JBR Set to Deliver the Dubai Eye: The World’s Largest Ferris Wheel
Bye, bye Singapore Flyer, hello Dubai Eye! As part of the $1.65 billion Bluewaters Island project off of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, plans have been approved for the Dubai Eye, the world’s biggest ferris wheel to begin construction. Dubai is set to break another world record, fueling its passion for the extravagant.
And once again, Dubai is out to prove that it is back on track from its past years economic woes of the 2009 downturn to deliver the world’s largest playground for all to enjoy. Bluewaters Island, a major retail and family entertainment outlet designed by Starneth BV, will be built on a man-made island off the coast of Dubai, near Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Its promenade filled with a myriad of shops and dining venues along with its other attractions, is sure to become a key attraction and a unique form of fun to the area.
At 210 metres, the equivalent of 68 stories, this ferris wheel will surpass the record of 165 metres currently held by the Singapore Flyer. It will 75 be metres higher than the London’s Eye and 58 metres higher than the wheel planned for Staten Island, New York. As another icon to fill its magnificent skyline, it plans to attract over three million visitors a year with its amazing unobstructed views of Jumeirah Beach’s stunning coastline.
The site plan also includes private residential buildings and a luxury 5-star hotel, and pedestrian bridges that will provide easy access to JBR beach and mainland from Sheikh Zayed Road. Other added conveniences include a monorail and a cable car, making it a breeze to move about the attractions.
Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in April of this year, under the watchful eye of the Dubai-based real estate developer, Meraas Holding. The first phase of the project which will include the island itself and the entertainment and retail facilities is expected to take two years to complete, and the second phase which includes the residential properties is targeted for completion the following year.
With rising market confidence, Dubai is rebounding in a big way, and this new attraction is just one of the many being planned for this city as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. We look forward hearing about many more.
Holidaymakers visiting Dubai can hope to avail its luxurious hospitality and a bite from its duty free markets. But, there is more for grabs apart from
the city’s leisure outlets, and it is the thrill of adventure that you should be knowing about. Dubai Autodrome is one such place one should look forward to spending plenty of time at while visiting this city.
The autodrome is an F.I.A. sanctioned, world class motorsports circuit, measuring 5.39 km of tracks in length. The place has been home to some top level racing events in the recent times, these include the final round of the 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season, the December 2005 A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship from 2004 to 2006.
Dubai Autodrome was conceived and started in 2004 to help develop the UAE’s national motorsports at various levels. Not only the professional race drivers, marshals and race officials, volunteers and support staff, but also friends, family and fans of those taking part in competitive events can ask for membership at the Dubai Autodrome Motorsport Club (DAMC), a body managing competitive and non-competitive events at this circuit.
Following are some key Dubai Autodrome events that one should watch out for:
1- The UAE Touring Car Championship over eight days, which allows the participation of a wide range of automobiles, thus providing a great fillip for the battle of supremacy in each class.
2- The UAE Sportbike Championship in two classes, one combined for 1000cc stock and 600cc Superstock machines and the other for 600cc stock motorcycles.
3- The Gulf Radical Cup Series, which has grown popular in the whole of Middle East. The event is overseen by GulfSport Racing, an exclusive distributor of the British made Radical Sportscar.
4- The DAMC Red Line Challenge for all standard road cars. Obviously this draws the maximum participation in each event. There are two segments of this Challenge, one for furnishing driving skills, and the other for speed
5 - The DAMC Sprint Challenge, a bridge between the Red Line Challenge and the National Race Series, is held during each summer for cars and motorcycles under a floodlit circuit.
6- A separate section for karting is also available at this circuit. Kartdrome, as it is widely known, is an indoor and outdoor arena for karting for adults of over 13 and the kids of 7-12 years.