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5 Best Places to View The Dubai Fountains

The majestic fountains at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa are a sight to behold. With jets shooting 150 meters upwards, they're said to be visible from over 20 miles away, but we've picked out the best viewing points for you that are a little closer.

Souk Al Bahar
Photo: Attila Malarik @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Souk Al Bahar

Get in a little retail therapy here, but also see great views of the fountain show! Have dinner at one of its restaurants facing the Burj Khalifa while admiring the view.

Dubai Mall - Kinokuniya Bookshop
Photo: Tanya Hart @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Dubai Mall - Kinokuniya Bookshop

Are you a bookworm? If the answer is yes, browsing this Japanese bookshop (other languages also available) with the fountain show in the background may be your idea of perfection.

Dubai Mall - Waterfront Promenade

Dubai Mall - Waterfront Promenade

If you'd like to get up close on the action, this is a great spot as it's right on the Dubai Lake. Disembark from the abra here, buy your ticket, and enjoy!

Bridge between Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall

Bridge between Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall

By day, go shopping in Dubai's premier malls. By night, join the crowds on the bridge and marvel at the illuminated water and buildings adorning the city.

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

See the show while you float! From 5:45PM to 11:30PM (last abra departing at 11:00PM) you'll see the fountains themselves at the Dubai Creek, but also the patterns the lights make on the water!

Our insider tips

When to go

It's a spectacular sight all year round!

Times

The afternoon shows are at 1:00PM and 1:30PM, except on Fridays, when it's 1:30PM and 2:00PM. In the evenings, the shows occur every 30 minutes, between the hours of 6:00PM and 11:00PM.

How much does it cost?

Fountain lake rides in the evening are 65 AED per person. You can get good value for money by including the fountain viewing as part of a larger Dubai tour.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Afternoon: 1:00PM and 1:30PM, except Fridays, 1:30PM and 2:00PM. Evening: 6:00PM to 11:00PM every 30 minutes.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to see from various locations, but lake rides in the evening are 65 AED.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is not necessary for the Dubai Fountains.
  • How to get there
    The fountains are in Burj Khalifa Lake, right outside The Dubai Mall on Lower Ground Waterfront Promenade in the heart of Downtown Dubai.
  • Additional information
    ** Check water taxi times in advance so you're prepared!*

What people are saying about Dubai Fountains

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 37,074 reviews

Amazing but short - we started at 10.45 and its finished 11.00

Overall it was amazing experience - we went on a ride around the lake about 10mph (16km/h), because we went at night time the lights and scene looked amazing plus it wasn’t too hot. Once the ride around was over the driver paused at a good location to watched the fountain display. That was stunning !!! The water and music were so in sync. I would definitely recommed it - they take your photos before you get on and once when your settled in the boat - with the option to purchase later (my sister loved the one on the boat so she purchased it for 75aed). I felt for 1 photo 75aed was expensive but thats your choice. The ride only lasted just over 15mins - i felt that was really short. But it was worth it. If price is your main area of hesistation you can watch the water display from the sides which is just as memorising.

Fabulous experience, beautiful building.

On arrival at the Burg Khalifa counter to exchange our voucher for tickets we were given the opportunity to upgrade to the 148th floor. We decided to do this. Only 20 of us in our group, you can stay all day if you wish. Therefore no crowds. We were also given Arabic tea and nibbles in the viewing lounge which is very nice. We were able to go outside on the viewing deck. We were also able to go down to the 124th and 125th floors. There was a haze so our photos aren’t fabulous. For me it was the experience of being so high up, such an amazing building. There aren’t a lot of tourists in Dubai in July. It really wasn’t necessary to buy tickets in advance but it doesn’t matter either way. I imagine it would be advisable during peak times. We had no problem finding where to exchange our vouchers.

Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 & 125 Reviewed by

Burj Khalifa: spectacular & L148/skylounge exceeded all expectations.

The Burj Khalifa was on the list of Dubai must-do activities, but I only booked at the last minute. A recommendation from people met on a desert tour was "do the 148th floor". That was one of the best pieces of travel advice that I could have been given. It's not cheap, but the beat-the-queue process coupled with the calm and tranquility of the skylounge shifted the experience up more than just 23 floors. I was able to relax, drink coffee, view quietly, take as many photos as I wanted, and get real value from the time at the top. The one tip I would give to others: allow plenty of time on the way in and out. There are truly interesting displays at ground level, and they are easy to be rushed-through.

Absolutely wonderful, great service, door to door pick up, perfect!

I had booked this trip from England, for my family and I. Amira our travel guide was fantastic speaking English and German, very impressive! We had a small tour of only 7 people so we felt very special. The shuttle picks you up from your hotel and drops you back there, which is perfect and so convenient. You see SO much, more or less of everything in Dubai, in such a short space of time. If you are in Dubai for a few days, it is great. Everything is explained in so much detail and you learn so much about how fantastic Dubai really is. Fantastic service and a fantastic activity. Thank you so much!

Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience Reviewed by

A relaxing beautiful experience if visiting Dubai

This is the second time I’ve booked this activity and will do every time I visit Dubai. This activity is a definite must if visiting Dubai. You’ll get to relax on an Abra water taxi around the lake before watching the stunning water fountain light show. You’ll take in all the panoramic views and the stunning Burj Khalifa. It’s suitable for friends, couple and family’s and the price is well worth it and good value for money.

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