Ain Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Since Ain Dubai’s inauguration in fall 2021 prior to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors from the UAE and across the globe. The observation wheel is the not only the newest addition to the activities´ portfolio but also a new jewel of Dubai's Bluewaters Island, a slice of reclaimed land covered in swanky cafes, ritzy shops, a Madame Tussauds waxworks and – further thumbing its nose at Vegas – it's very own Caesar's Palace hotel.

Comprising 11,200 tonnes of steel, Ain Dubai soars slowly above it all. A single rotation of the wheel takes 38 minutes, at a pace kindly described as 'leisurely'. Each of the 48 glass cabins – happily, the floor is not glass – pause dramatically at the apex to look out over the emirate. The cabins measure 30 square metres apiece and can accommodate up to 40 people, though those numbers have been dramatically cut in this era of the pandemic, and there are just 13 masked passengers in our cabin; one positive (no pun intended) effect of COVID-19.

The highlight of it is definitely the view overlooking the famous Palm Jumeirah stretched just right aside from the Ain Dubai and Dubai Marina skyline which has changed over the past decade. We opted for 7pm time to see the Dubai covered at night with millions of lights shining everywhere however good timing is also the golden hour between daylight and sunset. As for the cabin, spacious, modern with bright clean white left us speechless as we kept moving around the circle.

The cabin before us is the same as ours – an air-conditioned glass cabin with 360-degree views and a bench seat in the centre – but the cabin behind us is a Skybar, which I've dubbed the Bubble Bubble. For an extra 70 dirham ($A26) a head, you get two glasses of sparkling wine. Once you load off the cabin, do not forget to head to the souver shop where you can see unlimited options for you to take home to your relatives and loved ones. For more information and booking regarding Ain Dubai, do not hesitate to go over its website

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