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Dubai Fountain Lake Ride: Abra Cruise on the Burj Lake

 Every evening, around the lake bordering the Burj Khalifa, the fountains of Dubai, the second largest choreographed aquatic ballet in the world with led show, offer a grand spectacle of an incredible performance to the many tourists gathered under the skyscrapers.

This show is so popular that it has almost become difficult to approach the shores of the lake up close and you often have to elbow your way to find a place in front of the lake in order to appreciate the show at its true value without having the vision masked by a wall of a person in front of you.

In order to ensure a good view, it is possible to observe the show aboard an Abra (small traditional wooden boat) thanks to the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride, a mini cruise that allows you to approach the fountains and see this marvellous spectacle of sounds and lights from a small boat placed on the lake just a few meters from the fountains.

About the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride

abra burj lake

To make your Dubai Fountain Lake Show experience even more magical, you can opt for a mini cruise on the Burj Lake when the show is launched.

Dubai Fountain Lake Ride offers to observe the choreographed spectacle of the largest dancing fountain in the world from the perimeter of the lake aboard a traditional boat placed around the rings from which the jets of water spring up for a magnificent dancing spectacle.

The shows lasting around ten minutes are orchestrated to different melodies such as “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, “It’s Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman or even “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie … in short, a mixture of classical, contemporary and world music.

Each Abra can accommodate six people; mini boat cruises run every 30 minutes and the Abra depart 15 minutes before each fountain show.

Dubai Fountain Lake Ride at Sunset

The Dubai Fontaine Lake Show’s first performance starts at 6:00 p.m., making a 5:45 p.m. departure for the Abra cruise; this corresponds roughly (depending on the season) to the moment when the sun slowly begins to retreat, leaving behind a beautiful effect of red, yellow and ocher light just before giving way to the moon.

The 6600 LED bulbs of the dancing fountains of the Burj Lake, combined with the last rays of the sun give the aquatic ballet a spectacular and unique luminescent appearance, at the same time guaranteeing a magical moment to witness the transition between day and night in a romantic setting. .

Dubaï Fountain Lake Ride en soirée

Burj Khalifa Lake

For evening cruises, the city of Dubai is finally covered by the heavy cloak of the night; the buildings around the lake as well as the Burj Khalifa are adorned with their most beautiful clothes of lights, the shining silhouettes of the skyscrapers are reflected on the lake … all these lights, combined with the LED bulbs of the fountains give the lake the appearance of a constellation.

As soon as the music begins, the jets of water soar through the air, oscillate, intertwine and dance to the rhythm of a score composed of Arab, classical, contemporary and world music songs.

Knowing that tourists and even Dubai residents come from a variety of different backgrounds, the song lineup is regularly updated with new titles so that the offer is varied and can reach a wider audience.

How to book Dubai Fountain Lake Ride?

Tickets for the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride cruise can be booked online on the website of the tourist provider Viator. It is really recommended to book online, you can choose the day and time when you want to take this boat ride. This way you will be 100% certain that you can take the boat trip. An identity document may be required to prove your identity; so remember to bring your valid passport with you.
Personally, we found the show much more magical with the sunset lights between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. but it’s up to you to decide what time you want to take this cruise, knowing that there is a show every half. – hours, you even have the possibility to test both experiences: at sunset or in the evening, it’s up to you.

Dubai Fountain Lake Ride Timetable

Dubai Fountain Lake Ride takes place every day from 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends); the Abra leave 15 minutes before each performance of the aquatic ballet of the fountains.

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