King Fahd's Fountain

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King Fahd's Fountain
نافورة الملك فهد
Jeddah Fountain
King Fahd’s Fountain.jpg
The fountain illuminated at night
Year 1985; 33 years ago (1985)
Type Fountain
Dimensions 312 m (1024 ft)
Location Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates 21°30′56″N 39°8′42″E / 21.51556°N 39.14500°E / 21.51556; 39.14500Coordinates: 21°30′56″N 39°8′42″E / 21.51556°N 39.14500°E / 21.51556; 39.14500

King Fahd's Fountain (Arabic: نافورة الملك فهد‎) also known as the Jeddah Fountain, is a fountain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the tallest of its type in the world.[1]

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The fountain was donated to the city of Jeddah by King Fahd, hence its name. It was constructed between 1980 and 1983 and was launched in 1985.[2]

Located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the fountain jets water to a maximum height, according to different sources, of either 260 metres (853 ft)[3][4][5]or 312 m (1,024 ft)[1] above the Red Sea. (Even at the lower figure, King Fahd's Fountain would easily be the world's tallest; the second-tallest is the World Cup Fountain in Seoul, South Korea, with a water height of about 202 m (663 ft).)

The fountain is visible throughout the vicinity of Jeddah. The water it ejects can reach a speed of 375 km/h (233 mph) and its airborne mass can exceed 16 tonnes (18 short tons).[1] The fountain uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater. Over 500 spotlights illuminate the fountain at night.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "King Fahd's Fountain in Saudi Arabia". Prosperity Fountain. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "World Tallest Fountain in Jeddah". Hotel Travel. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Mughai (20 June 2012). "Jeddah Fountain – King Fahd's fountain Jeddah – Saudi Arabia". Jeddah Point. Retrieved 21 February 2014. [better source needed]
  4. ^ "6/12 - King Fahd's Fountain, Jiddah". Arabic Media. Retrieved 21 February 2014. [better source needed]
  5. ^ "Jiddah: King Fahd's Fountain". SAMIRAD. Retrieved 21 February 2014.