Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 13 December 2019

'Friends' 25th anniversary: here's how you can celebrate in Dubai

The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain will all be paying tribute to the popular American sitcom

The Central Perk Cafe set on display at the Waterfall Atrium at The Dubai Mall. Courtesy The Dubai Mall 
The Central Perk Cafe set on display at the Waterfall Atrium at The Dubai Mall. Courtesy The Dubai Mall 

Friends is coming to Dubai. Well sort of. The popular American sitcom will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain will be a part of the celebration.

Fans of the show will get a chance to visit the famous Central Perk Cafe set when it goes on display at the Waterfall Atrium at The Dubai Mall from Sunday, September 15. It will then be next displayed on a float at The Dubai Fountain with a backdrop of the Burj Khalifa from Sunday, September 22.

The set will include the signature orange couch, rug, coffee table and other accessories as seen on the show. Best of all, fans will get a chance to take photos while visiting the prop set. If they're lucky, perhaps they can time the fountain show to recreate the show's famous intro:

But that’s not all. Those in town will also be able to catch a special Friends LED show on the Burj Khalifa. On September 22, there will be two light shows at 8.30pm and 9.30pm. The show will be synced with The Dubai Fountain which be playing the theme song I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts.

With this event, the Burj Khalifa joins other landmarks such as the Empire State Building, The London Eye and Madrid Royal Palace in welcoming the Central Perk Cafe in its world tour.

The show first aired on September 22, 1994, and was on for 10 seasons, ending on May 6, 2004. It followed six friends Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross and their adventures in New York City.

Where you can see replicas of the Friends couch around the world:

The Empire State Building (Observation Deck) — New York, USA (September 21—22)

US Bank Tower (OUE Skyspace LA) — Los Angeles, USA (September 16—22)

Maggie Daley Park — Chicago, USA (September 21)

Willis Tower (Observation Deck) — Chicago, USA (September 20—22)

Jackson Square — New Orleans, USA (September 19—22)

Klyde Warren Park — Dallas, USA (September 13—29)

Reunion Tower (Observation Deck) — Dallas, USA (September 16—30)

The London Eye — London, UK (September 22)

Abbey Road — London, UK (September 22)

Ross Fountain/Edinburgh Castle — Edinburgh, UK (September 16)

Cardiff Castle — Cardiff, UK (September 19)

Tower Bridge (Potters Field) — London, UK (September 20)

Jardin du Palais Royal — Paris, France (September 12)

Triton Fountain (Piazza Barberini) — Rome, Italy (September 21—22)

Lucca Comics & Games Fan Event — Lucca, Italy (October 30 — November 3)

Royal Palace — Madrid, Spain (October 1 — November 30)

Berlin Sony Center — Berlin, Germany (September 21—22)

FACTS (Flanders Expo) — Ghent, Belgium (October 19)

The Burj Khalifa — Dubai, UAE (September 16 — October 16)

Bondi Beach — Sydney, Australia (August 28)

Comic Con Africa — Johannesburg, South Africa (September 21—24)

Loft Ginza — Tokyo, Japan (September 18—24)

Watch how the famous sofa was made here:

Updated: September 15, 2019 01:29 PM

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