Dubai Is Opening the World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel

What does Dubai mean when they say they've built the world's tallest Ferris wheel? For starters, each leg is longer than 15 London buses.


By Cailey Rizzo

Sep 24, 2021

WHEN DUBAI DOES ANYTHING, you know it’s going to be the biggest, fastest, or most luxe version in the world. And next month, in true Dubai style, the city will debut the largest and tallest observation wheel in the world. Set to open October 21, the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel will soar to more than 250 meters off the ground, offering views of the Dubai Marina, glittering skyline, and Bluewaters Island.

But, of course, this isn’t like a normal Ferris wheel experience. VIP passengers will have the opportunity to dine in their own personal cabin or book a private bartender to whip up drinks while the wheel spins.

A trip around the wheel will last approximately 38 minutes and is available to book either day or night. While waiting to board the Ain Dubai, passengers can watch a large LED screen mounted to the wheel for city highlights.

Ain Dubai means “Dubai Eye” in Arabic — but it goes much higher than other “eyes.” Dubai won’t just have the world’s tallest Ferris wheel; it will reach nearly twice the height of the London Eye and each leg of the wheel is more than 120 meters long (longer than 15 London buses). The wheel will be capable of carrying up to 1,750 passengers at a time in its 48 separate cabins.

The wheel will offer a variety of different cabins, all air-conditioned against the Dubai heat. Passengers can choose between observation cabins or social cabins (with a bar inside). And there are even private cabins that can be booked for special events like weddings or birthdays.

Tickets are now available to book, starting at AED130 (US$35).

The opening of the tallest Ferris wheel coincides with the Dubai World Expo, which was delayed last year due to the pandemic. The 2020 World Expo is scheduled to open on October 1 and will run until March 31, 2022. Check back with T+L Southeast Asia next month for our on-site review of this major international event.

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