King Fahad’s Fountain
Seawater is ejected some 200 m. from this massive fountain that can be seen from around the city.
They make a powerful symbol in the evening sky: A dimming orb and a curving jet of water, a scene of breathtaking beauty that man has yet to equal with any artificial construction.
That simple graceful jet of water is the final glorious result of a very complex piece of engineering. In the manner of the swan, the fountain is all grace and poetry above water level, but working furiously underneath.
The fountain that dominates the Jeddah skyline today is the second one built as a landmark for the city, both within the perimeter of the Salam Palace. The first, built between 1980 and 1983, was very much after the style of the freshwater fountain in Lake Geneva and reaches 140 meters (460 ft). It lofts about seven tons of water into the air at any one moment at a nozzle speed of around 200 km/h (124 mph).