Ain Dubai

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Ain Dubai
Photograph of the Ain Dubai
General information
TypeObservation wheel
Architectural styleModern
LocationBluewaters Island
Town or cityDubai
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°04′48.4″N 55°07′26.6″E / 25.080111°N 55.124056°E / 25.080111; 55.124056Coordinates: 25°04′48.4″N 55°07′26.6″E / 25.080111°N 55.124056°E / 25.080111; 55.124056
Construction startedMay 2015
Completed2021
Opened21 October 2021 (2021-10-21)
Height250 metres (820 ft)
Technical details
MaterialMetal
Design and construction
EngineerHyundai Engineering & Construction;
Starneth Engineering

Ain Dubai (Arabic: عين دبي) is the world's biggest and tallest Ferris wheel, located on Bluewaters Island, near the Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Ain Dubai and Bluewaters Island

Ain Dubai (previously named the Dubai Eye or Dubai-I[1][2]), at Bluewaters Island in the United Arab Emirates, is the world's tallest and largest observation wheel, with a height of 250 m (820 ft) and was announced in February 2013.[3] Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Starneth Engineering were appointed as the primary design and construction contractors,[3][4] together with KCI, the engineers who designed and engineered the complete wheel structure including the installation engineering. Construction began in May 2015,[5] anticipating completion in early to mid-2019. Further delays pushed the target opening to 20 October 2020, in order to coincide with Expo 2020,[6] but this itself was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wheel opened a year later on 21 October 2021.[7]

Ain Dubai is 82.4 m (270 ft) taller than the previous world's tallest observation wheel, the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014.[8]

The wheel carries up to 1,750 passengers[9] in 48 cabins and provides views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa.[10] Ain Dubai has not been operational since March 2022 for "periodic enhancements". A preliminary opening date has been set for the first quarter of 2023.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dubai's Meraas eyes $234m loan for Ferris wheel scheme Archived 2015-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Ain Dubai is the new name for Dubai-I – update". Time Out Dubai. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Dubai plans to outdo Staten Island in race for world's biggest Ferris wheel". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Dubai to build the tallest observation wheel". Travel. CNN. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ "First leg of Dubai Eye big wheel lifted into place". Middle East Construction News. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ Bhatia, Nehi (7 June 2019). "Hyundai E&C awards Ain Dubai EPCI subcontract to France's Poma". ConstructionWeek. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Dubai Eye: World's largest ferris wheel opens with spectacular drone and fireworks show". independent. Archived from the original on 22 October 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  8. ^ Trejos, Nancy. "World's tallest Ferris wheel opens in Vegas". USA Today. Knight Ridder. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Record-breaking ferris wheel opens in Dubai". BBC News.
  10. ^ "Dh6b tourism project in Dubai unveiled". Gulf News. Retrieved 18 February 2013.

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Records
Preceded by World's tallest Ferris wheel
2021–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent