A trip to Dubai would not be complete without a visit to the Dubai Fountain, which happens to be the largest performing fountain in the world! Indeed, watching this dancing fountain is a breathtaking experience!
Situated in the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake in Downtown Dubai, the fountain is directly adjacent to the Dubai Mall and right next to the magnificent Burj Khalifa. In the evenings, the fountain’s captivating light show is FREE to watch! Keep on reading to learn more about the Dubai Fountain Show!
The Dubai Fountain
In case you were wondering, the Dubai Fountain was designed by WET Design, which is based in California. Sounds familiar? Well, this is the same company that created the world-famous fountains at Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas!
The Dubai Fountain was constructed at a cost of AED 800 million, or around USD 218 million. As for the name, “Dubai Fountain” was chosen after a competition held by developer Emaar Properties. The fountain was “tested” in February 2009. Finally, in May 8, 2009 — the Dubai Fountain was officially inaugurated, together with the official opening ceremony of the Dubai Mall.
Dubai Fountain Show
As mentioned earlier, the Dubai Fountain is located on the Burj Khalifa Lake, right beside the Dubai Mall. Spanning an area equal to two football pitches, the fountain shoots up to 22,000 gallons of water at any given moment!
The fountain itself has a unique design — five circles of different sizes, and two arcs that are equipped with powerful water nozzles. With 6,600 lights, 50 coloured projectors, and water shooting up to 152.4 metres high… the Dubai Fountain Show is a splendid sight!
Of course, the fountain’s nightly light and water show would not be complete without music… So read on!
Dubai Fountain Songs
Over the years, the Dubai Fountain Show has performed to a wide variety of music — traditional Arabic, classical music, pop songs, K-pop, opera… the list goes on!
For the record, though, here’s a list of songs/music that have served as the background audio to the Dubai Fountain Show:
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” remix by Paul Epworth
- “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie
- “Hero” Spanish version by Enrique Iglesias
- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
- “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Piaf
- “Mission Impossible” remix by The Lounge Crew
- “Power” by K-pop band EXO
- “Skyfall” by Adele
- “The Magnificent Seven” theme
- “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
- “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
- “UAE National Anthem”
Dubai Fountain Show Timings
What time does the Dubai Fountain Show take place? It happens every evening, starting at 6:00 pm up to 11:00 pm, every 30 minutes. So even if you arrive at eight or nine o’clock evening, don’t worry because you still have a chance to catch the beautiful show!
Tickets and Prices
As mentioned earlier, the Dubai Fountain Show is FREE to watch from anywhere around the mall. However, if you really want to catch the show “up close,” then you have two paid options to choose from: (a) the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, or (b) the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride. Tickets can be purchased from the official website.
A. Dubai Fountain Boardwalk
The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is a 272-metre floating platform located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. Starting from Burj Park or the Fountain promenade, you can stroll down the boardwalk and find a place to watch the Dubai Fountain Show up close. The closest point you can get is only nine metres away from the fountain!
Tickets to use the boardwalk cost only AED 20 each. Please note that operating hours are between 5:45 pm to 11:15 pm only. To catch the show, be sure to buy your tickets in advance!
B. Dubai Fountain Lake Ride
As the name says, the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride takes you for a “sail” around Burj Khalifa Lake, bringing you close to the amazing fountain show. Passengers get to ride an “abra” (traditional boat) while watching the largest performing fountain in the world! Talk about “the best seats” or “front row seats” in the house… or rather, in the lake!
The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride ticket costs AED 68.25 each. One again, please note that operating hours are between 5:45 pm to 11:15 pm only. The last ride sets sail at 10:45 pm, so make sure that your purchase your tickets in advance!
Video: Dubai Water Fountain Show
Here is just one of the many videos presenting the Dubai Water Fountain Show online. Get ready to be mesmerised by the lights, sounds, and colours! This video is shared by “JUAN ORQUIO” YouTube channel, which features amazing vlogs about food, travel, and adventures:
Restaurants with a Fountain View
Since the Dubai Fountain is situated right next to the Dubai Mall, people who are dining in certain restaurants can get a fantastic view of the fountain show. Here are some of the mall’s restaurants that provide “fountain views:” Abd El Wahab, Armani/Ristorante, Asado, Five Guys, Gunaydin, Joe’s Cafe, Karma Kafe, Neos, Novikov Cake, OFK, Thiptara, Time Out Market Dubai, URLA, WAFI Gourmet, and 99 Sushi Bar.
If you are planning to dine, you might as well get the best views, right?! Be sure to reserve a table in these restaurants so you can be assured of the best “fountain view” seats!
Contact Information: The Dubai Mall
If you have any questions about the Dubai Fountain, or to buy tickets for the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk and the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride, you can get in touch with the Dubai Mall through the following contact details:
Address: Downtown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 362 7500
No matter how long you plan to stay in Dubai, see to it that you watch the Dubai Fountain Show at least once! After all, it’s not everyday that you get to see the world’s largest performing fountain… FREE of charge! It’s definitely the best way to end a busy day of work, travel, shopping, and dining!
Speaking of “fountain views,” another place that offers captivating views of the Dubai Fountain is Burj Royal Residences. From here, you can see not only Dubai Fountain, but the majestic Burj Khalifa, too!