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In pictures: World's biggest Ferris wheel to turn in Dubai

February 14, 2013

The developers Meraas Holding said the island, which will include the 210-metre Dubai Eye, is expected to attract more than three million visitors a year. Courtesy Dubai Media
The developers Meraas Holding said the island, which will include the 210-metre Dubai Eye, is expected to attract more than three million visitors a year. Courtesy Dubai Media


The Bluewaters Island project to be built near Jumeirah Beach Residence was given the go-ahead by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Courtesy Dubai Media
The Bluewaters Island project to be built near Jumeirah Beach Residence was given the go-ahead by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Courtesy Dubai Media
Phase two is expected to be completed 12 months later and will include low-rise residential buildings. Courtesy Dubai Media
Phase two is expected to be completed 12 months later and will include low-rise residential buildings. Courtesy Dubai Media
It articulates Dubai's long term vision to become a key tourism hub in the world. Courtesy Dubai Media
It articulates Dubai's long term vision to become a key tourism hub in the world. Courtesy Dubai Media
The Ferris wheel alone will cost Dh1bn. Courtesy Dubai Media
The Ferris wheel alone will cost Dh1bn. Courtesy Dubai Media
The project will feature a souq, a promenade, restaurants and a food hall offering fresh produce, a five-star hotel and private homes, all of which will be connected by a monorail and a cable car. Courtesy Dubai Media
The project will feature a souq, a promenade, restaurants and a food hall offering fresh produce, a five-star hotel and private homes, all of which will be connected by a monorail and a cable car. Courtesy Dubai Media
The two-phase island project is expected to be completed within three years. Courtesy Dubai Media
The two-phase island project is expected to be completed within three years. Courtesy Dubai Media
The world's largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye, will be built off the coast after plans for a Dh6 billion entertainment project were approved. Courtesy Dubai Media
The world's largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye, will be built off the coast after plans for a Dh6 billion entertainment project were approved. Courtesy Dubai Media
Construction of the Dubai Eye is expected to start before June 2013 - it will surpass the 165-metre Singapore Flyer that was completed five years ago. Courtesy Dubai Media
Construction of the Dubai Eye is expected to start before June 2013 - it will surpass the 165-metre Singapore Flyer that was completed five years ago. Courtesy Dubai Media
Market analysts are confident the new initiatives will take shape and boost tourism. Courtesy Dubai Media
Market analysts are confident the new initiatives will take shape and boost tourism. Courtesy Dubai Media
The world's largest Ferris wheel will prove to be a must-visit experience for visitors and residents in the UAE. Courtesy Dubai Media
The world's largest Ferris wheel will prove to be a must-visit experience for visitors and residents in the UAE. Courtesy Dubai Media
Dubai Eye hopes to offer panoramic views of Dubai's coastline and landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. Courtesy Dubai Media
Dubai Eye hopes to offer panoramic views of Dubai's coastline and landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. Courtesy Dubai Media
The development will be connected to the mainland by a bridge from the Sheikh Zayed Road and a pedestrian bridge to the JBR beachfront. Courtesy Dubai Media
The development will be connected to the mainland by a bridge from the Sheikh Zayed Road and a pedestrian bridge to the JBR beachfront. Courtesy Dubai Media
The first phase - which includes the Dubai Eye, retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones - will be ready in two years. Courtesy Dubai Media
The first phase - which includes the Dubai Eye, retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones - will be ready in two years. Courtesy Dubai Media
The world's largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye, will be built off the coast after plans for a Dh6 billion entertainment project were approved. Courtesy Dubai Media
The world's largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye, will be built off the coast after plans for a Dh6 billion entertainment project were approved. Courtesy Dubai Media