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The observation wheel of Ain Dubai is now complete



The Dubai Media Office has tweeted an image of Ain Dubai (the larger than life Ferris wheel in JBR), and it looks like the attraction could be up and running or, rotating, sooner than we think.

The image posted just yesterday, shows that the eighth and final section of the massive wheel – it is some 210 metres high, surpassing the 192-metre wheel in New York as the world’s largest Ferris – has been successfully installed.

Now, all that’s left for them to install the 48 capsules, each of which will be able transport roughly 40 guests at time. The developers also need to complete the landmark’s 4D cinema, which will inform visitors of the city’s rich history and culture.

If you are new to Dubai or have been away for a while, here’s a bit more information about the project.

  • The wheel is the focal point of Bluewaters Island, which will be a destination with leisure and entertainment, retail, hotels and beach clubs and residences.
  • The ‘flight’ of the wheel is expected to be around 48 minutes long, giving you an ever-changing view of the city.
  • The project is being developed by Meraas, the same company responsible for some of the city’s most alluded destinations like City Walk, La Mer and The Yard.
  • Aside from the observation wheel and a 4D cinema, the project will feature a number of dining and retail facilities.

To help you envision the magic that will be Ain Dubai, we’ve added a neat little video below.

While we’re on the topic of new attractions, here are two more up-and-coming projects that we can’t wait to explore.

1. Cityland Mall
It’s not just another mall. Well, it is, another mall, but this one has unique twist that we’re interested in. Right in the centre of what will be Dubai’s largest single floor retail space is 200,000sq ft of open air gardens to wander around. We can imagine taking a break from stomping around the shops to catch our breath in the fresh air. But only if the weather is cool enough, mind.
Fun Fact: There will be over 75 different dining options, a hypermarket, 350 stores and a 10-12 screen cinema.

2. Mohammed bin Rashid Library
Once complete, the project that is located in the Al Jaddaf area of the Dubai Creek, will feature 4.5 million books. Aside from housing a plethora of information, the library will feature a selection of artefacts from the Al Maktoum family’s personal collection as well as a centre for the restoration and conservation of books. It will also host a number of events such as culture and education festivals through its numerous exhibition and lecture halls.
Fun fact: The building has been designed in the shape of a “rehl” – the traditional lectern often used to carry the Holy Quran.

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