Arno A. Evers was working 1967-1968 as Service Engineer for the British company: Decca Navigator Limited at the Arabian Gulf. Here he was engaged to maintain Decca Navigator's transmitting stations in Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, who served as navigational aids for seismographic survey to find oil in the Arabic Gulf region. Arno was also servicing and repairing Decca Radar equipment on oil vessels of all sizes.
Here you find an explanation of the situation at that time by Zaki Anwar Nusseibah, the deputy chairman of the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority:
"Abu Dhabi in the Sixties was a very small village by the sea, with the Al Husen Fort and a few buildings around it in a deserted area. The old souq was behind the banks on the Corniche, but the Corniche was not there of course. There were no roads, no electricity, no water supplies; people lived in small camps around the industrial area, which is now the Tourist Club Area. Those were the early days when Sheikh Zayed was ruler and then president. The first few years saw the establishment of the infrastructure of the country, the building of roads, harbours, airports, houses, schools, and hospitals. Despite all of the changes, many things are still with us. The Emirates have always been welcoming to the international community. Nationals have always travelled the seas, either for pearling or for trading. The characteristics that make the tribes of the UAE special, like the emphasis on family life and the respect for elders, are also still there, although in a different way. Sheikh Zayed always said, 'God created this world so people could develop it and people could live in prosperity and understanding together.' Today we are living a new era, which is taking Abu Dhabi into a new level of development."
That is, how Abu Dhabi looks like today in 2007
Arno A. Evers was working 1967-1968 as Service Engineer for the British company: Decca Navigator Limited at the Arabian Gulf. Here he was engaged to maintain Decca Navigator's transmitting stations, who severed as navigational aids for seismographic survey to find oil in the Arabic Gulf region.
Abu Dhabi 1968 Corniche Area facing fountain in the shape of a volcano
Abu Dhabi 1967 Corniche. Area between clock tower and fountain in the shape of a volcano
This Photo shows the beach situation, as it was in 1968 in Abu Dhabi, the Decca Navigator transmittig station was at the far right side of the picture on the former beach. Now at this place is the location of the new Emirate Palace Hotel, near the Hilton Hotel, which itself was built in 1973.
This was the Abu Dhabi Hilton Hotel in 1973, now it is in the middle of the town, surrounded by skyscrapers.