Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Biggest Water Fountains in the World

As you are aware, Dubai has the world's only 7-star hotel (Burj Al Arab) and is building the world's largest amusement/ theme park (Dubailand) and the world's tallest building (Burj tower). Click here for the Dec 2007 post with pictures of all these.

Now comes news that they are building the world's largest fountain next to the world's tallest building.

In May, Emaar Properties unveiled a world-class permanent water fountain project with an integral light and sound show for Downtown Burj Dubai. It will be the world’s largest fountain at over 900 ft (275 metres) in length, equivalent to that of over two football fields and it is about 25 per cent larger than The Fountains at Bellagio in Las Vegas in area. Powerful water nozzles will shoot water sprays to heights of over 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-story building.

The fountains - which are yet to be named - will feature over 6,600 lights and 50 colour projectors that will create a vibrant visual spectrum of over 1,000 different water expressions by shooting 22,000 gallons of water. The total cost to built this is AED 800 million (US$218 million)! This project is expected to draw over 10 million visitors annually.

The fountain is positioned next to Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations. As I have said before, these fountains are yet to be named, and a cash prize of $27,225 will be given to the person who suggests the perfect name for this water fountain project.

This fountain project is scheduled to be operational in 2009!

Here are some pictures of what it is expected to look like:

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