It’s always an exciting time when you live in Dubai – a city that never stops reinventing itself. Dubai is chock full of record-breaking landmarks and attractions that push the boundaries of technology, architecture, imagination and innovation! And there’s no better example than Ain Dubai, which set to be the world’s largest observation wheel.
Located on the glittering Bluewaters Island, this upcoming observation wheel has drawn attention and anticipation aplenty since its announcement. If you’re curious about when Ain Dubai opens to the public or want to know just how tall Dubai’s epic new ferris wheel is, you can find out all this and a whole lot more below!
What does Ain Dubai mean?
One of the interesting Ain Dubai facts is that its name literally translates to Dubai Eye! ‘Ain’ is an Arabic word that translates to ‘eye’ in English; it’s why many people refer to this upcoming landmark as Dubai Eye Wheel, Dubai Eye Ferris Wheel or even Dubai Ain.
It’s a fitting name as visitors riding the Dubai Ferris Wheel will be able to see the impressive cityscape with famous landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa in view, too!
How tall is Ain Dubai?
While the exact height was initially a mystery, we now know that the Dubai Eye will be an astonishing 250 metres tall. To put this into perspective, the Ain Dubai height will be 200% taller than the world’s first Ferris Wheel!
At 250 metres, the Dubai Eye will be taller than the 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 in our detailed comparison!
Interesting Ain Dubai Facts
Dubai Ain by Meraas is a remarkable combination of cutting-edge engineering and technology, which means we’ve got some fascinating facts about Ain Dubai you have to know:
- The length of each spoke in the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel is longer than that of a professional football pitch. If you were to lay all the spokes end-to-end, the total length would be equal to the distance from Dubai to Cairo: 2,400 kilometres!
- A staggering 9,000 tonnes of steel was used to construct the Dubai Ferris Wheel, which is 25% more than what was used in the Eiffel Tower.
- The attraction will feature a bit of European spirit as its high-tech capsules have been manufactured in Switzerland by Swiss Rides, on behalf of the project’s main contractor, Hyundai.
- As per the latest reports, each Ain Dubai capsule can hold 30 people at a time. There are 48 capsules, which brings the total Ain Dubai capacity to more than 1,400 people!
What will the Ain Dubai experience be like?
Ain Dubai Bluewaters Island will undoubtedly offer a one-of-a-kind Ferris Wheel experience, with smart air-conditioned capsules, bird’s eye views and unique packages. A ride on this observation wheel is expected to last around 48 minutes, with LED screens in each capsule offering information to visitors on all the landmarks they see!
You will also be able to book private cabin experiences to celebrate special occasions, such as a romantic dinner for two or a party with friends. You will also be able to book Ain Dubai cabins for business meetings, product launches, gala dinners and much more. Students will also be able to enjoy educational experiences at Dubai Eye Wheel once it opens to the public.
What is the Ain Dubai ticket price?
Everyone is curious to know just how much a ride on the record-breaking attraction will cost. However, Meraas has not yet shared any Dubai Eye Ferris Wheel ticket prices. Bookmark this page to be one of the first to know the prices for Ain Dubai tickets when they are revealed!
Ain Dubai Construction Update
Wondering how much of the Dubai Eye’s construction is complete so far? In August 2020, the first of the Ain Dubai pods or capsules were installed, marking a new milestone in its construction. As of February 2021, all of the Dubai Eye capsules have been installed on the wheel, and the structure has even lit up in a dazzling display several times in the last few months, which indicates that it’s inching closer to completion.
Ain Dubai Opening Date
While we’re just as eager to know when we’ll finally be able to ride this one-of-a-kind Ferris Wheel, the exact Dubai Ain opening date has yet to be revealed. However, the attraction is expected to start welcoming visitors sometime in 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
We answer all of your burning questions about the Dubai Eye Wheel in the FAQs section below:
Is Ain Dubai open?
While the Dubai Ferris Wheel is not operational yet, you can certainly visit Bluewaters Island and see this awe-inspiring structure up close!
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 2 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.
Does Dubai have a Ferris Wheel?
Aside from the upcoming Dubai Eye Wheel, residents and tourists can enjoy a Ferris Wheel, albeit a smaller one, at Global Village, the city’s beloved multicultural theme park.
What is the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world?
While the High Roller in Las Vegas, standing at 168 metres in height, is the tallest Ferris Wheel in operation, this title will soon go to Ain Dubai at Bluewaters Island, when it reaches completion.
What are some things to do near Ain Dubai?
The Dubai Eye is situated on the happening destination of Bluewaters Island, which means there’s plenty for visitors to do nearby. Dine at the popular restaurants on Bluewaters Island, from fresh seafood at The Selfish Bull to flavourful Syrian cuisine at Sah El Nom.
You can also head to Brass Monkey, Dubai’s hottest new entertainment venue with a bowling alley, gaming arcade and restaurants. Or check into Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and have a beachside staycation unlike any other.
That’s all we have for you (for now) on the upcoming Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel! With the completion of the Dubai Eye on the horizon, Bluewaters Island is only going to grow in popularity. If you’re keen to live in this upscale island neighbourhood, take a look at the apartments for rent in Bluewaters Island. On the other hand, those looking to make smart property investments can consider buying apartments in Bluewaters Island, too. The nearby areas of Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Marina are also known for their high-end apartments for rent and sale!
Aside from Ain Dubai, there are many other upcoming projects in Dubai to keep an eye out for. From the Deira Islands to the Hyperloop and Meydan One Mall, these projects will change the face of real estate, entertainment, hospitality and transport!