One of the features of the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Fountain which is a record-setting choreographed fountain system installed on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; .designed by WET Design, a well-acclaimed California-based company.
The fountain graces the external surrounding of Burj Khalifa; the cost of which reached more or less Dh 800 millions or US$218 millions. The Dubai Fountain is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 coloured projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 150 m (490 ft) into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was named Dubai Fountain on the 26th of October 2008 after Emaar announced it as the result of a naming contest.
The Dubai Fountain was first tested in February 2009, and was officially inaugurated on 8 May 2009 during the official opening ceremony of the Dubai Mall.
By January 2010 the length of Dubai fountains was increased to 275 m or 902.2 ft., bringing more grandeur to its already breath-taking play of the fountain.
The Dubai Fountain can spray 22,000 gallons or 83,000 liters of water in the air at any moment. Over 6,600 lights and 25 colour projectors have been installed to achieve the splendid choreography of the fountain. The Fountains can project water in the air in many different combinations and patterns, and the beam of light from the fountain could be seen from over 20 miles away.
By the end of 2010, another element was added – fire, which outlined the fountains, for the 2011 New Year celebration spectacle.
Many high-pressure water jets and shooters: oarsmen or water robots, made it possible for the water to seemingly dance and shoot upwards in different heights. With Dubai Fountain, super and extreme shooters could make water shoot under the most pressure up to 240 and 420 feet, respectively, in the air, creating a loud booming noise after water is ejected. However, the extreme shooters were disabled after the opening ceremony because it takes a lot of time to build up enough pressure and energy to shoot water that high in the air.
Other than just being a display of grand water shooting in the air, the fountain is animated with performances set to light and music; made 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 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Performance repertoire includes a lot of world-famous pieces such as:
“Sama Dubai”, a tribute to Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed, and which is usually the first show of the day.