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Dubai Eye: World's tallest Ferris wheel 'Ain Dubai' to open in 2020

Dubai Eye: World's tallest Ferris wheel 'Ain Dubai' to open in 2020

Dubai: The first visitors will be able to take up a spot on 'Ain Dubai' or Dubai Eye - the world’s tallest observation wheel - some time just ahead of the Expo 2020’s opening date on October 20, 2020. And they can get a bird’s eye view of Dubai from a height of 250 metres.

In terms of comparison, it will go past the 167 metre tall High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas, and the 135 metre tall London Eye.

For now, Ain Dubai is in the final stretch of its construction - the eighth and final 450-tonne temporary spoke was removed from the structure and the last of the permanent spoke cables installed.

This “marks the first time the modern observation structure has been one complete wheel since construction began,” Meraas said in a statement. (The eight temporary spokes and braces were originally installed to hold the rim segments in place during the construction of the wheel.)

Among Dubai’s other super-high structures, Ain Dubai will still stand tall; the Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park stands at 150 metres, and there is the observation deck on the Burj Khalifa, which is 555 metres up in the sky. Another vantage point to take in the Dubai skyline will come atop the Palm Tower, with an infinity pool perched at 210 metres height.

The opening of Ain Dubai was initially scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019, but now an opening day ahead of the Expo 2020 sure makes for a grand occasion.

For now, the Bluewaters Island is becoming a hub of activity on the freehold side. Direct from developer sales are rated as “robust”, according to GCP, with prices of a one-bedroom from Dh2.1 million, two-beds at Dh2.6 million and above, and three-beds from Dh3.5 million. Residents have already moved into some of the apartment blocks.