Dubai Fountain Show
THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS MUSICAL FOUNTAIN
The Dubai Fountain Show is one of the brightest and most impressive fountain performances in the world. It was created by the Californian company WET, which also designed the musical fountain in front of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. The Fountain was opened on May 8, 2009, together with the opening ceremony of the Dubai Mall. The construction of the fountain began in June 2008 by Emaar company, and in less than 1 year the official opening ceremony took place.
WHAT IS THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN SHOW?
About the Fountain
The Fountain Show is an incredible performance of dancing water, lights and music. It is located in an artificial lake of 12 hectares in the Downtown, near the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The Fountain is one of the largest and tallest fountains in the world. Its length is 275 m, and the height of the jets reaches 150 meters, which is approximately equal to the height of a 50-floor building.
The technical abilities of the Fountain are really extraordinary. During each performance, it raises about 83 tons of water per second. To provide a stunning full spectrum of color, its system uses 6,600 wet lights and 25 color projects. Incredibly powerful high-pressure pumps ensure the functioning of the fountain and create spectacular shoots of water.
The musical accompaniment is chosen in such a way that it looks like the fountain is really dancing. You can hear there classical compositions as well as contemporary arabic and world’s top song. Among the musical compositions used for the show, there were such famous songs as Michael Jackson's Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's Time to Say Goodbye, Skyfall by Adele and I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.
WHAT TIME THE SHOW STARTS?
The Fountain Show timings
The evening performance runs daily from 6 pm to 11 pm every 30 minutes and lasts 5 minutes.
There are also daily performances: at 1pm and 1:30 pm.
On Fridays daily shows starts at 1:30 pm and 2pm.
WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN SHOW?
Best places to enjoy the perfomance
Waterfront Promenade is probably the most popular spot to observe the Fountain Show. Waterfront Promenade is an area, situated at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and along the Mall. It offers a great view of the whole performance. The only inconvenience is that the area may be quite crowded. It is better come 15 minutes before the show starts, take the best places and fully enjoy the spectacular performance. You can also walk along this boardwalk or have a lunch in one of the numerous restaurants that are located on it.
Souk Al Bahar area is a nice spot to observe the Show. This is a modern Arabian Souk, situated in the Downtown. At this marketplace you can buy traditional souvenirs, as well as clothes, parmums, jewels, local delicacies and much more. In Souk Al Bahar, there are also many restaurants and cafes for any taste. In addition, it is less crowded than Waterfront Promenade in front of the Mall.
The Fountain Lake Ride is an another option you can choose to enjoy the water show. Take an abra, which is is a small wooden boat, common in eastern countries and especially in the Emirates. You can take an abra boat to make a little journey around the Burj Khalifa lake and see the show even closer. Ships depart 15 minutes before the start of each show. It is recommended to arrive at the place at least 20 minutes in advance. A ticket for such a trip on a boat will cost you about 17 euros. Check abra ticket prices and reviews.
Burj Khalifa observation deck provides you unusual view of the lake and the Fountain Show. If you go up to At The Top after 6 pm, do not miss an opportunity to enjoy this spectacular view from the height of 555m. Check Burj Khalifa ticket prices and reviews.
For more luxury and exceptional experience of the Fountain perfomance watching, book a table in one of the restaurants in the Dubai Mall. Restaurants which provide the best view are: More (International cuisine),TGI Fridays, Burj Al Hamam (lebanese cuisine), italian restaurant Carluccio’s and french Madeleine. Please note, that none of the restaurants situated in Dubai Mall serves alcohol.However, restaurants at Souk Al Bahar will propose you some strong drinks. Enjoy fantastic view from Margaux, Mango Tree or The Rivington Grill restaurants with a glass of your favorite wine.
HOW MUCH DOES THE FOUNTAIN SHOW COST?
Dubai Fountain Show tickets
The good thing about the Fountain Show is that is is absolutely free.
If you decide to watch the show from the arba boat it will cost you about 70 AED (17 EUR).
To watch the show from one of the Burj Khalifa observation decks:
At the Top: the entrance on the 124th floor starts from 135 AED, what is around 33 euros.
SKY level: To reach the highest panorama view on 148th floor, it will cost you 370 AED (89 euros).
WHAT TO SEE AROUND THE FOUNTAIN?
If you are in Dubai, do not miss the opportunity to see the Fountains, as this is one of the most spectacular sights in the city. Visit the evening performance, and during the day discover the main attractions of the city.
Also, visit the Burj Khalifa, which is located right next to the fountains. This is the tallest building in the world that is definitely worth a visit.
One of the best options to discover the city is to take a Half Day City Tour. This is a tour in a comfortable minivan around the city. You will visit the main sights of Dubai and discover a lot of interesting information thanks to the comments of the professional guide.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure situated next to the the Burj Khalifa building. It has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens, 1200 shops and around 200 restaurants.It is so huge, that even if you will spend in each shop only 1 minute, you will need more than 24 hours to visit them all :)
Indeed, The Fountains are one of the best attractions of the city. Be sure to set aside time on your schedule. This is a very beautiful and spectacular performance, and, moreover, is absolutely free.