The magical Dubai Fountains
An incredible spectacle in the centre of Downtown, The Dubai Fountain is one of the city’s most treasured attractions. Set on a glittering lake, at the foot of the world’s tallest tower, the fountain’s powerful jets deliver an enchanting and compelling performance, perfectly timed to well-known international songs including Arabic dance hit Shik Shak Shok and Andrea Bocelli classic Con te partirò.
Created by the designers of the famed Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, water jets shoot up to 22,000 gallons as high as 500 feet, creating captivating beams when lit that bring the entire area to a standstill. With iconic landmarks including The Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar and Burj Khalifa fringing the lake, the show could hardly have a more impressive backdrop.
The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride is a fantastic way to take it all in and snap a few memorable photographs from a unique vantage point. You can also witness the daily fountain shows from a number of restaurants perched along the picturesque promenade. Make an evening of it by booking a table on the terrace of one of Souk Al Bahar’s many popular restaurants, or head to fine dining Thai eatery Thiptara at The Palace Downtown Dubai for a front row seat on the wooden deck that extends into the lake for mesmerising views.
While The Dubai Fountain is an extraordinary sight to behold all year round, one of the most memorable times to visit is over the festive period, especially New Year’s Eve. In the heart of Downtown Dubai, now considered one of the world’s most recognisable celebration points, a rousing dance of bright lights and swaying water from The Dubai Fountain is the perfect prelude to Burj Khalifa’s climatic firework extravaganza. With thousands gathered, and millions watching live across the globe, it truly is one of the most unforgettable ways to see in the new year.