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Updated April 2024

Dubai is a lot of things to a lot of people, and for many, it has been and always will be the city of superlatives, home to some of the biggest, tallest and most luxurious undertakings the world has ever seen. 

The Burj al Arab, the ridiculously extravagant hotel, is considered the world’s most luxurious hotel. At the same time, the Dubai Mall, with a total area of 12 million square feet, is undoubtedly the world’s biggest shopping mall. Moreover, at the forefront of it all stands the towering Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, whose reign as the world’s tallest building has remained unchallenged since 2009.  

The Wheel was temporarily closed in March 2022 for enhancements. In this article, Wego will offer pertinent information regarding the Ferris Wheel, ticket prices and the speculated re-opening date. 

Ain Dubai news

As of April 2024, The official website has only addressed the reason for the temporary closure of Ain Dubai by citing ‘enhancement works,’ and no re-opening date has been promised.

The following is the statement released on the website regarding the closure, which states, “Ain Dubai remains closed until further notice as we continue to rigorously work on completing the enhancement works that have been taking place over the past months. Once a reopening date is set, a further announcement will be made. In line with our commitment to offering guests an experience unlike any other, we look forward to introducing new and exciting offers when we re-open Ain Dubai for visitors to enjoy from across the globe”.

What is Ain Dubai?

Ain Dubai is an observation wheel on Bluewaters Island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). At an impressive 250 meters, it has claimed the title of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel from the High Roller in Las Vegas. 

Its impressive height allows anyone to gaze at Dubai’s colourful skyline as well as provide a 360 degrees bird’s eye view of the surrounding sea. While the elevated view is enough to amaze visitors, Ain Dubai is a one-of-a-kind dining experience aboard its dining capsules/pods. There were also six VIP pods available for anyone wishing to host or celebrate special events.  

What types of pods were offered? 

Please note that authorities have promised the introduction of new and exciting offers after the re-opening of Ain Dubai for visitors to enjoy from across the globe. We will update the offers as and when they are released by the officials

Below is information regarding the pods offered by Ain Dubai before its temporary closure:

As per the official webpage, previously, 48 state-of-the-art pods, allowing 10 people at a time, were available to the public. These pods were categorized into three types, namely observation pods, offering a 38-minute trip for a bird’s eye view of the glittering city below; social pods, a premium version of the observation pod including beverages; and private pods to be perfect for a group get-together and other private events.

Observation pods

These basic pods provide the quintessential Al Ain experience and will be available throughout the day and night. A family pass option will be available with extra amenities such as snacks and drinks for the duration of the 38-minute trip. A special sunset ride will also be offered.

Social Pods

An upgraded version of the observation pod, the social pod offers VIP lounge access, complete with a bar prominently placed at the centre of the pod. The Lounge Plus ticket entitles guests to access the VIP lounge and one house beverage. The Vibes Plus ticket is for over 21s only and gives free access to roam the pod and enjoy two drinks from the dedicated bar. The Premium option offers a more luxurious private cabin with three drinks from the bar and F&B after the trip to the Seaview Lounge.

Private Pods

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Anyone wishing to host or celebrate special events may take advantage of the private pod. Whether for birthdays, engagements, weddings, business functions or any other celebration, the private pod is the ideal option to book. A range of package options is available, including a private three-course dinner experience throughout two rotations of the wheel.

When is the Ain Dubai re-opening?

As mentioned before, the authorities have not promised a re-opening date and are working on completing the enhancement works. However, after the temporary closure of the world’s largest observation wheel, speculation has been rife. 

Please note that we will update the re-opening date information as and when released by the officials.

How much do tickets cost?

Previously, before its temporary closure, as per the Ain Dubai website, the ticket prices for Ain Dubai ranged from AED 130 to AED 4700, depending on the type of cabin visitors chose.

Visitors also had the option to choose Observation Cabins to enjoy views of the city, Social Experiences for entry with beverages and lounge access, or Private Cabins to hire a cabin for up to 10 visitors with a variety of F&B options.

Please note that the new ticket prices have not been updated yet. We will update them as and when the officials release them.

What are some cool facts about Ain Dubai?

Here are some cool facts about the Ain Dubai observation wheel:

  • Ain Dubai consists of 48 capsules capable of accommodating a total of 1,750 guests at any given time.
  • Each ride will last approximately 38 minutes.
  • Over 9,000 tonnes of steel were used in the construction of Ain Dubai – 25 percent more steel than was used to construct the Eiffel Tower!
  • Over 2,400 kilometers of cable wires are utilized in Ain Dubai’s construction, which is effectively the distance between Dubai and Cairo!
  • The length of each permanent spoke cable is longer than a professional football pitch.
  • Ain Dubai has dwarfed the High Roller in Las Vegas in terms of height by 83 meters. 

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