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Sunday 24 October 2021

Meet the world's largest observation wheel

Ain Dubai, the world's largest and tallest observation wheel, was finally set in motion this week.

Located on Bluewaters Island, it is one of the most anticipated attractions in the United Arab Emirates and has been planned since 2013, the Khaleej Times reported.

Passengers can board one of 48 luxurious cabins, each able to carry up to 40 guests. At any one time there can be up to 1,750 people on the wheel.

One complete rotation of the wheel takes 38 minutes and locals says it is "steady as a rock".

At 250 metres, the Ain Dubai is almost twice the height of the London Eye.

The previous tallest wheel - the Las Vegas High Roller - stands at a height of 167.5 metres.

Workers from over 10 countries came together to create Ain Dubai, with the steel wheel structure produced across the UAE, South Korea and Germany.

The UK, France and Netherlands provided key engineering and project management expertise and Ain Dubai was built using the two largest cranes in the world.

The observation cabins provide 360-degree views of Dubai and over the waters of the Arabian Gulf and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. 

Construction began in May 2015 but the opening was delayed by the Covis-19 pandemic.

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