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Updated February 2023

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 the year 2009.  

After a long temporary closure from March 2022, authorities have finally addressed the reopening of the world’s largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai. With the largest observation wheel set to re-open in the first quarter of 2023, here is everything you need to know.

Ain Dubai news

The largest observation wheel in the world, Ain Dubai, is now set to re-open in the first quarter of 2023. The official website has now announced an extension of the temporary closure of Ain Dubai till the first quarter of 2023 after citing ‘enhancement works’ as the reason for the closure.

Moreover, a statement released on the website regarding the closure states, “We have been working rigorously to complete the enhancement works 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 at Bluewaters Island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The observation wheel stands at an impressive 250 meters and has claimed the throne 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

Given 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 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 at 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?

After closing its doors in March 2022, Ain Dubai is now set to re-open in the first quarter of 2023. The world’s largest observation wheel has now officially announced its reopening after citing ‘enhancement works’ as a reason for the temporary closure.

Please note that the Ain Dubai reopening date has not been announced yet. We will update the 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.

The visitors also had the option to choose Observation Cabins to enjoy views of the city, Social Experiences for entry with beverages & lounge access, and 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 the prices as and when they are released by the officials.

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. That’s 25 percent more steel than what was used to construct the Eiffel Tower!
  • Over 2,400 kilometres 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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