Holiday UAE: Tickets go on sale for the world’s largest Ferris wheel in Dubai

Tickets go on sale for the world’s largest Ferris wheel, which opens October 21 and is 820 feet high on Bluewaters Island in Dubai

  • Ain Dubai is over 250 meters high, consists of 48 double-glazed cabins and can accommodate 1,750 passengers
  • More than 9,000 tons of steel were used to build it and the world’s largest type of crane in the world was used
  • The observation booths offer ‘never-before-seen Instagramable 360-degree views’ of the city

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Tickets are now on sale for rides on the world’s largest and tallest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai.

Last year, the TV documentary Impossible Engineering showed how the huge wheel was built in Dubai. Now visitors can finally ride it from October 21.

The record-breaking wheel is over 250 m (820 ft) high, consists of 48 double-glazed cabins and can accommodate 1,750 passengers at a time.

Tickets are now on sale for rides on the world's largest and tallest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai

Tickets are now on sale for rides on the world’s largest and tallest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai

In size and scale, Ain Dubai towers over every wheel that comes before it. It is twice the size of the London Eye, which is ‘only’ 135 meters high and can carry up to 800 passengers.

More than 9,000 tons of steel were used during construction to make the structure. And it’s held up by four legs that each weigh the same as a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

The largest type of crane in the world was used and every part of the wheel was transported to the site by a barge.

The hub and spindle – connecting all the legs – is the heaviest part of the structure, although the rim of the wheel weighs about the same as 16 Airbus A380 jets.

Built on the city’s man-made Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai offers views of Dubai’s skyline and invites passengers to “watch the golden rays of the sunset shimmer over the skyscrapers.”

When it gets dark, Ain Dubai – which opens both during the day and at night – is illuminated with LED lighting.

Ain Dubai claims passengers can enjoy “19 truly unique and customizable experiences” at the wheel, from party packages to cabin dining.

The record-breaking wheel is over 250 m (820 ft) high, consists of 48 double-glazed cabins and can accommodate 1,750 passengers at a time

The record-breaking wheel is over 250 m (820 ft) high, consists of 48 double-glazed cabins and can accommodate 1,750 passengers at a time

The record-breaking wheel is over 250 m (820 ft) high, consists of 48 double-glazed cabins and can accommodate 1,750 passengers at a time

There are three main types of cabins: observation cabins, social cabins and private cabins.

Ain Dubai says the Observation Cabins will offer ‘never-before-seen Instagramable 360-degree views’ of the city.

The Social Cabins offer ‘something for everyone’ drink packages, and passengers can upgrade to a premium cabin for ‘VIP treatment’.

Passengers can also book a ticket to the Ain Dubai Sky Bar Cabins, where drinks are served while the wheel spins.

Finally, the Private Cabins are event oriented and offer party packages for birthdays, weddings, cultural festivities and corporate events.

Each rotation at the wheel takes approximately 38 minutes, although passengers can book two rotations of approximately 76 minutes.

Ain Dubai says Observation Cabins will offer 'never-before-seen Instagramable 360-degree views' of the city

Ain Dubai says Observation Cabins will offer 'never-before-seen Instagramable 360-degree views' of the city

Ain Dubai says Observation Cabins will offer ‘never-before-seen Instagramable 360-degree views’ of the city

The largest Ferris wheel in the world is currently the High Roller in Las Vegas, which is 167.6 meters high. When Ain Dubai is unveiled this fall, it will take off.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Ronald Drake, General Manager of Ain Dubai said: “Ain Dubai offers the first of its kind experiences for all audiences, including luxury booths for special events; nightlife and party experiences; unique dining and culinary options; family-friendly cabins and customizable romantic experiences for special moments.

‘We are the ultimate party destination, so it was only fitting that we celebrate the opening in style. Stay tuned for more exciting details on what to expect from our grand opening, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Ain Dubai.”

Ain Dubai added in a statement: “Ain Dubai is the latest addition to Dubai Holding’s comprehensive entertainment portfolio and plays a strategic role in supporting Dubai’s long-term vision as set forth by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy president and prime minister. from the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to strengthen its global position as a major tourism center and build on the emirate’s reputation as a leader in the global leisure and entertainment landscape.”

Ain Dubai ticket prices start from £26 (AED 130) and can be purchased from www.indubai.com.

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