AKA Dubai Ferris Wheel – here’s what you need to know
Opened on 21 October 2021, here’s what you need to know about the sensational new addition to the Dubai skyline – Ain Dubai!
Ain Dubai – or as it was referred to in the early stages of development, Dubai Eye – stands a staggering 250 metres high on the man-made development of Bluewaters Island – snuggly in between the Palm Jumeirah and popular tourist hotspot JBR.
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With surprising and immediate effect, Ain Dubai announced its temporary closure on 14 March 2022 for “periodic enhancements”. It is expected to reopen after Ramadan but no date or further information has been given. Early 2023 is the latest estimate.
Facts about Ain Dubai
Originally due to open in line with Expo 2020 in Dubai, unsurprisingly, with COVID the opening was pushed back a year in line with the revised Expo 2020 timings to October 2021.
Here’s what you need to know about Ain Dubai, the largest observation wheel in the world!!
- The Ain Dubai project was announced in 2013, and construction commenced in 2015 – it was completed in 2021.
- The primary design and construction contractors are Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Starneth Engineering.
- The project for the wheel itself has an estimated cost of AED 1 billion ($270m).
- The wheel already stands at a staggering 250 metres tall.
- Upon it;s opening in October 2021, Ain Dubai became the tallest observation wheel in the world, surpassing the current record holder the 167.6m (550ft) High Roller in Las Vegas by 42.5m (139ft).
- The wheel has 48 capsules and will be capable of carrying 1,900 passengers.
- One ride around the wheel will take 38 minutes.
- 9,000 tonnes of steel were used in the wheel’s construction.
- Each spoke cable that holds the wheel in place weighs 5 tonnes and is the length of one football pitch!
- 2,400 kilometres of cable wires are housed inside the spoke cables.
- A multi-purpose tourist attraction, one of the wheel legs will also host the highest climbing platform in the world.
Tickets to Ain Dubai – How much does Ain Dubai cost?
You can now purchase tickets to Ain Dubai, starting from 130AED per person for standard shared “Observation Cabins“.
The capsules have a capacity of 40 people (though they may not be filled to capacity at this time in line with COVID social distancing measures).
Standard Shared Cabin Experiences on Ain Dubai
- Ain Dubai Views (shared cabin, non-rpime hours) 130AED adult/100AED child
- Ain Dubai Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children, Shared Cabin) from 370AED family
- Ain Dubai Prime (shared cabin, 5PM and 7PM slots) 180AED adult/150AED child
- Ain Dubai Premium Prime (shared cabin 6PM slots) 250AED adult/150AED child
Note children are considered 3 to 12 years old, under 3’s are free.
Drink-inclusive options on Ain Dubai
Open to over 21’s only due to UAE licensing laws:
- Ain Dubai SkyBar Vibes (2 cocktails or Mocktails, shared cabin) From 200AED non-prime/350AED primetime
- Ain Dubai Premium with Bubbly (2 glasses bubbles, premium cabin & VIP lounge) from 500AED
- Ain Dubai Premium with Mocktails (premium cabin & VIP lounge) from 250AED
Ain Dubai Private Cabins
Book out an exclusive cabin just for your group. Off-peak you can book up to 10 people, or Primetime up to 20 people
- Ain Dubai Private from 1,550AED
- Ain Dubai Private Plus (Premium lounge check in + F&B Credits) from 1,800AED
- Ain Dubai Private SkyBar (Private cabin + Cocktails) from 3,800AED
- Ain Dubai Premium Private (VIP Lounge, Private cabin + cocktails) from 4,000AED
- Ain Dubai Premium Bubbly Private (VIP Lounge, Private cabin + bubbly) from 4,700AED
Ain Dubai Combo Tickets
At present, we are aware you can get a combined “Inside Burj Al Arab + Ain Dubai” entry.
We expect there will be more combo tickets with other attractions still to come.
Ain Dubai is not available on discount offers such as The Entertainer, Groupon or Cobone.
Opening times for Ain Dubai
- Ain Dubai is open from 12:00pm to 10:00 pm daily.
- Ticket holders will be asked to arrive 60 minutes before their booked time to prepare for boarding.
NB there are a select few blackout dates where Ain Dubai has been booked for private events, please check the calendar of available dates in advance to avoid any disappointment
What else is there to do in Bluewaters Island
Designed as a luxury urban retreat, you will find at the heart of Bluewaters a trendy dining and retail district, marked by distinctive canopy structures that look particularly sensational when lit up at night.
With 132 leisure and retail units, it’s certainly one of Dubai’s up and coming destinations to watch out for.
Currently, Bluewaters is dominated by the Caesars Resort complex and the ultra-trendy Cove Beach – one of Dubai’s top beach clubs.
As well as Ain Dubai opening in 2021, the first GCC Madame Tussauds Dubai also opened in October.
You can find our full guide to Bluewaters here
How to Get to Ain Dubai
Ain Dubai is accessible via car, metro, foot and even by water!
Ain Dubai by foot
You can get to Bluewaters easily on foot from Jumeriah Beach Residence (JBR) – The Beach over a pedestrian footbridge known as The Wharf Link that connects the two beachside entertainment zones of the city.
Ain Dubai by Dubai Metro
The closest Metro stations are:
- Damac Metro Station (9 min walk)
- Dubai Marina Mall (12 min walk)
Ain Dubai by water taxi
A newly-opened water taxi station Bluewaters Wharf Station services. Water taxis operate between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm daily. See the RTA schedule, or arrange a private charter calling
Ain Dubai by car
There are over 2000 parking bays on-site making it easy to self-drive, or alternatively, catch a taxi or ride-sharing service to the door. You need Exit 31 from Sheikh Zayed Road.
Where to stay near Ain Dubai
If you want to stay in the heart of the action on Bluewaters, you have a few choices:
Caesars at Bluewaters
There are, in fact, two Caesars hotels sitting side by side. Both are 5-star offerings with numerous on-site dining options and the Qua Spa. There is also a residential building that can be rented by Dubai holidaymakers looking for a little extra space.
Beyond the Caesars complex, there are many private luxury apartments on Bluewaters that can be rented via Airbnb, providing access to superb modern facilities, perfect for longer-term guests in Dubai. You can check out all the nearby options at Bluewaters here:
Hope you are as excited as we are about the opening of Ain Dubai and the sensational new views it will bring of the city. You can check out our complete guide to the best views in Dubai here
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