Ain Dubai, the emirate’s newest record-breaking attraction is set to welcome visitors very soon. After its construction began in May 2015, the landmark will officially open to the public on October 21, amid Expo 2020 and the UAE’s Year of the 50th. Located on Bluewaters Island, the observation wheel stands tall at 250m, making it the tallest of its kind worldwide, surpassing the High Roller located in Las Vegas (167m) and the London Eye (135m).
Ronald Drake, general manager of Ain Dubai, commented: “Ain Dubai offers first-of-its-kind experiences catering to all audiences including luxurious special event cabins; nightlife and party experiences; unique dining and culinary options; family-friendly cabins and customisable romantic experiences for special moments. We are the ultimate celebration destination, so it was only fitting that we celebrate the opening in style. Stay tuned for more exciting details of what to expect from our grand opening, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Ain Dubai.”
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Ahead of its opening, here are four things you need to know about Ain Dubai.
1. There are 48 cabins offering unique experiences
Ain Dubai has 48 cabins that rotate around the 250m-high wheel. These are categorized into three sections: Observation Cabins, Social Cabins and Private Cabins. The Observation Cabin offers stunning views of the Dubai cityscape both during the day and at night, while the Social Cabins are complete with VIP lounge access. The Private Cabin is for those who seek seclusion as it offers with celebration packages for various functions and events.
2. The wheel offers breathtaking views of the Dubai’s cityscape
The focal point of the attraction is the breathtaking, 360–degree view of the city spanning the JBR skyline, the Palm Jumeirah, Bluewaters Island, Dubai Marina, Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. Apart from these landmarks, the azure expanse of the Arabian Gulf can also be viewed from the observation windows.
3. The cabins can hold more than a 1,000 people
The 48 double glazed cabins have the capacity to collectively carry up to 1,750 passengers at a time. They are custom built and fully air-conditioned. A standard cabin can have up to 40 guests, but the number will be reduced to seven or 10 from the same group, in accordance with Covid-19 safety guidelines.
4. Tickets are now available to purchase
Tickets to Ain Dubai can be purchased on the official website with those for adults priced at AED 130, and for children aged between 3 and 12 years, at AED 100. A single rotation of the wheel is around 38 minutes. Ain Dubai will be open from 12pm to 10pm every day. It is recommended that visitors arrive 60 minutes prior to their ticket time.