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The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m long and 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 a 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. On 2 January 2010 the length of Dubai fountains was increased to 275 m (902.2 ft).

The fountain is animated with performances set to light and music. It is visible from every point on the lake promenade and from many neighboring structures. Performances take place at 1:00 pm and at 1:30 pm as well as 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).

Performance repertoire includes:
"Sama Dubai", a tribute to Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed, which is usually the first show of the day
"Baba Yetu" (a Grammy award-winning song in Swahili from the Civilization IV video game soundtrack) by Christopher Tin
"Shik Shak Shok" (an Arab dance song) by Hassan Abou El Seoud
"Inshed An Aldar" ("Ask About Home"), an Emirati song written for the inauguration of the Burj Khalifa on 4 January 2010
"Con Te Partirò" (Time to Say Goodbye) by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
"Dhoom Thana" (a Hindi song) by Abhijeet
"Waves" ("Amvaj") by Bijan Mortazavi
"Bassbor Al Fourgakom" by Emirati artist Hussain Al Jasmi
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
"All Night Long" by Lionel Richie
"The Magnificent Seven" (main theme from the film The Magnificent Seven) by Elmer Bernstein
"Thriller" by Michael Jackson
"Ishtar Poetry" by Furat Qaddouri
"Mon Amour" by Shiraz
"O Mio Babbino Caro" by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
"Enta Omri" by Hossam Ramzy
"The Prayer" by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
"Lana Allah" by Mohammed Abdu
"Ezel" (theme song from the TV series of the same name)
"Flying Drum" by Vertical Orchestra
"Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto"
"Ensan Akthar" by Abdul Majeed Abdullah
"Everybody On" (Showed only for the month of October 2011, see below)
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (remix by Paul Epworth, presented by DHL) by Diana Ross
"Ishy Bilady", The UAE National Anthem
"Wen Bie" by Jacky Cheung
"Walk On The Wild Side" (Instrumental)
"Turandot/Act 3-Nessun Dorma" By John Alldis Choir
"Mission Impossible" (remix) by The Lounge Crew
"From The New World * IV" by Herbert von karajan
"Ab Bali Habibi" by Elissa
"Hero" (Spanish version) by Enrique Iglesias
"Lyubov' Pohoyoaya Na Son" by Alla Pugacheva
"La Vie En Rose" by Édith Piaf

All of 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. When performances are viewed from further away, i.e. from surrounding buildings, the music might not be audible.

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