Emaar unveils plans to build US$218mn fountain

Water feature expected to attract 10 million visitors annually, says developer.

Rendering of planned fountain in Burj Dubai Lake.
Rendering of planned fountain in Burj Dubai Lake.

Real estate company Emaar Properties has unveiled plans to build a Bellagio-style supersize fountain in Downtown Burj Dubai.

The fountain, which is being built at a cost of US$218 million, will be 275 metres long and will shoot water to heights of over 150 metres, the company said.

"The closest thing to the fountain is the Fountains at Bellagio in Las Vegas," said Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman, Emaar Properties, at a presentation of the water feature to the media today.

"We expect to draw about 10 million visitors per year [to the attraction]," he added.

The fountain, which will be designed by California, US-based water feature specialist Wet Design, will be ready for testing by the end of the first quarter of 2009, Emaar said.

Features of the attraction, which will be located in Burj Dubai Lake, will include a frequent light and sound show, the firm added.

The fountain will have over 6,600 lights and 50 colour projectors, and over 22,00 gallons of water in the air at any given moment.

The naming of the fountain, which is being built by Turner Construction International, will be open to public competition with a cash prize of US$27,260 (AED 100,000).

"Water fountains have been an integral component of the region's civilisation with several ancient monuments and palace gardens in the region featuring large utilitarian and decorative fountains," said Alabbar. "The fountain in Burj Dubai Lake creates a new dimension to Downtown Burj Dubai and will create another social hub and community space for Dubai's residents and visitors to get together."

The flagship project of Emaar, Downtown Burj Dubai has a development value of US$20 billion. Components of the development include Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, an Olympic-sized ice rink, and an indoor gold souk.

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