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Waterfall in Dubai Mall - pearl divers


Page update - Sep 28, 2022

As it happens, the Pearl Divers Waterfall has become the visual symbol of the Dubai Mall. Perhaps because it is the most colorful structure in the mall, and every visitor can see it for free. We will talk about the waterfall on this page.

How to find the waterfall in the Dubai Mall

It is located in the southeast corner of the mall. It is the opposite corner from the entrance from the Metro Bridge (entrance from the subway). The Ice Rink is 100 feet (30 meters) away from the waterfalls.

Facts and Figures

In fact, it is not one waterfall, but two at once. They are not different from each other.

Each of the waterfalls is a cylindrical structure with a diameter of 100 feet (30 meters). The waterfalls pass through all four vertical levels of the mall, with a total height of 80 feet (24 meters).

It is an interesting fact that the waterfalls were not yet present at the moment of the Dubai Mall opening in 2008. They were opened only a year later in 2009.

The main specific feature of the waterfalls is the figures of pearl divers made of fiberglass. The creators had planned a stunning play of light, and part of this was achieved. However, we will talk about the divers figures in detail below.

According to the idea of the creators, the waterfalls should be illuminated by daylight from the atrium and windows during the day. And there is a special lighting system of different colors for the dark hours.

The waterfall does not evoke strong emotions for most western tourists. Usually we hear the phrase, "Well, yes, it is beautiful", but no more than that.

This is understandable, because the waterfalls were planned for a strong effect on the people of the Arab nations. We have to explain all the symbolism.



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Why the Arabs admire it

The waterfall reflects the beauty of water. As we remember, the Arabs lived in the Arabian Desert until the 6th century. Water is beautiful in every way for them.

Tourists ask, "Why exactly are the pearl catchers shown?" It's simple. It's a reference to the history of the Arab Emirates.

In the past, when oil wasn't extracted and the local soil was poor, the diet of the locals was limited to fish, seafood, and camel meat and milk. The rest of the foodstuffs were imported.

The only source of wealth for the emirs was pearls, which were obtained by divers in the Persian Gulf. The pearl divers represent the uniqueness of the UAE's history.

There are palm trees displayed near each waterfall, which should remind visitors of an oasis. The oasis image has little meaning in the minds of Europeans and Americans. But for the Arabs, it is a symbol of well-being and prosperity. For these reasons, for the Arabs, it is not just a waterfall, but an important cultural symbol.

What tourists should pay attention to

The first is the play of light on the diver figures. It is not easy to see, because direct light does not fall on the figures most of the time. You have to wait for either lighting in the evening or direct sunlight from the atrium. Most of the day, the pearl diver figures look gray and boring. But if you wait, you will see a very beautiful sight.

The next point is noticed only by some tourists, but it is very curious. Note the photo near (click on the photo to enlarge to full screen). Look, with what and how are the figures attached to the structure? What does it look like?

It takes for tourists no more than 5 minutes to view the waterfall, and another 5 minutes to take photos. This attraction can safely be called "fleeting". If you want to enjoy the view of the waterfall longer, there are several cafes, eateries, and restaurants nearby.

Several of them offer seats with views of the waterfall, the Burj Khalifa Tower (the view is bad, at an angle) and the Dubai Fountain (the view is not the best). They are nice to sit, enjoy the views, and relax. Unfortunately, your wallet will tense in the process.

For example, in the neighboring cafe TWG Tea a pot of tea costs 50 UAE dirhams, juice from 25 dirhams, a simple soup from 30 dirhams, and a salad from 40 dirhams. These prices are quite typical for the Dubai Mall. Find the actual exchange rates of UAE dirham on our page "Money in Dubai and UAE".



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Where to move next

- In the Dubai Mall you can also see a huge aquarium. Read about it on our page "Dubai Mall Aquarium";

- Visit the world's largest candy store. Read about it in our review "Candylicious";

- And also the real skeleton of a huge dinosaur.

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