Tourist attractions in Dubai, both historical and modern, definitely do not fail to impress. Indeed, many man-made and engineering marvels can be found here, famous skyscrapers (including the world’s tallest tower, the BurjKhalifa), a throng of artificial islands, aquariums, and many others. The world renowned BurjKhalifa, which holds a number of world records, is a part of a large flagship, mixed-used development project, Downtown Dubai. Near this structure is a man-made lake that bears the same name and the location of a very important landmark, the Dubai Fountain.
The Dubai Fountain, the centerpiece of Downtown Dubai, sits on the 30 acre lake and holds the distinction of being the largest choreographed fountain system and the tallest at that. This record was previously held by that of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, which is now dwarfed by the Dubai Fountain by 25%. The two fountains were designed by a California based company, WET Design. The cost of building this awe-striking structure does not come cheap at USD 218 million. However, this attraction is definitely worth the money.
It is 275 meters long and has five nozzles of varying sizes set around two central arcs. At any moment, the fountain can shoot up 83,000 liters of water in the air as high as 500 feet. It projects many different combinations and patterns which is a sight to behold and has enthralled many a thousand tourists. Adding to the spectacle and drama are the 6,600 lights that illuminate it and 25 color projectors. As a matter of fact, the light that emanates from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles from the ground or horizontally, if the line of sight is not obstructed.
Thousands of tourists and locals alike, flock to this site everyday to witness animated fountain performances that are choreographed to light and music. These choreographed displays can be seen at these times:
- 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm on weekdays,
- 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 30 minute intervals on weekdays and,
- 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at 30 minute intervals on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
There is a wide range of music used for the performances as can be seen from the following list of the usual repertoire:
- Sama Dubai (generally played on the first show)
- Baba Yetu
- Inshed An Aldar (Ask About Home)
- Con te partirò (Time to Say Goodbye)
- Dhom Thana
- Waves (Amvaj)
- I Will Always Love You
- All Night Long (All Night)
- The Magnificent Seven
- Ishtar Poetry
- Mon Amour
- O MioBabbinoCaro
- The Prayer
- Flying Drum
- Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto
- IshyBilady, The UAE National Anthem
The Dubai Fountain offers a magical and breathtaking experience without putting a dent on your pocket as the performances are absolutely free. And one tip, watching from the mall side gives the best angle.