It’s always an exciting time when you live in Dubai – an emirate that never stops reinventing itself. From record-breaking landmarks to a range of mind-blowing attractions, there is always something to see and do. And there’s now another super impressive addition to the epically long ‘must-see list’ – Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel.
The new ferris wheel on Bluewaters Island has drawn a lot of attention and anticipation since its announcement. It is also the latest jewel in Dubai Holding’s enormous entertainment crown. Wanna reach for the sky in Dubai? Our guide details the experience, ticket prices and other essential information about this fantastic new attraction.
Note: In March 2022, Ain Dubai was temporarily closed until after Ramadan for enhancement works. In April 2022, a further announcement confirmed that the enhancement works would continue throughout the summer months.
Further note: In October 2022, Ain Dubai’s temporary closure period was extended until Q1 2023. At the time of writing, no exact reopening date has been confirmed. We will promptly update this article with any further updates.
About Ain Dubai
Gaze upon the icon Dubai skyline like never before — from 250m in the air!
On 21 October 2021, Ain Dubai Bluewaters Island opened to the public. A one-of-a-kind experience, a ride on this observation wheel lasts around 48 minutes. LED screens in each capsule provide information to visitors on all the landmarks they can spot amidst the captivating 360 views!
The attraction’s name translates to Dubai Eye — a fitting moniker. Those who ride this epic Dubai ferris wheel will be able to spot various landmarks that define the emirate’s iconic cityscape, such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa.
How tall is Ain Dubai?
At 250 metres, the Ain Dubai is taller than High Roller in Las Vegas (168 metres), Singapore Flyer (165 metres), Star of Nanchang in China (160 metres) and the London Eye (135 metres).
There have been many comparisons between Ain Dubai vs London Eye. Find out how these two iconic landmarks measure up against each other!
Interesting Ain Dubai Facts
Dubai Ain by Meraas – also referred to as Dubai Eye Wheel, Dubai Eye Ferris Wheel or Dubai Ain – is a remarkable combination of cutting-edge engineering. Here are other fascinating facts about the attraction.
- Each spoke in the Dubai ferris wheel is longer than a professional football pitch. If you were to lay all the cable wires inside the spoke end-to-end, the total length would be equal to the distance from Dubai to Cairo — a whopping 2,400 kilometres!
- A staggering 9,000 tonnes of steel was used to create the Dubai Eye, 25% more than what was used for the Eiffel Tower.
- The attraction is a marvel of modern European architecture. The high-tech capsules have been manufactured in Switzerland by Swiss Rides on behalf of the project’s main contractor, Hyundai.
EXPERIENCES AT AIN DUBAI
Spectacular Instagrammable views are just part of the experiences at Ain Dubai. Depending on your chosen package, you may have access to a dedicated bar, lounge and more.
Here’s a quick overview of prices for Ain Dubai tickets based on different categories!
Enjoy an Arabian sunset or a glittering skyscape at night, all from the comfort of an air-conditioned cabin. The shared capsule-shaped space offers 38 minutes of pure entertainment. Whip out your phone or camera and snap pictures of famous sights like The Palm, Dubai Marina and Burj Al Arab.
Ain Dubai Views
Adult – AED 130 | Kid – AED 100
1 person, sunset option, shared cabin
Ain Dubai Family Pass
2 adults & 2 kids, sunset option, shared cabin
Ain Dubai Family Plus Pass
2 adults & 2 kids, sunset option, shared cabin, beverage & snack
It’s all about luxury! Step into a premium cabin and get treated like a VIP or enjoy an array of drinks at the Skybar. Ain Dubai’s Seaview Lounge offers luxury check-in and the option to choose from three types of beverage-inclusive tickets. Arrive 45 minutes earlier for the best experience!
Ain Dubai Premium
1 person, shared premium cabin, welcome soft drink, Seaview Lounge access
Ain Dubai Vibes (21+)
1 person, shared premium cabin, lounge access, 2 house beverages
For a luxuriously exclusive experience, book a private cabin at Ain Dubai. The cabins can be customised for a variety of events, including birthdays, weddings and even corporate functions. Private dining experiences are also available as is private bartending. All in all, the private cabins can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time.
Celebrate Ain Dubai Club
private cabin, lounge access, F&B credit
Celebrate Ain Dubai Plus
private cabin, lounge access, drinks packages
- Most of the prices quoted above are starting prices. You may have to pay more for additional facilities.
- Guests aged 12 and above are counted as adults. The prices of tickets for kids applies to visitors aged 3 to 12.
- Children under 3 get free access.
GROUPS AND EVENTS AT AIN DUBAI
From gala dinners and star-studded concerts to grand product launches, you get so many opportunities to make your event unforgettable at the Dubai Eye. Additionally, the facility offers a range of indoor and outdoor event spaces for up to 10,000 guests.
Furthermore, students can also learn about the science that went behind the structure’s construct thanks to several fun activities.
Interested in hiring the venue or planning a school trip to Ain Dubai? Check out the official website for more information about the packages and pricing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the opening hours of Ain Dubai?
You can plan your trip according to these opening hours:
- Timings: 02:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Monday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Tuesday Closed
Important note – From the 24th November 2021 onwards, Ain Dubai will operate from 12 pm to 10 pm every day. On public holidays, operational hours may differ.
How do you get to Bluewaters Island from Dubai?
If you are travelling on Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi, take Exit 31 and follow the signs for Bluewaters Island.
The nearest public transport stations are Jumeirah Beach Residence Tram Station and DMCC Metro Station. There is also a Marine Transport Station on Bluewaters Island for those who want to travel by the Dubai Ferry.
If you’re driving to Ain Dubai, use the location plus code: 34HF+XG Dubai for directions.
Does Dubai have other ferris wheels?
Aside from the Dubai Eye you can ride on a ferris wheel, albeit a smaller one, at Global Village — a popular multicultural theme park in Dubai.
How long does it take to travel to Dubai Eye?
A trip to the attraction takes around 38 minutes. However, visitors are recommended to arrive 30 or 60 minutes earlier. This will give them plenty of time to get over the admission process, use the restroom or purchase snacks before boarding. Please note, the cabins do not have bathrooms. After the cabin experience, you can visit the Seaview Lounge on the first floor or the bistro cafe on the ground floor.
What is the tallest ferris wheel in the world?
The title goes to Dubai Eye at Bluewaters Island. Before the launch of Ain Dubai, High Roller in Las Vegas was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, with a height of 168 metres.
What are some things to do near Ain Dubai?
The Dubai Eye is situated on Bluewaters Island, which means there’s plenty for visitors to do nearby. You can dine at the many popular restaurants on Bluewaters Island — ranging from seafood places like The Selfish Bull to Syrian eateries such as Sah El Nom.
A trip to the Brass Monkey is also an option, Dubai’s hottest new entertainment venue that features a bowling alley, gaming arcade and restaurants. Alternatively, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai can be a good choice for a beachside staycation.
That’s all we have for you on the Dubai Ferris wheel! With Dubai Eye, Bluewaters Island has become one of the most-visited man-made islands in the emirate.
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Note: The cover image is courtesy of the official website of Ain Dubai.