World’s tallest observation wheel; Ain Dubai will be open in October 2020

Located on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai adds one more item to the list of world records to be broken by Dubai

Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest observation wheel, will be formally opened in October to coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai.

 

Located on Meraas’ Bluewaters Island, which also includes entertainment, retail, residential and hospitality offerings, the opening of the Ain Dubai, 250-metre high attraction was announced by this week on Twitter by the Dubai Media Office.

Capable of carrying up to 1,900 passengers at a time, Ain Dubai has 48 double-glazed capsules that will provide 360-degree views of Dubai.

Currently, the world’s tallest observation wheel is the High Roller in Las Vegas, which has a height of 167 metres. The second tallest is the London Eye, with a height of 135 metres.

Set to commence on 20th October, Expo 2020 Dubai will feature hundreds of themed and interactive pavilions, as well as immersive cultural experiences and live entertainment.

Expo 2020 Dubai is a World Expo that’s going to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. A World Expo is a mega international event in terms of size, scale, and duration and visitor numbers.

It’s a festival and a platform where people from all over the world come together and connect with each other, share ideas, learn and innovate. It’s also a place you can come and have fun.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, and the first to be hosted by an Arab nation.

Last year, more pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020 were unveiled, including Italy and Morocco’s offerings, and Singapore’s net-zero energy pavilion designed by WOHA.

Have there been World Expos in the past? What was the first World Expo?

The first World Expo was London’s Great Exhibition of 1851. Since then World Expos have been held in many countries around the world organized around a theme that attempts to improve our knowledge in arts, culture, science and technology.

How frequently are the World Expos held?

They are organized every five years and last for six months.

Is there an organization for World Expos?

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation that regulates and oversees World Expos, preserving the core values of education, innovation and cooperation on behalf of its 170 member states. It was founded in 1928.

Where did the last Expo take place?

The last Expo took place in 2015 in Milan. Its theme was ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. It focused on nutrition and food. It was the second time the city hosted a World Expo, with the first being in 1906.

When did the Dubai win the Expo?

On November 27, 2013, the UAE was elected as the host country of World Expo 2020 during the 154th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). This was the outcome of the voting of the 164 nation members. Dubai won by a resounding majority of 116 votes, leaving behind its contestant Yekaterinburg in Russia with only 47.

What have World Expos given us in the past?

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Seattle Space Needle, the typewriter, television and even Heinz Tomato Ketchup are some of the things that World Expos have given us.

Does the Expo 2020 Dubai have a theme as well?

Yes each Expo revolves around its own theme to leave a lasting impact on the path of human progress. Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

What is the logo of Expo 2020 Dubai?

In March 2016, Expo 2020 Dubai revealed its new logo, which was inspired by a ring found at the Saroug Al Hadeed archaeological site.

How many people will be attending the Expo?

Over six months more than 200 participants, including 192 countries, and millions of visitors, will come together to celebrate Expo 2020 Dubai.

What are the subthemes of Expo 2020 Dubai?

Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Opportunity is unlocking the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future.

Mobility is to create smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas, both physically and virtually.

Sustainability is respecting and living in balance with the world we inhabit.

How many country pavilions can I visit?

192

How much are the tickets?

A single-day adult (18 and over) ticket will cost Dh120 (USD 33), while a three-day pass, which can be used on any three days during the 173 days of the Expo, will be priced at Dh260 (USD 71).

Your ticket will give you access to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, including 60 live shows a day, future-shaping technologies, performances from world-famous artists, daily parades, cutting-edge architecture, special celebrations and more than 200 food and beverage outlets serving a world of cuisines.

Are children and senior citizens allowed free?

There is free access for children aged five and under and seniors aged 65 and over.

What about school students?

Youth aged six to 17 and students of any age will receive 50 per cent discount, while people of determination will be granted complimentary access, with their carers entering for half price.

What is the Expo School Programme?

The Expo School Programme has been engaging with schools and students of the UAE in the build up to Expo 2020 and will be creating memorable journeys for them during the six-month event.

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