A water spectacle18 November 2020
/ The largest fountain on the planet? It’s in Dubai, the city of records, of course! The record was made official at its spectacular inauguration last month /
‘The city of records’: this is how Dubai is now also known, given that the Emirate city has managed to rack up several firsts in a wide variety of in recent years: from the world’s tallest skyscraper (the famous Burj Khalifa) to the largest underwater photographic exhibition (100 snaps) and the highest chocolate sculpture (13.52m), just to name a few.
It has also held the record for the world’s largest fountain for the past 11 years, a record that was again confirmed in October, however now with a different holder. Indeed for 11 years now the title was held by the Dubai Fountain at the Dubai Mall, while last month this was overtaken by The Palm Fountain at The Pointe, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located on the man-made palm-shaped Island Palm Jumeirah.
Under a sky lit with fireworks, on October 22 masked spectators (residents and tourists) gathered to watch The Palm Fountain launch as it broke the record in tune to an exclusive song – ‘Dubai Is Another Planet’- produced to reflect the city’s vibrant spirit.
The launch also included an array of live entertainment including a magical firework display. Two of the Middle East much loved Disney songs – ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ and ‘A Whole New World’ from ‘Aladin’ – were also played, and are part of the fountain’s regular programming.
The waterfront attraction, measuring 7,327sq.m during the shows, spans over an area of 1.300sq.m and is equipped with shooters capable of blasting water 105m into the air and 7,500 nozzles to provide the mist and fog. It features over 3,000 LED lights that create a magical show of dancing colourful lights and water. The entire performance of the fountain is enhanced with a revved-up audio system powered by 86 speakers.
Spectators can watch the dancing fountain shows for free year-round from 7 p.m. to midnight. Shows last 3 minutes each and are performed every 30 minutes. They’re accompanied by popular songs from various genres that include pop, classic, local and international music.
The Palm Fountain is not just a source of entertainment, but it’s also environmentally-friendly. “They’re utilizing the actual sea water so there’s no filtration system. We’ve had our marine department which…
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