Dubai, like a jewel shimmering in the middle of the desert. The city has made its mark as the global city for business and pleasure. It is the destination that allows you to enjoy the sand and surf of its pristine beaches and just a stone’s throw away indulge in the city’s limelight and vibrant city life. Dubai is a financial and global business powerhouse as well as a major hub for global commerce and trade in the region. The Emirate of Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and is a major player in the economy of the region.
The city offers a dazzling selection of world-class destinations that attract tourists and travelers from around the globe. The global city has an itinerary full of fun and adventure from its world-class record-breaking amusement parks, ultra-luxury shopping malls, beautiful parks, pristine beaches, a large array of museums, and other attractions like desert trekking and safari.
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The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai fountain isn’t just your ordinary wishing fountain it is, in fact, the world’s largest fountain and the world’s largest choreographed fountain. It has the potential to rival, in terms of popularity, one of the world’s most iconic fountain, the Fontana Di Trevi in Rome.
History of the Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain occupies more than 12 hectares of a man-made lake that sits in front of another iconic and world-class building, the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai fountain is illuminated by over 6600 lights and 50 colored projectors. The fountain itself is over 275 meters long and costs at around 218 000 000 USD. The Dubai Fountain was designed by a world-class California-based WET Design company that has an amazing portfolio of other popular fountains like the Bellagio Hotel Fountain in Las Vegas.
The fountain has over 6,600 WET Superlights that is able to project light that can be visible from over 20 miles away. The Dubai Fountain can project water in amazing and beautiful patterns in different combinations. The fountain can produce a combined 1,5 million lumens of light and is able to spray a jet of water up to 500 feet in the air. During the show up to 22,000 gallons of water are airborne throughout the performance.
Dubai Fountain Test Run
The Dubai Fountain was first conceptualized in early 2008 by Emaar Properties, a real estate development company also responsible for developing the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The testing of the Dubai Fountain Dance started on February 2009. The Dubai Fountain was officially inaugurated on May 9, 2009, together with the opening of the Dubai Mall and since then the Dubai Fountain Show has attracted thousands of visitors from around the globe. The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk can easily be accessible from the Dubai Mall making a great place to visit and spend the whole afternoon shopping and relax in the evening to watch the Dubai Fountain Dance.
Dubai Fountain Music
Together with the breathtaking display of the water and lights, the show is also accompanied by the beautiful Dubai Fountain Music. Dancing Water, the shimmering lights, and the beautiful music come together to create a spectacle that can draw crowds from all over the world.
The Dubai Fountain music and its performance have a Dubai Fountain song list but it can vary by season according to the theme of the month. The Dubai Fountain also showcases special limited-edition performances to commemorate special events and holidays. The artists and performers of the Dubai Fountain can be coming from anywhere around the globe like top hits from the United States or even from the Republic of Korea. The Dubai Fountain Song list of 2019 are generally songs that have topped in the global charts.
Popular songs from the Dubai Fountain include Skyfall from Adele, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Hero by Enrique Iglesias, I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, Perfect by Ed Sheeran, I’ll Never Love Again by Lady Gaga. Other titles also include Power from EXO a popular Korean K-pop band.
The Fountain also showcases classical songs and compositions like the Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin. The Dubai Fountain also plays popular Arabic songs like the Shik Shak Shok, Bassbir Al Fargakom, Enta Omri, Lana Allah, and many more. Popular songs from other countries like the signature piece from Andrea Bocelli Con te Partiro ( Time to Say Goodbye) is also featured in the Dubai Fountain.
The diversity of the songs played in the Dubai Fountain represents Dubai’s drive to become a Global city that strives to welcome everyone no matter the cultural background.
Dubai Fountain Timings
The shows are performed daily but The Dubai Fountain Timings can vary depending on the day of the week so it is important to plan ahead so you can schedule your shopping, and dining all in one place, the Dubai Mall. Shows in the evening are generally beautiful and more comfortable compared to the shows just after noon time.
The performance of the Dubai Fountain is held daily and each performance can last up to 5 minutes. On average the fountain can perform up to 13 shows daily so visitors can enjoy their shopping and dining and still have time to view the fountain. The Dubai mall is so big that even though the Dubai Fountain is just right beside the Mall it can take up to 15 minutes walk just to reach the fountain and so if the show is starting and you are still inside, don’t worry because shows are spaced 30 minutes apart in the evening so you’ll be in time for the next one.
Dubai mall Schedule
Saturdays – Thursday 1 PM and 1:30 PM
Friday 1:30 PM and 2 PM
The Evening Show starts at 6 PM until 11 PM with every show every 30 minutes.
Shows are free to watch and the best views are from the Waterfront Promenade and the surrounding restaurants and buildings. The Dubai Fountain is a world-class attraction so expect crowds to form minutes before the start of the show. For those who want to pay for a better view a newly built viewing platform is available and can cost AED 20 per person.
Dubai Fountain Restaurant
Another great day to spend the evening after a full day of shopping is to dine in the restaurants just in front of the Dubai Fountain. There are a number of restaurants and cafes that offer great views of the Dubai Fountain, but you need to book early to get the best seats and tables.
The Dubai Fountain restaurants in the Dubai Mall like the Madeline, Burj Al Hamam, Joe’s Cafe, and TGI Fridays all offer great views of the fountain especially in the evening where the water jets, light shows, and musical performance can be leisurely enjoyed while dining.
Cafe’s and Restuarant directly facing the Dubai Fountain in the Souk Al Bahar also offers fantastic views of the Dubai Fountain like the Margaux Mango Tree, Bice Mare, and Rivington Grill.
The tables in these restaurants are highly sought after because of their fantastic views of the Dubai fountain so it is advisable to book early.
Other Things to Do Near the Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Mall is a great hub for activities, shopping, and dining for everyone in the family. There are a lot of other world-class attractions located very near the Dubai Fountain like the Souk Al Bahar and the Burj Khalifa.
The entire family can enjoy attractions like the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located in the Dubai Mall or kids can play to their heart’s content in KidZania. Theme parks like the Sega Republic are also one of the popular indoor theme parks in Dubai. For those who love to skate, an indoor Skating Rink is just a stone’s throw away from the Dubai Fountain.