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Old March 24th, 2005, 02:36 PM   #41
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Thats 10m higher that the Singapore Flyer...
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Old March 24th, 2005, 02:37 PM   #42
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That's cool.

I'm sort of jealous of these new cities in the middle east and SE Asia that can just build big, bold structures. In most of Europe planning regulations (rightly in most cases) limit such things.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 02:44 PM   #43
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That's odd. I would say the same for Singapore.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 04:31 PM   #44
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Pretty unique design. Looks cool
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Old March 24th, 2005, 04:38 PM   #45
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Still think this is compensating for something....
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Old March 24th, 2005, 04:50 PM   #46
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What im trying to say is, World Famous landmarks are pretty much limited in Abu-Dhabi. The only thing being offered is a view over a skyscraper jungle and water.

The London eye only works because of the status of buildings around it. This is what people pay to see.

http://www.londoneye.com/flash/eye_view_launcher.html

Marble Arch
Buckingham Palace
MI5
Constitution Arch
Victoria Station
Nelsons Column
Westminster Abbey
Harrods
Royal Albert Hall
Albert Memorial
Westminster Cathedral
The Oval
M16 Headquarters
Battersea Power Station
Imperial War Museum
Lambath Palace
County Hall
Houses of Parliment
Waterloo International Station
Imax Cinema
Oxo Tower
Tate Modern
Globe Theatre
St Pauls Cathedral
HMS Belfast
Tower Bridge
Lloyds Building
Tower of London
Swiss Re - London City Skyline
Royal Festival Hall
Hungerford Bridge
Waterloo Bridge
Charing Cross
Cleopatras Needle
Shell Max House
Somerset House
Covent Garden
Royal Opera House
Aviation Authroity
Centerpoint
British Museum
Senate House
BT Tower
Barbican
Canary Wharf
and obviously, The rest of London ...
Do you know that London Eye is operated and 1/3 owned by DUBAI Goverment now. Another piece of English pride "leaving" for Dubai

BTW, shouldn't be MI6 and not M16
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Old March 24th, 2005, 05:04 PM   #47
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Still nothing worth paying your hand earned cash for.
I think you're being a bit silly over this. There are some stunning buildings being built in dubai. I'm sure this will offer some great views of them.

My only concern is the size. As it is much larger than the London Eye how will they balance the getting on/off versus the speed of the wheel. The Eye is a much smaller circle so it has a fairly long trip but still moves fairly slowly so people can get on/off without it stopping all the time.

With this planned one the wheel is much larger so the distance a pod has to travel is longer, they will either have to have the wheel go faster to keep the trip at a reasonable trip length for people, but this will cause problems for people getiing on/off. Or they will have to make it go slowly so people can get on/off but then have a really long trip time. Or they will have to have it go fast-stop-fast-stop-fast-stop so everyone can get on/off but not people up there for ages.

Anyone who has been on the Eye will know how quickly it moves and that they only really stop it for old/disabled people. Everyone else has to do a quick walk to get on as it moves along the curved platform.

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Old March 24th, 2005, 06:12 PM   #48
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Do you know that London Eye is operated and 1/3 owned by DUBAI Goverment now. Another piece of English pride "leaving" for Dubai

BTW, shouldn't be MI6 and not M16
yes right and they also bought the whole tussauds group worldwide
the wax figures are now in dubai's possession
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Old March 24th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #49
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Do you know that London Eye is operated and 1/3 owned by DUBAI Goverment now. Another piece of English pride "leaving" for Dubai

BTW, shouldn't be MI6 and not M16
yeah but most of Dubai is being designed, built and staffed by british and foreign labour.

I also think, despite who owns the Eye, Britian can still be proud of it! It is a stunning piece of engineering and looks very nice in London. We can also be proud that it is so nice that foreign comapanies see it as a good investment! Lets hope they start building some towers in London, they would make far more money if they build some of the dubai towers in London, far more!
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Old March 24th, 2005, 06:50 PM   #50
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I love the design. It looks awesome!!!
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Old March 24th, 2005, 07:09 PM   #51
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What im trying to say is, World Famous landmarks are pretty much limited in Abu-Dhabi. The only thing being offered is a view over a skyscraper jungle and water.

The London eye only works because of the status of buildings around it. This is what people pay to see.

http://www.londoneye.com/flash/eye_view_launcher.html

Marble Arch
Buckingham Palace
MI5
Constitution Arch
Victoria Station
Nelsons Column
Westminster Abbey
Harrods
Royal Albert Hall
Albert Memorial
Westminster Cathedral
The Oval
M16 Headquarters
Battersea Power Station
Imperial War Museum
Lambath Palace
County Hall
Houses of Parliment
Waterloo International Station
Imax Cinema
Oxo Tower
Tate Modern
Globe Theatre
St Pauls Cathedral
HMS Belfast
Tower Bridge
Lloyds Building
Tower of London
Swiss Re - London City Skyline
Royal Festival Hall
Hungerford Bridge
Waterloo Bridge
Charing Cross
Cleopatras Needle
Shell Max House
Somerset House
Covent Garden
Royal Opera House
Aviation Authroity
Centerpoint
British Museum
Senate House
BT Tower
Barbican
Canary Wharf
and obviously, The rest of London ...

Every city is different my friend, you don't need that many attractions to build a ferris wheel. Abu Dhabi has it's own distinct feel to it, and it's a very nice city. It's got the advantage of the sea and I consider that a big +. In the end, hopefully this project will work out just fine.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 07:10 PM   #52
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yeah but most of Dubai is being designed, built and staffed by british and foreign labour.

I also think, despite who owns the Eye, Britian can still be proud of it! It is a stunning piece of engineering and looks very nice in London. We can also be proud that it is so nice that foreign comapanies see it as a good investment! Lets hope they start building some towers in London, they would make far more money if they build some of the dubai towers in London, far more!
Off topic, but I can tell you there are 80,000 Britons in the UAE.


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^You idiot. Abu-Dhabi is not jungle and water.

It has a huge skyline to look at.

Hahahaha man .
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Old March 24th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #53
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almost 1/5th of Dubai's population is British ...
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^You idiot. Abu-Dhabi is not jungle and water.

It has a huge skyline to look at.

You fool, read it properly you ignoranous chimp.
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Old March 24th, 2005, 07:30 PM   #55
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You're a complete dolt.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 01:17 AM   #56
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This looks like a ferris wheel with two large supports, note the two large supports on either side of the actual wheel.....the London Eye is an observation wheel suspended over the River Thames - similar to say a suspension bridge where the cables and supports keep the towers up and force the pressure out, so I don't really see the competition here! I also don't agree with birminghamculture's list (some aren't even visible due to surrounding buildings around the city), but the purpose of a ferris/observation wheel is to look around at the surroundings....now I haven't been in Abu Dhabi for what - maybe 4 years now, but its not exactly the most interesting city to look around at. Like you would be totally dumbfounded at trying to figure out any famous world reknown buildings to look out for in Abu Dhabi to observe once your going around, unlike you might in say London, Paris, etc... Now its great looking over water (I'm unsure of the exact placement along the island), but how many people would like looking into the ocean for the majority of their trip. A better placement would in my humble opinion be in Dubai which at least has some things to observe.

Also why on earth are there apartments on it (they are apartments right?) - cool idea, but possibly impractical? I assume people will live in them and be content with people going around on the ferris wheel looking into their apartments!!!




Altind_Carnut - I don't agree with our "friend" birminghamculture (wish he was banned), but I wouldn't push it too far with the Dubai-stance. Afterall, until the al-Maktoums persuaded the British to make Dubai a port of call, Dubai was nothing more than a fishing village. The British you could argue set the ball rolling, to a lesser extent than what happened in Singapore and Hong Kong.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 01:26 AM   #57
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i agree that abu dhabi is not the best city to have a look over from an observation tower or ferris wheel.....yet

there are a couple of projects coming up with loads of new towers and many artificial islands off the coast
a new leisure park will be built in which this ferris wheel will be located

it's hard to find out anything about the abu dhabi projects, as there are no news, but the city is doing a lot currently
it's extremely hard to gather info on non-dubai projects, even for dubai it's hard sometimes

there is more in the pipeline, even rumours about a wtb in abu dhabi!
abu dhabi could easily cope with dubai, they are way richer than dubai and could invest a lot for themselves and with the recognition of dubai it would be easy to develop abu dhabi to a metropolis like dubai will be one very soon.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 01:30 AM   #58
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Now for the topic at hand.

Enough of big Ferris Wheels.

Not that the Dubai one is no good, everybody and his brother wants a huge ferris wheel.

I don't find them exciting. This one belongs in Las Vegas for sure. From all the elaborate and superb buildings going up in Dubai, sometimes KITSCH like this thing will sprout.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 01:43 AM   #59
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Do you know that London Eye is operated and 1/3 owned by DUBAI Goverment now. Another piece of English pride "leaving" for Dubai

BTW, shouldn't be MI6 and not M16
Actually the Dubai government controls and investment firm that now controlsa company which has 1/3 of the shares in the London Eye and runs it day to day. Which is hardly the same.

Especially considering Tussauds have done their damndest to squeeze every penny they can from the project, at the detriment of its long term future.

As for the UAE wheel. It looks OK, but the surroundings dont really warrant it, and from certain angles it seems to look rather vulgar. Plus you just have to shout "get your own idea". This aside, if it were anywhere else but the UAE i would say the thing probably wont be constructed.

EDIT: PS. This is my first post O.O what have i been doing all this time, slacking and not posting! I should be ashamed of myself.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 06:43 AM   #60
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It would be absolute to look at all those Artificial Islands...
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