Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is a magnificent fountain display which lasts for about 3 minutes and takes place every half hour from about 4pm at weekends (Thursday to Saturday) and from 6pm during the week (Sunday to Wednesday), continuing until late at night: 10 or 11pm. It is best enjoyed after nightfall.

On the right you can see the sign in the Dubai Mall with the schedule, a photo of the display, and my reflection!

I bumped into Rob, the general manager at the Lulu Hypermarket in Al Ain, a couple of weeks ago, while I was shopping there and we had a great chat. He told me that recently one of his sons and his girlfriend had been over from the UK to visit. So one night Rob booked a table for the 3 of them at a Lebanese restaurant next to the large manmade lake where the fountain is situated. But he didn’t tell them about the upcoming display! So at 8pm the fountain came to life, giving them a delightful surprise as they sat with their drinks, ready to order their food. And they were treated to further displays during the rest of their time there.

Next to the lake is the Khalifa Tower, the largest structure in the world. Here’s a photo I took at 7.30pm one evening…

Khalifa Tower

…and the Lebanese restaurant must be on the left in this photo…

Dubai Mall promenade

This is what the fountains look like from the 140th floor of the Burj Khalifa when we went up there on a different trip to Dubai…


…and you can get an idea of just how many hundreds of jets there must be in the fountain. By the way, the outdoor restaurants we have sat at are on the left side, just outside the Mall. See another article for more on the Mall, and the one on the Burj Khalifa At The Top tour for more photos from up high.

Every half hour features a different song, each with its own unique fountain dance. Some music is Arabic, and some is Western music.

This video I took features music by Sarah Brightman…

This one features Western music, starts slowly, then explodes into life after one minute…

This video I took a different night has Arabic music…


This final video was taken during the day in October. My family and I were sitting outside at 1pm, about to order lunch at a lovely Italian restaurant, when the fountain bursts into life. Our waiter told us that he has worked at the restaurant for 18 months and this was the first time he had ever seen the fountains go off during the day. They went off again half an hour later with an Arabic song, but I didn’t bother filming that. So here’s a video of that first daytime show, featuring the theme music by Elmer Bernstein from the film The Magnificent Seven…

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I hope you and your family get as much enjoyment from these displays when you see them live as we have!

4 Comment

  1. Mohd Ezra Effendi says:

    My friend,

    It was driving me crazy trying to figure out where I knew the western (cowboy) theme music from. Thanks!

  2. admin says:

    I’m glad I stopped you from going crazy! 🙂

  3. Rob (LuLu) says:

    Hi Chris, Yes the fountains are certainly a great place to visit, great website please keep up the good work.


  4. admin says:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    (Rob is the guy who manages all the branches of Lulu in Al Ain: a lovely, lovely guy. And he sings Karaoke in a local bar! 🙂 )


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