Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

Ain Dubai opens doors to world’s largest observation wheel

Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding and the centrepiece of the $1.6-billion Bluewaters project, opened its doors today (October 21) offering visitors a whole new world of unique experiences.
It was inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, at a special ceremony held in the presence of Mohamed Hadi Al Hussaini, Minister of State for Financial Affairs. 
Ain Dubai is welcoming the world with spectacular family entertainment and performances including a breathtaking light and drone show with fireworks at Ain Dubai Plaza over a two-day celebration.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Ahmed said: "The unique experiences offered to visitors by the attraction, located in the heart of the lifestyle island destination Bluewaters, reflect the emirate’s aspiration to achieve the highest excellence in all sectors and spheres of life."
He was welcomed by Amit Kaushal, Dubai Holding Chief Executive Officer, and key senior representatives from the group. Ain Dubai is the latest addition to Dubai Holding’s diverse entertainment portfolio.
Sheikh Ahmed was then introduced to the observation cabins of Ain Dubai, which provide visitors the perfect vantage point for 360-degree views of Dubai, over the waters of the Arabian Gulf. 
The 48 passenger cabins that circle the enormous circumference of the wheel have the capacity to carry more than 1,750 visitors at once. One complete rotation of the wheel takes 38 minutes.
Ain Dubai’s key components were assembled using two of the world's largest cranes, and the structure used 11,200 tonnes of steel in its construction, 33 percent more than the amount used to build the Eiffel Tower. 
The landmark entertainment venue delivers extraordinary and customisable one-of-a-kind experiences for every occasion. A marvel of engineering, over 10 key countries came together in the making of Ain Dubai.
Sheikh Ahmed later watched a short film documenting various phases of the construction of the observation wheel, which took nine million man-hours to build.
He was also briefed on the hall designated to receive VIPs, and the souvenirs area attached to Ain Dubai that serves tourists and visitors.
The attraction joins Dubai Holding’s extensive entertainment portfolio, which includes Dubai Parks and Resorts, Global Village, Coca-Cola Arena, Roxy Cinemas, leading waterparks and much more. 
It sits at the heart of the unique, must-visit lifestyle destination, Bluewaters, where the charm and exclusivity of island living meets the exuberance of a sophisticated urban lifestyle.
Bluewaters boasts a comprehensive offering spanning hospitality, lifestyle, residential, and leisure and entertainment, including the world-renowned Madame Tussauds Dubai as well as the very first Caesars Palace in the region.-TradeArabia News Service