The Dubai Fountain


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Reminiscent of the amazing musically coordinated fountains of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas the Burj Dubai fountains named "Dubai Fountains" certainly are impressive. This $217 million project was built by the same California based company WET Design (whose website I highly suggest checking out as it is beautiful!) that created the Bellagio Hotel's fountains. This record setting fountain uses 6,600 lights with 50 coloured projectors and is able to fire the water into the air at as astonishing 150m or 490ft! The music played in this video is Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's "Time to Say Goodbye".

The first video I found through Dark Roasted Blend (check out the rest of the site!)

This second video is by far my favourite and allows you to see a much closer view of the fountains at work. The song used in the performance is called "Baba Yetu", created by Christopher Tin which I'm sure some of you Civ 4 fans will most certainly recognize as the opening track to the game! :)

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The lake that the fountain is on is right next to the Persian Gulf. It's not like this is set in the middle of nothing but sand for days. It becomes a lot more problematic if it's a freshwater fountain -- but is that less environmentally nuts than any of the other building they've been doing in Dubai?
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for all those civ fans...
with a little probing into the game's files, you can get the MP3 file of Baba Yetu. (go into my computer, cuise to where it's stored, open game file Assets, Then Sounds, soundtrack, then you will find it labled Opening Menu)
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I'm torn. I love Wet Designs' work, both at Bellagio and here, but how can it be an ecologically responsible idea putting huge fountains in the middle of the desert?

And why oh why do they always use that insipid Time To Say Goodbye?
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