2019’s most awaited attraction in Dubai is none other than the city’s very own Ferris wheel, namely Ain Dubai. And, since the city of superlatives settles for nothing less, Ain Dubai is touted to be the world’s largest Ferris Wheel once completed. Located on Bluewaters Island at a staggering height of 210 m, Dubai Eye will showcase Dubai's glittering coastline and the city’s impressive skyline.
The exact date of opening has not been announced, but Dubai Eye is due to open in the first half of 2019.
What is Ain Dubai?
Ain Dubai, which translates to Dubai Eye is Dubai's version of the London Eye. Set to be the largest and highest in the world at a height of 210 m, Ain Dubai promises 360-degree views of the city and its coastline. To put its height to perspective, know that the Eiffel Tower in Paris stands is 300m tall and the London Eye is 135m tall. On your Dubai Eye experience, expect sweeping panoramas of Dubai and its iconic landmarks like the Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa. This view is said to exceptionally beautiful around sunset when the city is veiled in pink and ombre hues. Make sure to plan your visit around sunset to witness this magic.
Not only is it's height mind-boggling, but so is its weight. Ain Dubai, along with its hub, spindle and other parts is expected to weigh almost 9,000 tonnes total. To put this into perspective, know that the steel laced Eiffel Tower weights only 7,300 tonnes. So, Dubai Eye weighs 25% more than the Eiffel Tower! In order to move the sections of the wheel rim, the engineers have had to use cranes with a lifting capacity of 3000 tonnes!
Onboard Dubai Eye
The Dubai Eye has 48 capsules with a total capacity of 1400 pax. Each capsule is 30 square meters in size and made entirely of glass. 40 people can comfortably fit in each of these capsules and a complete ride/round takes about 45 minutes. Fun Fact : Each leg of the observation wheel stands at a height of 126 metres and is long enough to fit 15 London buses.
Like most other projects in Dubai, Ain Dubai one will fall in line with the overriding vision of smart technology driven Dubai. All 48 capsules will feature smart climate control and will be fitted with LED screens offering travellers information on the spectacular views around. Dubai Eye also has VIP capsules with private fine dining that can seat upto 12 people. 6 capsules will also have licensed bars, so you know where to head for the best sundowner in Dubai now.
Ain Dubai For The Adventure Lovers
The Dubai Eye is not like every other Ferris Wheel. It has an edge to it that no one knows and adrenaline junkies are going to love this! One of the legs of the towering structure will be fitted with the highest rope-climbing platform in the world. At a height of 150 metres, the structure will now be breaking two world records! There's only so much we know about this for now, but sounds exciting eh?
The Bluewaters Island
Bluewaters Island Project developed by Meraas is an entertainment project on a reclaimed land, about 500 meters off the JBR coastline. Channelling a zesty vibe that blends island calm with urban buzz, Bluewaters Island brings together residential, hospitality, lifestyle and leisure at a vantage point with stunning views of the ever-dynamic Dubai skyline.
This man-made island is touted ( not entirely complete) to feature ten apartment buildings with world class gyms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, basketball courts and children’s play areas. The island will also have two hotels with direct access to a 450 metre private beach. The Wharf, is the home to all the shopping and eating action, connected by walkways dotted around low-rise boulevards.
The very centerpiece of this mega attraction is Ain Dubai. Madame Tussauds Dubai is also underway construction on Bluewaters Island and is set to open doors in autumn this year.
Dubai Eye Practical Information
As Ain Dubai is not yet open, the prices of the ticket and the timings are yet to be announced.
Dubai Eye Location
Dubai Eye Directions
The Bluewater Islands where Ain Dubai is located stands right across Jumeirah Beach Residences and a 20-minute drive from City Walk. Both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum Airport can be reached in 30 minutes while Abu Dhabi Airport is just 45 minutes away. the island is connected to the mainland via a direct link from Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as a 265-metre-long pedestrian bridge from The Beach. We strongly recommend the 15 minute stroll on the pedestrian bridge with sweeping panoramas of the azure Arabian waters.
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