S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

Fountain from above

One of the things we did several times over New Year's was watch a video of Whitney Houston's "And I will always love you".

Let me back up. We arrived in Venice the same day my parents did. They were fresh off of a trip which included a 24 hour stopover in Dubai. It was their first time being tourists there and we've never been. One of the most amazing things they saw while there was the fountain which is part of the Dubai Mall, at the foot of the (currently) world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai.

This fountain was put together by the same company which had previously done the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas. Only this one is much bigger (30 acres, with water going up to 275 m high) and, in addition to the Houston piece, opera, and "Thriller", features major global hits from lots of other countries whose citizens are likely to visit Dubai, whether South Africa, India, or the Emirates themselves.

One of my favorite videos so far from among these (and I watched a whole bunch of them, including the one linked above) is a nearly-silent one taken from the observation deck of the Burj Dubai itself. From way up in the air, the fountains swirl like calligraphy across the ground of the lake. It's elegant on its own, but even more meaningful after seeing the workings of the fountain from different angles on the ground below.

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