Ain Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction started: May 2015
Opening: October 21, 2021
Design and Construction: Hyundai Engineering & Construction;
Starneth Engineering

Ain Dubai is the latest landmark to join Dubai’s long list of world record-breaking attractions that opened to the public on 21 October. Located on Bluewaters Island, the giant observation wheel stands at a staggering height of 250m making it the highest and largest of its kind in the world.

The monument is an amazing feat of construction, with each leg of the wheel standing 126m high – long enough to fit 15 London buses – while the weight of the assembled hub and spindle is equivalent to four A380 aircrafts.

Accessible from the island, Ain Dubai (which means Dubai Eye in Arabic) is surrounded by unforgettable social and celebratory experiences, making it a must-visit attraction for all.

Situated across the water from the popular Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) beachfront, the giant wheel offers unrivaled 360-degree views of the urban skyline in a relaxing yet mesmerizing 38-minute journey. With 48 air-conditioned passenger cabins, 1,750 visitors can take in the breathtaking experience in one revolution.

The structure is more than an elevated vantage point for transforming city perspectives; the wheel’s base serves as a world-class entertainment zone with a large LED screen mounted on it. The 80-meter (260 ft) LED screen is mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information. The wheel itself is made of more than 66.500 LED lights.

neoalpha global carried out the light show for the launch of the wheel as well as the conceptualization and design of the digital content. The light show was synchronized with specific soundtracks and the images displayed paid tribute to the United Arab Emirates.

neoalpha global is owned by Alessandro Ayanian, Creative Designer and Managing Director, who has over 20 years of experience in professional lighting having worked on most project types all around the world from large hotel resorts and masterplans to bars, restaurants, government buildings, corporate offices, stadiums, and private residences.

What we do is closely related to our philosophy about the impact of light on the human experience. Our lighting design solutions are premised on an understanding of how light can change the human psyche in terms of wellness which means that it requires exceptional creativity to design and turn sophisticated design ideas into reality.

At neoalpha we believe in 5 core values: Creativity, Innovation, Quality, Passion and Delivery. Our passion to strive above and beyond is our way of life. Specific deliverables vary from project to project, but our design process is often similar. Though there is not a single or finite path to deliver our design, each process does follow a consistent set of core ideas.

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