It was all over in a matter of 10 seconds. But after the dust cleared from the record-breaking demolition of Mina Plaza, and shops reopened across the port in Abu Dhabi, workers began to clear away the rubble to make way for the new development.
On Friday, Modon Properties, the company behind the demolition and development project in Mina Zayed, said 6,000 kilograms of explosives and 18,000 individually programmed detonators were used to bring down the three towers.
Roads were sealed off well in advance of the 8am detonation and shops were closed to ensure the area was evacuated of any people for the controlled explosions.
By Friday evening, traders were allowed to reopen their shops and, the following day, workers were seen clearing the rubble.
Work to regenerate the area will be carried out in phases, starting with the fish market, which is due for completion late next year.
“The structure is up and we started sealing the building of the façade; the next market most likely to move is the plant,” said Bill O'Regan, acting chief executive of Modon Properties.
He said the new development would also include a new plant, furnishing, fruit and vegetable markets to replace the existing ones.
Other markets could also be added, such as antiques, spices, and seasonal local produce.
“So it will become a destination where people can spend their day; you will come for fruits and veggies, but stay for hours,” he said.