Dubai architecture isn’t known for being terribly understated. After all, it’s committed to an underwater hotel, floating luxury islands, the longest arched bridge in the world, and countless super-structures such as the Burj Khalifa.
But Dubai hasn’t exhausted its love of vying for various “world’s tallest” titles just yet. There are plans afoot to build a ferris wheel that’ll knock the 165-metre Singapore Flyer out of the record books.
The Guardian reported on new plans to build the world’s tallest ferris wheel as part of the just-approved Bluewaters Island project near the Jumeirah Beach Residence.
The Dubai Eye will stand 210-metres (or nearly 690-feet) dwarfing other famous ferris wheels such as the London Eye, which stands at 135-metres or 443-feet tall. We’re feeling a serious case of vertigo just thinking about it. The colossal attraction will cost Dh1bn to build and will be the focal point of the Bluewaters Island, a leisure development that will be home to retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones.
Construction should start before June and the entire island development is expected to be completed within three years. The developers, Meraas Holding, believe the whole undertaking should bring three million visitors to the island a year.
Dubai’s skyline is full of structures that look like they’d belong in an architect’s fever dream. We can’t wait to see what other far-out, futuristic developments they come up with next.