Updated 22 October 2021
Dubai is a lot of things to a lot of people, and for many, it has and always will be the city of superlatives home to some of the biggest, tallest and luxurious undertakings the world has ever seen.
The Burj al Arab, the ridiculously extravagant hotel, is considered the world’s most luxurious hotel, while the Dubai Mall, with a total area of 12 million square feet, is undoubtedly the world’s biggest shopping mall. 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.
With the futuristic Dubai striving to outperform itself in various facets, the question on everyone’s mind is understandably ‘what’s next?’
Today, the answer to that question is Ain Dubai, or the Eye of Dubai, the world’s tallest observation wheel is finally set in motion on October 21.
What is Ain Dubai?
Ain Dubai is an observation wheel at Bluewaters Island off the coast of Jumeriah Beach Residence (JBR). Upon inauguration, Ain Dubai is standing 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 will allow anyone to gaze at Dubai’s colorful skyline as well as providing a 360 degrees bird’s eye view of the surrounding sea. While the elevated view will surely amaze guests, Ain Dubai has a one-of-a-kind dining experience aboard its dining capsules/pods. There will also be six VIP pods available for anyone wishing to host or celebrate special events.
What types of pods will be offered?
According to the official webpage, 48 state-of-the-art pods, allowing 10 people at a time will be available to the public. These pods are 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.
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.
An upgraded version of the observation pod, the social pod offers VIP lounge access complete with a bar prominently placed at the center of the pod. The Lounge Plus ticket entitles guests to access to 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.
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 was the Ain Dubai open?
Ain Dubai is now open to doors to its luxe cabins on 21 October. The World’s Largest Observation Wheel has officially welcomed its first public riders on Thursday October 21 from 12 PM to 10 PM. The maximum capacity of a standard view cabin is 40 guests, but will run on a reduced capacity of ten guests per cabin from the same group due to COVID-19.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets are now available on the Ain Dubai website. Prices range from AED 130 to AED 4700, depending on the type of cabin you choose. You can 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 guests with a variety of F&B options.
Observation Cabins: Starting from AED 130
Social Experiences: Starting from AED 175
Private Cabins: Starting from AED 1800
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 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.