The Most Expensive Fountain in the World
Dubai is certainly a place of elegance, boldness, and a land where things are expensive include the most expensive fountain. So it’s not surprising that this is where the world’s most expensive fountain can be found. This fountain, which exudes sophistication and cost quite a chunk of change to make, is appropriately named Dubai Fountain.
Dubai Fountain lies in good company in the Downtown Burj Dubai development project, in which the Dubai Mall and humongous Burj Dubai skyscraper also sit. The most expensive fountain jets shoot up and down to the backdrop of classical music. Often, superlights and color projectors are also used to make for a truly unique and fantastic show. The most expensive fountain itself is over 900 feet long and the jets can spray up to 500 feet high, shooting as much as 22,000 gallons of water at any given time.
Dubai Fountain was constructed by WET Design, the same company that designed another famous fountain in another bold and spectacular city, Fountains of Bellagio, in Las Vegas. You can walk by and see it yourself for free. But the Dubai Fountain cost a whopping $217 million to build. The most expensive fountain can be visually enhanced by 6,600 WET superlights and 25 color projectors. The fountain can be set to music, including the Swahili song Baba Yetu from the popular video game Civilization IV and top Arab dance song Shik Shak Shok.
The announcement that the costly structure was to be built was made in June 2008. It was also during that ceremony that the government announced the fountain was yet unnamed. The government would hold a contest where entrants could suggest a name for the chance of winning 100,000 dirham (which is about $27,226 USD.) 15 contestants entered with the name “Dubai Fountain” and apparently, it stuck. Those contest winners of this most expensive fountain split the prize total.