The Dubai Fountain is a choreographed fountain system located on the 12 hectares (30 acres) artificial Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
WET Design was responsible for the project, a California-based company also responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas.
Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long. It shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.
It was built at the cost of AED 800 million (USD $218 million).
The name of the fountain was chosen after a contest organized by the developer Emaar Properties, the result of which was announced on 26 October 2008.
Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and the fountain was officially inaugurated on 8 May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall.
Dubai Fountain Mechanism
The Dubai Fountain can spray 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of water in the air at any moment.
The projectors and more than 6,600 lights have been installed.
The fountain contains five circles of different sizes and two arcs.
During the end of 2010, a new element was added to the fountain, fire, which outlined the fountains.
The fire was temporary for the 2011 New Years’ celebration.
In Dubai Fountains, water is projected in various patterns and combinations in the air.
The beam of light from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away.
The Dubai Fountain consists of many high-pressure water jets created by WET, including Shooters, Oarsmen, and water robots.
The water robots make the water seem to dance while the WET Shooters shoot water upwards; Super Shooters, which shoot water under more pressure up to 73 m (240 feet) in the air; and Extreme shooters, which can shoot water under the most pressure to 500 ft (152.4 m) in the air.
A loud “boom” is created when water is ejected from these WET Shooters.
The Extreme Shooters are used the least during each show because it takes a lot of time to build up enough pressure and energy to shoot high water in the air.
Dubai Fountain Performances
Performances set to music and light accompany the fountain.
It is visible from every point on the lake promenade and many neighboring structures.
Performances occur at 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm and every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, and from 6 pm to 11 pm on weekends (weekends being Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).
DHL Express premiered an advertising campaign at The Dubai Fountain on 20 October 2011. It was choreographed to a specially reworked version of the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and was repeated for about a month.
The fountain’s performances are accompanied by music played through speakers around the lake, although sometimes the fountains are operated without music for testing purposes.
Dubai Fountain Usage
In March 2016, the fountains and the mall were part of the Expo 2020 logo launch attended by managing director Reem Al Hashimy and prime minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
After the event, the fountains danced to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”