Have you spotted the giant Ferris wheel under construction, while strolling along the JBR shore?
That’s Ain Dubai (which translates to Dubai Eye), a project on Meeras’ Bluewaters Island.
Once completed, the 210-metre attraction is set to become the world’s largest Ferris wheel! That’s even higher than the 135-metre London Eye, the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island, in New York City.
Better yet, there will be 48 double-glazed passenger capsules, some of which will be converted in to restaurants and bars with a stunning 360 degree view of Dubai.
Ain Dubai is now more than halfway complete, after the installation of the fifth wheel rim. We cannot wait for the capsules to be installed next year!
Fun fact: Did you know each rim section weighs approximately the same as two Airbus A380s?
“The assembly of the rim at Bluewaters is one of the most exciting phases in the construction of Ain Dubai, as it marks the arrival of the centrepiece of the island and another addition to Dubai’s impressive skyline,” says Omer Delawar, Chief Project Officer at Meraas.
He adds: “With the first five sections of the wheel rim already connected to the hub, two winch devices have been fitted to rotate the wheel in a way that will allow Ain Dubai to receive the sixth, and subsequent sections of the wheel rim.
Besides the iconic Ain Dubai, Bluewaters island will also feature residential, hospitality, shopping and entertainment zones – including 200 retail and dining concepts.
Connected to the mainland with a direct roadway from Sheikh Zayed Road, Bluewaters will operate a mono rail system to transport visitors to the entertainment zone from the metro station. In addition, a pedestrian bridge will link the island to the JBR beachfront.
See infographic below for some fun facts: