It was more than two decades ago when audiences first met the shows' six characters – Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe – in New York. Hugely popular American comedy show, Friends, went to become a pop culture phenomenon.
Now, local fans in the UAE can take a trip down memory lane and enjoy their favorite TV show in style.
To mark one of the best-loved television shows’ 25th anniversary, a Friends-themed Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain show will take place next week.
The show’s signature track "I’ll be there for you" by The Rembrandts will be added to the world’s largest choreographed fountain’s musical repertoire on September 22 at 8:30pm and 9:30pm. The special water performance will coincide with a dedicated Friends-themed show on Burj Khalifa’s LED screen on the same day.
In collaboration with Warner Bros US, the show’s Central Perk Café replica set will be displayed by the Waterfall Atrium in The Dubai Mall starting from today. Fans can now capture memorable photos and recreate a few of the sitcom’s memorable scenes on the signature orange couch with the red rug, coffee table and other accessories that were seen in the series.
It will be later moved outdoors on a floatie on The Dubai Fountain against a backdrop of the world’s tallest tower where it will stay for one month, commencing from September 22.
Dubai is one of the few global destinations celebrating more than two decades of the US show and taking one of 30 replicas of the series’ ‘Central Perk’ sofa as they embark on a world tour. The city’s Burj Khalifa joins other landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Madrid Royal Palace, Loft Ginzam and the London Eye among a number of iconic global destinations welcoming the sitcom’s iconic coffee shop set.
The US sitcom was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. It premiered on September 22, 1994, and ended its successful run in 2004 after 10 seasons.
According to ratings tracker, Nielsen, Friends was revealed to be the third most popular show on Netflix last year. From next year, it will shift to WarnerMedia's HBO Max platform with a hefty price of $425 million for five years.