Wednesday November 9 was momentous for many reasons, but right here in the UAE it will long be remembered as the night the Dubai Water Canal was officially launched.
And is custom in this part of the world, the event was spectacular. From the laser show that illuminated all six crossings, the the fireworks display that erupted on both sides of the Safa Park part of the new 3.2km waterway, it was typically Dubai, typically brilliant.
While the Roads And Transport Authority and Dubai Media Office provided up close images from on board the first official boat to take the stretch of water from the Arabian Gulf to the previous end point of Dubai Creek at Business Bay, our photographers took a vantage point high above. From Boa Lounge at W Dubai we captured the whole event, the best of which can be seen above in the gallery, and below.
Our vantage point gave us front row seats to the fireworks display, which led to the shutting of Sheikh Zayed Road in both directions around 7.30pm, while the 32nd floor terrace also offered uninterrupted views all the way down to the sea.
Now before you sit back, relax and enjoy the best pictures and video from the event, here's some important facts and figures about the new and improved Dubai Water Canal.
Cost: Dh2.7 billion (an additional one billion has been spent improving the waterway from Ras Al Khor to Business Bay)
Length: 3.2km, from JW Marriott Marquis to the Arabian Gulf
Width: From 80 metres to 120m
Depth: Up to 6m
Volume: 3million cubic metres of sand, 1.8m cubic metres of water
Amount of water taxis: Five from SZR to Arabian Gulf, four in Business Bay
Time Out photographers: Patrick Littlejohn, Rajesh Raghev, Shitika Anand
Our live video of the event, taken from BOA Lounge at W Dubai
On board the launch party boat
SOME OF OWN SNAPS OF THE FIRST BOAT
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