Award-winning global fountain company Ghesa Fountains is all set to make a splash in the region with its products that combine water, lights and sound to create some of the most striking architectural features in the world.
The Spain-headquartered specialist in the design, supply and installation of ornamental and cybernetic musical fountains and multimedia shows is setting up a regional office in the Middle East to tap into the region’s burgeoning real estate markets. In a strategic move, the company – which already has overseas representation in Portugal, Brazil and China – will start operations from its new office location in Dubai next month.
Ghesa Fountains’ CEO Carlos Pissarra comments: “The Middle East is a vibrant market with great potential. Our decision to open a dedicated regional office here in Dubai is primarily due to the lack of quality water fountains especially in public spaces. Dubai and indeed Abu Dhabi are being used as a global point of reference and we felt that as such they deserved water features to match if not enhance their global status.”
“So far in the UAE, we have already undertaken project work for Emaar and City of Arabia, as well as the consultancy work on the fountains in Mall of the Emirates. However, with a permanent local presence we expect to make further announcements about new projects in the near future,” adds Pissarra.
Ghesa Fountains have installed more than 3,000 landmark water features all over the world and its credentials are impeccable, with an impressive array of world-firsts including the award winning Magic Water Circuit in Peru. Its flagship project in the Parque de la Reserva in Lima has now been declared a historic national heritage and monumental urban environmental site by the United Nations. Ghesa beat over 50 international companies for the $13 million project, which at 82 m high, is claimed to be the world's tallest geyser installed in an urban park, with 13 cybernetic and large-dimension fountains combined with swinging jets, dynamic flowers, water screens, multimedia fountains, and a three-watt LED multi-colour illumination. The project will be listed in this year's Guinness Book of Records.
Ghesa has also broken records in Portugal with a landmark sculptural fountain, the first and only geyser in the Atlantic Ocean. In Macau, China, it has also installed the biggest floating and the largest interactive fountains in South Asia. Elsewhere, its impressive project list boasts the cybernetic and interactive fountain for the new Wembley Stadium in London, a cybernetic and multimedia floating fountain in Tunis, a cybernetic fountain with three-watt LED technology illumination, in Antibes, France and a 150-m multimedia floating fountain in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ghesa’s world-class pedigree is underscored by the quality of ots project teams which include architects, creative designers, landscape architects, engineers and programmers. It supplies prestigious projects with top quality materials and exclusive (patented) equipment combined with state-of-the-art technology to control water, lights and sound.
“Having the latest original patented designs and technology, together with top-class experienced professionals, gives Ghesa a competitive edge. We offer a turnkey operation and accept full responsibility, minimising risk,” concludes Pissarra.
Ghesa, a multinational company, was created in 1963 as an initiative of several Spanish electric utilities in collaboration with the American consulting engineering company Gibbs & Hill, which assumed the role of technological partner until the sale of its shares to the Spanish participants in 1992.