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Hi, well the tallest ferris wheel for now is in Sharjah, enjoy:

A new landmark is taking shape on the Sharjah skyline with the installation this week of the all-steel A-frame that will hold the 'Eye of the Emirates', a 60-meter-high observatory wheel that will be the tallest of its kind in the Middle East, Africa, and West & Central Asia.

Daniel During, Managing Partner of Thomas Klein Intl., which is managing Qanat Al Qasba.

The 'Eye of the Emirates' is part of Qanat Al Qasba, Sharjah's ambitious entertainment and cultural hub due to be inaugurated in mid-April, which was commissioned by the Qasba Development Authority in line with the vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme Council Member.

Standing proudly on Sharjah's Qasba canal, the 'Eye of the Emirates' is expected to become a key attraction at Qanat Al Qasba. Her Highness Shaikha Bodour Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Qasba Development Authority, explains: 'Our vision was to create an impressive structure that would allow people to see and appreciate Sharjah's rich mix of tradition, culture and modernity. We are confident the Eye of the Emirates will become Sharjah's most visible icon and portray a fresh, vibrant image of the emirate.'

Shaikha Bodour pointed out that the 'Eye of the Emirates' will provide a glimpse of the rich line-up of leisure, cultural and entertainment activities that are being offered as part of the Qanat Al Qasba attractions. 'Both during the day and at night, the Eye will bring the Al Qasba area to life and will be a matter of civic pride for Sharjah residents, who can now appreciate their city even more and show it off to the rest of the world,' she added.

Qanat Al Qasba was conceived by reputed regional leisure consultants Thomas Klein International, who are confident that the 'Eye of the Emirates' will prove a popular springboard to the area's extensive cultural and entertainment attractions. 'The Eye of the Emirates will be highly visible feature of Qanat Al Qasba leisure hub. There is nothing like it in the Middle East and the surrounding areas, and we expect it to be a strong draw for people to visit Qanat Al Qasba,' said Daniel During, Managing Partner, Thomas Klein International.

The wheel is being built in the Netherlands according to the latest technology and highest safety standards. It will feature 42 fully air-conditioned passenger cabins, or gondolas, attached to its external rim, with each gondola accommodating eight people at a time. Passengers will enjoy a panoramic view of 25-30 miles, including breathtaking aerial views of Sharjah and Dubai.

The capsules are aerodynamically shaped for least wind resistance and tuned mass dampers are attached to the outer rim to prevent the wheel from vibrating at its natural frequency. The large glass windows that surround passengers ensure that the views are magnificent and, because the capsules are secured to the outer rim, the views are unobstructed.

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Eye of the Emirates rising to provide a rare glimpse

By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter
Sharjah: A new tourism landmark is changing Sharjah's skyline.

The Eye of the Emirates, a 60-metre high observatory wheel at Al Qasba Canal, when completed will be the tallest of its kind in the Middle East, Africa and West and Central Asia.

The wheel will be inaugurated in mid-April.

The Wheel

* Cost Dh25 million.
* 60 metres high.
* Will offer spectacular views of both Sharjah and Dubai.
* The high-tech wheel was built in Holland, according to the highest safety standards.
* Has 42 fully air-conditioned gondolas can carry up to 336 people.

Facilities on offer include

* Restaurants
* More than 40 retail outlets
* Theatre, seating capacity 400.
* Exhibition area, which will host local and visiting artists.

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its a modern Ferris well !
Hard to make it look diff when its just a wheel ( OF course the one in AD proves this wrong )
Still going up with good camera and getting some photos would great
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