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02 March 2024

Ready to roll: Dubai island home to world's largest ferris wheel ready

An artist's impression of the Meraas Holding development, off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline. (Supplied)

By Parag Deulgaonkar

The island that will house Dh6 billion Bluewaters Island, home to the Dubai Eye, the world’s largest ferris wheel, has been fully reclaimed, Emirates 24|7 can reveal.

This website had reported in June 2013 that work had started on the Meraas Holding’s development off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline.

Construction for Dubai Eye was scheduled for the second quarter of 2013. Hyundai Contracting and Starneth Engineering have been appointed as primary contractors for the design and construction of Dubai Eye.

Image: The Bluewaters Island in the background is fully reclaimed. (Parag Deulgaonkar)

The 210-metre Dubai Eye will offer magnificent views of Dubai’s coastline and iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa, the developer had said.

The piazza at the base of the wheel will serve as an entertainment zone and a unique venue for special occasions and conferences. Additionally, a large LED screen mounted on the wheel will create an innovative electronic platform for broadcasting, adverts, and interactive information.

Abdullah Al Habbai, Chairman of Meraas Holding, had said at the launch of the project: "The Dubai Eye will serve as yet another iconic structure and will distinctively dominate the Dubai skyline. We are confident that Bluewaters will develop into a key attraction for the UAE, further enhancing Dubai’s status as the preferred global entertainment and retail hub. With its refreshing and well-appointed mix of amusement avenues as well as dining and shopping choices, the island city will provide limitless options for smart living and leisure."

Bluewaters Island, a mixed-use development, is set to be one of the largest tourist hotspots in the world. It will feature demarcated retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones.