4 Must-See Light Shows in Dubai

Dubai is a place filled with luxurious and breathtaking experiences. The city is home to some of the most extravagant buildings and lavish events. Among the most famous and appreciated are the light shows that can be seen throughout the city. These shows take place in some of Dubai’s landmark locations, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands. Lights, music, and color combine to create a wonderful spectacle in buildings, fountains, and malls. Read on as we explore the most popular light shows in Dubai and don’t miss the chance to see them if you’re in town.

1. The Dubai Fountain Show

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The Dubai Fountain Show is one of the most amazing light shows in the city. It is located in Downtown Dubai, specifically in the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world. The jets, located in Burj Lake, shoot up to 22,000 gallons of water up to 500 feet high. Best of all, the show is completely free to watch. However, you can also pay to have a front-row seat or get a closer look on the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride. 

The size of the Dubai Fountain makes it possible to watch the spectacle from nearby areas. A perfect way to enjoy the show is to rent an apartment in the surrounding neighborhoods through Metropolitan Real Estate, where you will be able to find the best options in the housing market. This way, you’ll be able to eat dinner in your living room while appreciating an amazing show every 30 minutes.

Where: Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai.

When: Daily, every 30 minutes from 18:00 to 23:00.

2. The Light Show at Burj Khalifa

The next famous light show in Dubai — and all over the world — is the one at Burj Khalifa. It is so big that in 2018, it was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building. 

The show usually consists of lights, sound, and lasers displaying different messages and images on the 1.2 million LED lights placed on the facade of the building. On special occasions, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or Chinese New Year, the Burj Khalifa displays special messages related to the dates.

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The amazing show works through a series of “brain” servers controlled by a single computer inside the Burj Khalifa. The LED lights are activated according to a virtual model of the tower, which is managed from the control room. The machinery is designed so that there is never a problem with the lights. Even if some of them fail, the audience will never notice any problem in the show. The Burj Khalifa has reactivated the laser shows this year after the New Year’s Eve presentation. So, now the show will be held on a new schedule.

Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai.

When: Wednesday to Friday at 19:45 and 21:45; Saturday to Sunday at 19:45, 20:15, and 21:45. 

3. Imagine in Dubai Festival City Mall

Imagine is a show that continues the tradition of bringing Guinness World Records to Dubai. It has been recognized as the largest water screen projection and the largest permanent projection mapping in the world. It features a show of light, water, fire, lasers, and sound, along with a water screen that projects different stories. 

Imagine is free and open to everyone in the surrounding area, and it works every day, starting at sundown. There is something for everyone when it comes to multimedia shows, catering to both children and adults. The most frequent shows include “The Pirates’ Tale” and “A Child’s Dream”, which are sure to capture the imagination of viewers of all ages.

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The Imagine Show is amazing to watch on its own. But it goes a step further by allowing you to customize the show to express any message you want. You can create your own Imagine Show to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, or even marriage proposals. Prices range from $950 to $130,000, depending on how much you want to customize the show. You can have anything from a simple projection on the water screen to a unique show created for you by the creative team behind Imagine.

Where: Dubai Festival City Mall, Festive Bay.

When: A Child’s Dream — weekdays at 19:30 and 21:00; Friday and Saturday at 19:30, 21:00, and 22:30.

A Pirate’s Tale — weekdays at 20:00 and 21:30; Friday and Saturday at 20:00, 21:30, and 23:00.

Stardancer at Daily at 20:30 and 22:00. 

4. The Palm Fountain

The Palm Fountain is, like other attractions in Dubai, a record-breaking spectacle. It was recognized as the largest fountain in the world by the Guinness Records organization. The fountain consists of two big platforms spanning over 14,000 square feet of seawater, with a height of 340 feet. It displays a light show performed by 3,000 LED lights, which dance to hit pop songs played in the background. You can enjoy the show for free from any of the numerous restaurants located around the fountain, in The Pointe complex.

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The Palm Fountain is located on Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island created on the coast of Dubai. The Fountain, launched in October 2020, makes appropriate use of resources. Instead of holding water in tanks or other storage devices, it uses water directly from the sea. In addition, the energy used to power the mechanism is generated using sustainable technologies.

Where: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah.

When: Saturday to Wednesday, from 19:00 to 22:30; Thursday and Friday from 19:00 to 23:30.


Dubai is one of the most amazing places in the world. It is a city where a strong cultural tradition meets the latest technology to provide a great spectacle for everyone. Whether you visit the city for a short vacation or decide to make it your permanent home, these light shows are an experience that will always amaze you.

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