Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain

By Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter  XPRESS  www.gulfnews.com

Many of you would’ve visited the Dubai Fountain this Eid. But did you know how it works? Here’s the backstage story on how the rich repertoire of performances has been put together.

Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain

Dubai: As the world’s largest performing fountain, the Dubai Fountain in Downtown Dubai has attracted over 47 million visitors since its launch in May 2009.

If you have watched the shows one after the other, you will have noticed that the music accompanying the spectacle changes with each performance, thus reflecting a rich repertoire of classical and contemporary strains.

While the creators of the choreography have remained unsung heroes so far, they will now earn royalties every time their music is used. This follows a first-of-its-kind music rights agreement recently signed by developer Emaar and the non-profit PRS for Music and SACEM – who represent composers, songwriters and musicians – to license the public performance of music accompanying the fountain. And it has been no mean feat putting them all together, as XPRESS found out behind the scenes.

The main control room of the Dubai Fountain is located on the top level of neighbouring Dubai Mall. The choreography of each performance of the fountain is first created on a unique computer simulation programme called VirtualWET that, in real time, simulates the appearance of the water, including the effects of gravity and wind on water sprays.

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