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Everything you need to know about the Ain Dubai

Everything you need to know about the Ain Dubai

With a track record of breaking world records, it comes as no surprise that Dubai is preparing to open the world’s tallest observation wheel. Here, Musement explores everything you need to know about the Ain Dubai.

Ain Dubai, sometimes referred to as the Dubai Eye, is set to be the world’s tallest observation wheel. After lengthy construction and covid delays, the Ain Dubai is in the final stages of its construction and is due to open in October 2021, to coincide with the postponed Expo 2020.

The Ain Dubai will provide its riders with an unrivalled view of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. The enormous wheel is located on Bluewaters Island, a vibrant lifestyle destination which offers retail, hospitality and entertainment options. And in case you didn’t know, the name, Ain Dubai, derives from the sixteenth letter in the Arabic alphabet (Ayn), which translates to eye in English.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about the Ain Dubai:

The world’s tallest observation wheel

The enormous observation wheel stands at over 250 metres tall, making it the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Once open, the gigantic structure will trump the previous world record holder, the High Roller in Las Vegas, which stands at 167 metres tall. And it will certainly blow the London Eye out the water, which only stands at 135 metres tall. In addition, this record-breaking landmark will stand at over 200% taller than the world’s first ever Ferris wheel!

The engineering

A city built on innovation and imagination, it seems like nothing is too big or ambitious for the architects behind Dubai’s buildings. Built at an estimated cost of AED 1 billion ($270m), the Ain Dubai is an engineering marvel. The project is being developed by Meeras, who are also known for their work on the Palm Jumeirah. The incredible masterpiece is said to be made from more than 9,000 tonnes of steel, which is 25% more than the amount used to build the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Each spoke is longer than a full-scale football pitch and the central wheel rim weighs as much as 16 Airbus 380 aircrafts.

The Ain Dubai experience

The Ain Dubai will be able to carry up to 1,400 people at a time and features 48 passenger cabins. A full rotation will take 48 minutes in a fully air-conditioned cabin. The cabins are fitted with LED screens and will offer its riders information on the spectacular views which stand before them. There is also an opportunity to book a cabin for private use and some of the cabins will have licensed bars, so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage whilst appreciating some of the best views of the city.

Breaking yet another world record, The Ain Dubai is also rumoured to feature the world’s highest rope-climbing platform. At a height of 150 metres, this will be the ultimate adrenaline inducing experience for adventure seekers.

 

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The views

The cabins will provide fantastic 360-degree views of Dubai’s iconic skyline. With panoramas like no other, look out for the magnificent Dubai landmarks such as the Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa. Visit the wheel during the day to escape the Dubai heat and enjoy the cool air-conditioned cabins as you look out at the crystal-clear views of your surroundings. Or go for a ride at night and see the illuminated Dubai skyline come alive with lights and projections.

Bluewaters Island

After your visit to Ain Dubai, take the opportunity to explore Bluewaters Island. Feeling hungry? Then head to one of the many restaurants on the island. Featuring some top restaurants, such as Hell’s Kitchen and The London Project, you won’t be disappointed. Sit back and relax at Cove Beach, the island’s only beach club. Or visit The Rotunda at the famous Caesars Palace, which hosts concerts, comedy shows and performances.

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