World’s largest ferris wheel opens in Dubai

Fireworks light the sky above Dubai during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Eye, known as Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, located in the Emirati city, near the Dubai Marina, on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

The world’s largest and highest ferris wheel opened to the public in Dubai on Thursday (October 21) with a lavish drone and firework show.

Located on the Bluewaters Island, the ‘Dubai Eye’ – known as ‘Ain Dubai’ in Arabic, stands at 250 metres tall.

It can take 1,750 visitors on one rotation, which takes just over 30 minutes.

The Dubai Eye is the latest attraction to open in the region’s tourism and business hub, after the wax work museum Madame Tussauds opened earlier this week.

Dubai is hoping to attract millions to the Expo 2020 world fair, which opened earlier in October, after a year-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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