The soon-to-be largest Ferris Wheel (Ain Dubai) inches closer to completion; is expected to be ready in 2019.
Renamed ‘Ain Dubai’ (previously ‘Dubai-I’) aka ‘Dubai eye,’ is located on Bluewaters Island, Dubai’s newest man-made island destination off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline. It has been in construction for a while now and is more than half-done and it’s a sight to take a look at already!
About Ain Dubai’s Design and Construction:
The observation wheel project cost is AED 1 billion ($270m). Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has constructed the majestic observation wheel, which is the heftiest (weighing an impressive 1,805 tons) and tallest (a 210-metre/ 689 ft structure). It will offer marvelous views of Dubai Marina and its renowned landmarks (Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa).
The formation resembles a gigantic bicycle rim with 192 spoke cables connected to the hub and spindle of the wheel. Its “base will serve as an entertainment zone, and an 80-metre (260 ft) LED screen will be mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information,” as told on the official website (dubaieye.eu/ain-dubai/).
For the magnitude of the project, the wheel is an engineering masterpiece, the first of its kind in the industry. It will be a truly spectacular must-visit attraction to view Dubai from the skies, said Omar Delawar, Chief Projects Officer at Meraas. Once completed, Ain Dubai will be able to carry up to 1,400 passengers in its 48 capsules which will offer 360-degree views from its glass windows; they are expected to be installed in 2018 and will ensure a smooth ride as the wheel rotates. Ticket price: Coming soon (TBD).
Ain Dubai will serve as the centerpiece of Bluewaters Island that will also feature more than 700 residences, two five-star hotels and 200 retail and dining outlets, according to Brian Schofield, vice-president of projects at Meraas. So, this project will engage audiences of all ages in new and exciting ways. Surely, this island will be another of the list of things to do in Dubai as it will feature entertainment, retail, residential and hospitality offerings.