Beat the heat watching water dance

August 06, 2014 - 1:52:31 am
People enjoy a musical fountain show on the Doha Corniche as part of the Qatar Summer Festival events.(Baher Amin)

BY RAYNALD C RIVERA

DOHA: The choreographed fountain system installed on the Corniche continues to entertain its visitors with several spectacular shows every night presented as part of the Qatar Summer Festival that launched on Monday.

Set on a 200M system, 118 pumps that shoot water as high as 60M dancing to the music while illuminated by 118 lights enthrall hundreds of onlookers nightly.

“We have nine shows each night from 7pm to 11pm, with five different variations. The shows have seen increasing attendance from the public since we started yesterday (Monday),” Alihan Tokmak, General Manager of Hexagon, told The Peninsula yesterday.

Doha-based event management company Hexagon has partnered with Flash Art, a German multimedia show company, in the staging of the show, which took over four weeks to prepare.

The length of each show varies from six to 10 minutes depending on the music track.

“We have five music tracks, two of which were made by our creative director especially for the festival, while the three were recommended by the QTA,” explained Tokmak.

“The length of the system is 200m and we are using 118 pumps and 118 lights on the system. There are big geysers which can go up to 60M high while the regular pumps can go up to 15M,” he added.

Synchronising all the different elements of the show is no easy task for the creative director in order to present a spectacular show to the public.

“Every single note is synchronised to one effect of the fountain and the lights. Every single note requires creativity,” he said.

Impressed by the show, Abdel Kader, one of the spectators, said the shows add colour to the already vibrant atmosphere of the Corniche which has been attracting visitors who take photos with the imposing Doha skyline as the backdrop.

“There is another reason for people to come to the Corniche during the summer,” said Kader, who came with his entire family last night.

“This is truly a sight to be seen by everyone and people have the whole summer to enjoy the show,” said Siraj, another onlooker.

This is not the first time Hexagon has staged such spectacular show in Qatar.

“We have already done multimedia shows in Katara during last year’s Eid festival; it was water, fireworks and laser show combined. Our partner Flash Art from Germany was the special effects company who did the fireworks for the 2006 Asian Games opening ceremony,” said Tokmak.

Qatar Summer Festival’s ‘Fountain Fun’ show continues on the Corniche near the Orry statue every night until September 27.

THE PENINSULA

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