Beijing Water Design has been picked to build a "dancing fountain" for Dubai developer Nakheel's lifestyle destination The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah.
Nakheel called Beijing Water Design one of "China's largest fountain specialists" after awarding the $17.9m (AED66m) contract to deliver and operate the 12,000m² choreographed fountain.
Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel, called the contract award "a major milestone for The Pointe".
"Palm Jumeirah, our flagship project, is already one of the most popular, sought-after destinations for Dubai’s residents and tourists," he added.
"The Pointe, our latest addition to this ever-evolving island, is an iconic, must-see attraction that adds a new dimension to the city’s dining, retail, and entertainment scene."
Located 5km from Dubai mainland, The Pointe has been years in the making and the project was lunched in 2012. At the time, Nakheel said it would be completed in 2016. It is now expected to be ready by Q4 2018.
The 13ha food and shopping area on Palm Jumeirah features a 1.5 km promenade, a dine-in cinema, the synchronised dancing fountain, a gym, beauty salons, and 1,600 parking spaces. People travelling on foot can reach The Pointe by using the Palm Monorail, which runs between the Atlantis resort and Al Sufouh.
Nakheel is also planning to have The Pointe accessible by boat, so visitors from Palm Jumeirah’s hotels and resorts have an another way to visit it.
The Pointe's total construction cost stands at $217m (AED800m).
In February 2014, the master developer handed a $102m (AED375m) to Gulf Technical Construction Company (GTCC) to build The Pointe. When it awarded the contract to GTCC, a subsidiary of Drake & Scull, Nakheel said The Pointe would be completed in 2016.
Freyssinet Gulf was the groundwork contractor for The Pointe.