The Dubai Fountain
At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Fountain is a dancing fountain situated at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai. It is the largest dancing fountain in the world and among the must-see things in Dubai.
Submerged within the 30-acre Burj Lake in front of Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain features the tallest and the most well-choreographed fountain system in the world. Built at a cost of AED. 800 million, this fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and the fountain was officially inaugurated in May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Fountain can spray 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of water in the air at any moment. More than 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors have been installed. It consists of five circles of different sizes and two arcs of jets. The Dubai Fountains project water in the air in many different combinations and patterns. The beam of light from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away. This 275 m long fountain consists of many high-pressure water jets and shoots water up to 500 feet into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.
The combination of the nightlife with the rhythmic dance of the water in the fountain adds to the marvelous experience altogether. Forming beautiful arcs and jumping to the beats, the Dubai Fountain set against the shimmering Burj Khalifa holds performances of around 5 minutes each. The 272 m boardwalk around the Burj Lake is a place where visitors come to spend the evenings sometimes just for a stroll or to wait for the Dubai Fountain show. The floating platform gives visitors one of the best views of the show where they can get as close as 9m to the fountain. One can also take a closer look at the fountain by booking a wooden abra (a traditional Arabian boat) cruise that sails every day between 5.45 PM and 11 PM. The Dubai Fountain offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for its visitors completely free.
Saturday - Thursday: 1 PM, 1.30 PM & 6 PM - 11 PM every 30 minutes
Friday: 1.30 PM, 2 PM & 6 PM - 11 PM every 30 minutes
Entry: Free, AED. 75 Abra Ride