Winding through the heart of Downtown Dubai between the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Old Town Island is the large Burj Khalifa Lake. The section of the lake closest to the Dubai Mall doubles as the spectacular 275m-long Dubai Fountain, the world’s biggest, capable of shooting jets of water up to 150m high, and illuminated with over 6000 lights and 25 colour projectors. The fountain really comes to life after dark, spouting carefully choreographed watery flourishes which “dance” elegantly in time to a range of Arabic, Hindi and classical songs, viewable from anywhere around the lake for free.

Short (25min) abra rides around the lake and fountain are also available (daily 5.45–11.30pm; 65dh), leaving from outside Wafi Gourmet on the lake-facing side of the Dubai Mall.

Currently under construction on the far side of the lake is the spectacular Dubai Opera House (wdubaiopera.com), a two-thousand-seater state-of-the-art venue due to open in 2016 and promising to give a long-overdue boost to the city’s moribund performing arts scene.

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