Bluewaters Island

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Bluewaters Island
General information
Status Under construction[1]
Location Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, near Dubai Marina
Coordinates 25°4′52.86″N 55°8′38.67″E / 25.0813500°N 55.1440750°E / 25.0813500; 55.1440750Coordinates: 25°4′52.86″N 55°8′38.67″E / 25.0813500°N 55.1440750°E / 25.0813500; 55.1440750
Construction started April 2013[2]
Estimated completion Q1 2018[1]
Cost AED 6 billion[2]

Bluewaters Island is a development project under construction 500 metres (1,600 ft) off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, near Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The project was approved by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, and unveiled on February 13, 2013.[2][3] It will be built on reclaimed land by Meraas Holding, with dredging work to be conducted by Van Oord, the Dutch firm known for its work on Palm Jumeirah, and will cost AED 6 billion (1.6 billion USD, including the Dubai Eye).[1] Construction was originally due to start in April 2013,[2] but actually began on May 20, 2013.[1]

It will include entertainment, hospitality, residential, and retail zones, and is forecast to attract more than three million visitors annually.[2][3]

Dubai Eye[edit]

Bluewaters Island will feature the AED 1 billion ($270m[1]) Dubai Eye, a 210-metre (689 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel. If completed, it will be taller than the current world's tallest Ferris wheel, the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014,[4] and 19.5 m (64 ft) taller than the 190.5 m (625 ft) New York Wheel wheel planned for Staten Island,[5][6] which is expected to open in 2016.[7][8]

Design and construction are to be undertaken by Hyundai Contracting and Starneth Engineering.[9] Construction was originally due to begin in June 2013, and completion was originally expected to be sometime during 2015.[10]

The wheel will provide views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa,[2] and its base will serve as an entertainment zone, and a large LED screen will be mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information.[2]