Fun Ways to Experience the Burj Lake and Dubai Fountain Boardwalk

by Dubai Travel Planner

Brilliant water experiences to try in the heart of Downtown Dubai

The Burj Lake is home to the famous nightly Dubai Fountain show. Every night, the 30-acre man-made Burj Lake, which sits at the foot of the incredible Burj Khalifa, lights up with a delight of sound and colour for a 5-minute show every 30 minutes from 6:00 PM.

Watch in amazement as over 6,000 lights, 25 colour projectors and 83,000 litres of water move in choreographed perfection to classic Arabian music and modern hits.

The fountain show itself is free to watch from many vantage points near Dubai Mall, but you can also enhance your experience with many paid attractions around Burj Lake in the Downtown area of Dubai.

Traditional Abra Lake Ride – Dubai Fountain Show

One of the best ways to see the fountains up close on an unforgettable Dubai experience is to book yourself a seat on a traditional abra (boat) ride on the lake.

The Lake Ride boats depart on quarter past and quarter to the hour, allowing you enough time to float to an ideal position before the show starts. Each boat can take a maximum of 8 passengers – the earlier you go in the evening from our experience the less crowded, you may even get your own boat!

Abra Boat ride Dubai Fountains

With tickets collected from the At The Top counter on the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall, give yourself plenty of time to get organised as there can be queues. It’s a good 5-minute walk to then get from the ticket counter back to the promenade (there are signs to follow), then look for the “Lake Ride” check-in (outside WAFI Gourmet).

Kiosk where you board the abra boats on Burj Lake to see the fountains
Look for this kiosk to line up for your Dubai Fountain lake ride in an abra

You’ll be boarded into the correct boat and then sit back and enjoy your front-row seats for the show.

Tickets for a Burj Lake fountain ride

NB Those aged 3 and under can go free but must sit on laps.

Opening time for the Burj Lake fountains ride

The fountains commence in the evening at 6:00 PM, so the earliest you can book is 5:45 PM. The last boat leaves at 10:45 PM. Check availability for today here:


Dubai Fountain Boardwalk

The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, sometimes referred to as the Dubai Fountain Bridge, is a 272 m-long floating platform that allows visitors the best possible up-close view of the fountain on foot.

the Dubai founatin boardwalk during the day with views of burj lake
This is what the Dubai fountain boardwalk looks like during the day – its the closest spot to view the Dubai Fountains at night

Pricing for the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk experience

(Some tour companies seem to charge significantly more with little extra offered than guiding you from the ticket counter to the start of the walk- check exactly what you’re getting)

Note you still need to arrive well in advance of your desired show time or booking slot as the ticket collection counter is shared with “At The Top” for Burj Khalifa. The ticket collection counter here can be busy at peak times so you want to be organized in advance.

First entry is at 5:45 PM and last entry at 10:45 PM.

fountain boardwalk information sign in Downtown dubai

Dubai Fountain Water Experiences on Burj Lake

We are awaiting clarity from Emaar, but we believe these additional Burj Lake experiences have been removed as of early 2024 as we’ve not been able to see them for some updated photos!

With an extension to the main Burj Lake opening on 7 December 2020, there are now several new daytime boating options to enjoy the Burj Lake. This is great for families who cannot stay up as late at night. You can now enjoy water experiences including:

  • Children’s boating
  • Family boating
  • Kayaking experiences
  • A floating garden

The family offering includes motorised and pedal boats, whilst your older kids (15 years +) and fitter riders may want to take on the different kayak experiences, including a transparent kayak option and water bikes.

The new Birds Cove is just for your little ones to enjoy. As well as experiencing the floating garden from dry land, if they are aged 3 and above they have a choice of miniature motorised and pedal boats in bird shapes of motorised ducks and pedal flamingos. Of course, all safety precautions are taken and they will be supervised as well as wearing life jackets.

The paddle swan boat is appropriate for kids over 12 and adults, whilst the family swan boat is electrical and can be used by families with kids from 3 years + (there must be one adult to pilot the boat).

These new attractions will make great add on experiences for families visiting Dubai Mall and the Downtown area.

Burj Lake Water Experiences opening hours

  • Daily from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

NB if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the fountains at the same time note that the fountains do not start until 6:00 PM and the last booking for the water experiences is 7:30 PM.

Pricing for Burj Lake Water Experiences

  • Swam Boat 50 AED/30 mins
  • Kayaks from 75 AED/30 mins
  • Water Bikes 50 AED/30 mins
  • Kids flamingo boat 40 AED/30 mins
  • Kids Duck boat 45 AED/30 mins

You can book your tickets via the Burj Khalifa At The Top website – pricing includes VAT. Bookings can be made a maximum of 90 days in advance.

Other Dubai Fountain Viewing Points Around Burj Lake

The fountains can be viewed from many vantage points around Burj Lake, including:

Pop over here to our complete fountain and Burj light show guide for more information.

popular Dubai fountain viewing spots include the Time out market balcony from Souk Al Bahar
Grab an outside set at a Souk Al Bahar restaurant for the best fountain views

Stay Near the Burj Lake

Downtown Dubai is a great central location from which to base yourself close to many of the city’s major attractions. Several hotels and Airbnb properties also offer superb views of the Burj Lake to complement your Dubai water experiences.


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