part of that of Pakistan, between 1947 and 1948, using Pakistani stamps. In 1948, the postal services are taken over by the British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia. These Agencies provide postal services for several countries in the region. British stamps with an overprint in the local currency are initially used. As of 1961, the Agencies issue stamps inscribed Trucial States for use in the emirates that go by that name. Mail from other Trucial States is processed through the post office in Dubai until, in the course of the 1960’s, the other emirates have set up postal services of their own. The postal service in Dubai is, in 1963, taken over by Dubai itself. Stamps are issued until 1972, the stamps of Dubai being superseded by the first issues of the United Arab Emirates in 1973.