Continuing in Dubai’s tradition of breaking records, the city will soon be home to the world’s biggest ferris wheel. At 210 metres, the Dubai Eye easily trump the world’s current biggest ferris wheel — the Singapore Flyer, which is 165 metres. This wheel will dominate the Dubai skyline, offering up views of the coastline and the city’s other impressive landmarks including Burj al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa.
This might be upsetting news to folks in New York and Las Vegas. Both of those cities have put forth plans to build the world’s biggest ferris wheel — New York’s would be 190 metres, bigger than Las Vegas’ proposed 168-metre wheel. Considering the developers of the Dubai ferris wheel intend to start construction this month, these American efforts may never even come close to holding the record. Ouch.
The residents of Dubai have followed the city’s footsteps when it comes to breaking world records. So much so that Guinness World Records recently opened up an office in the city, because their representatives had to visit so often.
Top 10 Record Breakers in Dubai
- Burj Khalifa: World’s tallest building (163 floors), highest elevator, fastest elevator, highest restaurant (122nd floor), highest New Year’s fireworks display and highest nightclub (144th floor)
- Dubai Mall: World’s largest mall (502,000 square metres)
- Palm Jumeirah: World’s largest artificial archipelago
- Dubai Miracle Garden: World’s largest natural flower garden (72,000 square metres)
- Dubai Aquarium: World’s largest aquarium viewing panel (32.88 metres wide and 8.3 metres high)
- JW Marriott Marquis Dubai: World’s tallest hotel (72 storeys)
- Dubai Marina: World’s largest marina (4.9 million m²)
- Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace: World’s largest diamond (407.48 carat, on display til April 6)
- Captain Fareed Lafta’s peace mural: World’s largest button mosaic (1,019,078 buttons)
- Expo 2020 flag: World’s largest flag (500,000 square metres and only maybe, if Dubai wins its Expo bid)
Closer to home
If you’re looking for a ferris wheel with a view closer to home, try the Niagara SkyWheel at Niagara Falls, Ontario, which measures 53.3 metres. It’s not too impressive compared to the behemoth in the works for Dubai, but the Niagara SkyWheel does arguably have the better view. And Niagara Falls holds its own world record – the world’s highest flow rate for a waterfall. Dubai doesn’t have that (yet).