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Jeddah Fountain: The tallest in the world

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10 MAR 2021

Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani

Saudi Arabia is home to many record breakers, but few are as iconic as the King Fahd Fountain, also known as the Jeddah Fountain. It is the tallest of its kind in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, and one of the most prominent tourist attractions on the Red Sea coast. The late King Fahd gifted the famous fountain to the people of Jeddah, hence its name.

The charming landmark is visible from all over the city, especially on the Corniche. It is typical to see many photographers and visitors in the area at night time looking to enjoy the sparkling white lighting and amazing panoramic views of the fountain.

Construction

The Jeddah Fountain was launched in 1985 and jets water to a maximum height of 312 meters above the Red Sea at a speed of 375 kilometers per hour. It uses salt water drawn from the Red Sea instead of freshwater.

Design

The fountain’s design was inspired by that of the Geneva fountain in Switzerland. However, it was also constructed to resemble an Arabian incense burner from which water emanates.

Over 500 lights illuminating the fountain at night can withstand the force of continuous water pressure. Before it reaches the pump, seawater passes through a multi-stage purification process to filter out sand and other impurities and avoid rust and corrosion to the structure.