All you need to know about visiting the iconic Dubai Fountain
Words by Ankita Bhowmick in Neighbourhoods · Jul 28th, 2019
The tallest performing fountain in the world, The Dubai Fountain is set on a 30-acre manmade lake. Part of the vibrant community of Downtown Dubai, the fountain is over 900 ft in length, that is equivalent to two football pitches. It offers a unique design that showcases five circles of varying sizes and two arcs and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water up to impressive heights.
The fountain makes use of over 6,600 WET Superlights and 25 colour projectors that create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 different water expressions. 50 colour projectors provide a full spectrum of colour with a total output of 1.5 million lumens. While operating, the fountain has over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment.
Performances of The Dubai Fountain take place every day that last upto 5 minutes and leave the spectators mesmerised. Shows take place every half an hour during the evenings, that begin at 6.00pm and goes upto 11.00pm. Visitors can also enjoy two performances during the daytime at 1.00pm and 1.30pm and at 1.00pm and 2.00pm on Fridays. The shows can be witnessed absolutely free of cost from various locations around Downtown Dubai. However, the most popular spots where people can be seen flocking are the waterfront promenade outside Dubai Mall and the walkway around Souq Al Bahr.
The fountain performs to a selection of different melodies, and a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. They include Thriller by Michael Jackson, I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, Skyfall by Adele, All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie, Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin, The Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein and Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.
Visitors looking for an enhanced and up-close experience of the fountain can go for The Dubai Fountain Boat Ride, where they can sail on a traditional abra during the water shows.
Also on feature is the brand new Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, that lets the visitors get very close to the fountain. They can take a stroll from the Burj Park or Fountain promenade down the 272-metre boardwalk, and enjoy the fountain from only 9-metres away.