Shooting water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building, the Dubai Fountain dances each night – for 3-5 minutes – just next to Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. I had taken these pictures a few months back, when my Nikon was just a few days old, hence the crappy pictures. I didn’t even know what all settings were there plus I didn’t have a tripod (and these were night shots!). I know … it’s unforgivable.
How this fountain came about with the name – Dubai Fountain – is truly funny (or so I think). Here’s how it happened:
Following the successful completion of the fountain naming contest on September 15 (2008), a distinguished panel has selected the name which echoes the rising global prominence of Dubai and will be a fitting tribute to the city. More than 4,000 participants representing over 100 nationalities took part in the competition, which was held from July 1 to September 15.
Although the competition was open only to UAE residents, entries were received from all across the globe, further reflecting Dubai’s growing global significance. Participants of the competition had to suggest a name that they believed captured the essence of the spectacular fountain. The winning name – Dubai Fountain – was chosen by a panel comprising senior management of Emaar, community leaders and project experts. The selection process was overlooked by a representative of Dubai Department of Economic Development.