Murmurs of excitement were heard everywhere in and around Dubai this week as new images of the eagerly anticipated ‘Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel’ surfaced across numerous forms of social media. The images show the massive amusement park ride in a state that is ostensibly near completion.
Located just off the coast of Dubai’s JBR Beach, the Ain has repeatedly been touted as the largest Ferris Wheel in the world. It will reportedly have a capacity of 1,400 passengers and will take around 48 minutes to complete one full rotation! Each pod will have room for up to 40 people each, with some pods set to be dedicated towards providing luxurious fine dining experiences!
“Ain Dubai reflects our ambition of creating new destinations that contribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, vision of a city where people are encouraged to create, explore and enjoy. The destination is designed to bring people together from around the world and will enhance Dubai’s reputation as a leading choice for business and leisure travellers. It also embodies the pioneering and innovative nature of a city that has pushed the boundaries of modern engineering,” Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, said. “تعكس دبي دبي طموحنا المتمثل في خلق وجهات جديدة تساهم في سمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي، ورؤية مدينة يشجع فيها الناس على الإبداع والاستكشاف والاستمتاع. يهدف إلى جمع الناس معا من جميع أنحاء العالم، وسوف يعزز سمعة دبي كخيار رائد للمسافرين من رجال الأعمال والسياح، كما يجسد الطبيعة الرائدة والمبتكرة للمدينة التي دفعت حدود الهندسة الحديثة “عبد الله الحباي، وقال رئيس المجموعة في ميراس. #aindubai #theaindubai #uae #bluewaterisland A post shared by Ain dubai (@theaindubai) on
The gargantuan Ferris wheel has cost the UAE government a hefty 208 million pounds but if these pictures are any indication of the finished product, this has been money well spent! We can only speculate at this point as it has not been opened to the public, but current estimates say that the Ain will stand at a staggering 210 meters tall when it is finished.
As you can see from the breathtaking photos above, the Ferris wheel is a colossus of modern engineering and will present a beautiful sight to both tourists and residents alike! The Ain dwarfs other Ferris Wheels by a proverbial country mile; outclassing a list that includes the 167-meter-tall High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-meter New York Wheel.
We will say that it’s probably best to reel in your excitement; the wheel is not scheduled to open until at least later this year. We’ll reconcile ourselves with internet images for now, but it goes without saying that we’re counting the days till the Ain Dubai’s grand opening!