Monday, May 11, 2009

A Different Kind of World's Tallest

These are the world's tallest fountains that sit in front of the Burj Dubai, which will be the world's tallest building when it opens this year. Fitting that the world's tallest building will have the world's tallest fountains out front, right?

I picked the above video, even though you can't hear the music, because it really shows off the enormous height the fountains reach. They will blast water to almost 500 ft. in the air - just slightly outdoing the Bellagio fountains at 460 ft. For another comparison the Bellagio lake is 9 acres, the Dubai Fountain's lake is 30 acres. Bellagio fountains ran $75 million, the Burj set cost over $200 million.

^ This is not my photo but I wanted to post it because it also gives you the perspective of how massive these fountains are. That's the Burj Dubai under construction back there, and the lake with the fountains installed but not filled. Insane! They stretch some 900 ft. end to end.

Wet design (the same company that did the Bellagio fountains) are responsible for the Dubai Fountains as well. This is a link to a good article with some more information and here's a link to a video of the fountains in action with the music.

I want to go to Dubai! (but maybe in 5 years when more stuff is open)