Considering this is Dubai, I was surprised at how few people were in attendance, but then it is rare events like this are advertised. I was not disappointed and while most of Dubai watched the event on the TV, I along with a few hundred others got to experience it first hand.
I've been documenting the build, through photographs, since our arrival in Dubai in December 2014 and I'm slowly putting everything together in a time lapse blog post.
There was music, parades and entertainment that ended in a firework display, hence why the road was closed for an hour.
I took many photo's that evening, met some lovely people and ended up back at the house of 2 random strangers for a drink after they offered to let me use their loo.
My next project is to start taking photo's of the world's tallest structure that is being built in Dubai Creek.