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Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel


Page update - Sep 16, 2022

How much does it cost to ride Ain Dubai - the world's largest Ferris wheel? How to save on tickets? How to get by cab and public transport in Dubai? What are the opening hours? What is the ride like? What can you see from the top point? Read the answers on this page.

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This page was updated on September 16, 2022. Just recently, the Dubai RTA (Roads and Transportation Authority of the Emirate of Dubai) announced the launch of the new F57 bus route, which now runs between Jebel Ali metro station and Bluewaters Island, where the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel is located. Getting there is now cheaper, although it can be inconvenient. Read all the details further down on this page.

Short description

Ain Dubai Ferris wheel opened for visitors on October 21, 2021. They call it "the great long-term construction project of Dubai", because it was built for 8 years. Almost at the same time (October 14, 2021) Madame Tussauds opened nearby. We advise you to think about visiting these two places on the same day. Read our review "Madame Tussauds Dubai" about the museum.

To celebrate the opening of the Ain Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan himself, the Crown Prince of Dubai, took a ride. He didn't ride in the cabin, but on the roof of the cabin, sipping coffee. He generally likes to do such extravagant (in a good way) things. And he especially likes to show it all on Instagram on his faz3 account. Who he is, read the review "The Sheikhs of the Arab Emirates".

Watch this Instagram video nearby. At the same time get a great visual impression of Ain Dubai.

The 820 feet (250 meter) tall Ain Dubai has become the largest, tallest, roomiest Ferris wheel in the world. Ain Dubai has overtaken the High Roller (548 feet, 167 meters) in Las Vegas, the Flyer (541 feet, 165 meters) in Singapore, the Star of Nanchang (535 feet, 160 meters) in Nanchang (China), and the famous London Eye (443 feet, 135 meters) in London.

The height is 820 feet (250 meters). The wheel is held by 192 cables, the total length of the cables is 1,490 miles (2,400 kilometers). The total capacity is 1750 people in 48 cabins. The construction took 11,200 tons of steel, which is a third more than the Eiffel Tower. The construction had to use PTC 200-DS - the world's largest crane.

Visitors ride in large, fully glass-enclosed cabins. All of the cabins are air conditioned. Some cabins have a bar.

How to get there

The Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel is located on Bluewaters Island just west of JBR.

If you're staying in an apartment on Bluewaters Island or at Caesars Palace Dubai (the only full-service hotel on Bluewaters Island), it's a short walk.

If you're staying in a hotel or apartment in Dubai Marina (JBR), you can walk. Walk along JBR beach west (left when looking at the sea) to the end. At the end of the beach there is a footbridge to Bluewaters Island. The walk takes from 15 to 40 minutes (0.6 to 1.5 miles, 1 to 2.5 kilometers), depending on your hotel location.

If you vacation in other districts of Dubai, the situation is complicated. There used to be no public transportation to Bluewaters Island at all, but in the summer of 2022 they launched the F57 express bus.

Option 1 is interesting, but inconvenient. There is a ferry that runs every 1 or 1.5 hours and sails for 20 minutes. The ferry (it's actually a small boat) departs from the Dubai Marina Mall Marine Transport Station pier near the Dubai Marina Mall.

The ferry ride price is 5 dirhams. The ferry runs from 16-50 to 23-25 (Monday to Friday) and from 16-10 to 23-45 (Saturday and Sunday).

If you decide to take the ferry. You ride the metro to DMCC station (red line). For the current subway map see our review "Dubai Metro".

Then, you need to cross the road (Sheikh Zayd road) on the bridge. Then, turn right and walk 500 meters (1,600 feet) to the Dubai Marina Mall (or take Dubai Tram one stop). Enter the mall via the main entrance, walk through the mall and exit via the opposite waterfront exit (exit at level P). Then, walk 150 meters (500 feet) along the waterfront to the pier. The second option is to go around the mall on the left along the path, and you will get to the waterfront.

As you can see, the route is quite difficult. And keep in mind that you will be there for the first time. Won't you get lost? The ferry ride is interesting, but short. Is it worth it? An open question. We advise: if you still want to take a boat (ferry), then take it on the way back.

Option 2 - subway + bus F57. Take the subway to Jebel Ali station on the red (first) line. For the current subway map see our review "Dubai Metro".

At the exit of the station building (the station is elevated) there is a bus stop. At this stop get on the F57 bus, which will take you to Bluewaters Island in 10-15 minutes without stops.

The main negative thing is that the F57 bus runs once every 30 minutes. You will probably have to wait a long time. In addition, the bus ride is only free if you catch it within 30 minutes of getting off the subway. There is a chance you won't make it, in which case you will pay another AED 3 for the bus trip. Read about the "30 minute rule" in our review "Dubai NOL Card".



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You can take a cab from the hotel directly to Ain Dubai Ferris wheel. It is difficult to predict the cost of the trip, as the city is large, and most importantly stretches along the coast. It can be from 12 to 80 dirhams. See the current exchange rates of the UAE dirham in our review "What is the money in the Arab Emirates".

You can calculate the cost based on the distance from the hotel and fares. See our detailed review "Taxis in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah" for the current cab fares.

There is a compromise option - subway + cab. Take the subway to DMCC station (red line). And from there take a cab for 12 dirhams (the minimum cost of a cab ride in Dubai). See our review "Dubai Metro" for the current subway map.

Important! You have to catch a cab on the opposite (from the subway tracks) side of the street (Sheikh Zayed Road), and then you will get a cab to the island for 12 dirhams (minimal cab ride cost in Dubai). That is, the side of the road where the tram tracks are. Cross the road (Sheikh Zayed Road) over the elevated pedestrian bridge.

If you catch a cab from the wrong side (where the subway line is), the cab driver will have to go to the nearest roundabout, turn around, and drive back. And then you will pay not 12 dirhams, but 20-25 or even more.

If you're staying in other emirates and want to take a ride to Ain Dubai, then read our reviews: "From Abu Dhabi to Dubai", "From Sharjah to Dubai", "From Ajman to Dubai", "From Fujairah to Dubai", "From Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai".

Ticket price

Children 0-2 years old are always free. You need to have the child's ID or passport to confirm the age. At the ticket office, you must take a special free ticket (as it says on the official website). However, tourists write to us that they were letting kids in without this special ticket.

Regular tickets.

Adult ticket (12 years and older) - 130 dirhams.

Children ticket (3 to 12 years old) - 100 dirhams.

Family ticket (2 adults + 2 kids) - 370 dirhams.

Ain Dubai + Burj Al Arab combo tickets.

Adult (12 years and above) - 349 dirhams.

Children (3 to 12 years) - 199 dirhams.

Full cabin reservation - 1,550 dirhams.

In addition to these types of tickets, there are a dozen other types: with included drinks and/or music, at a premium time, themed offers. All offers are available at aindubai.com

Can you buy tickets cheaper? Yes, it is. For example, right now (September 2022) there are discounts on Prime Time tickets on Klook. Read about all the ways in our detailed review "Discounted entertainment in Dubai".

Prime Time

There are special "premium hours" when tickets are more expensive than usual.

At 5 pm the price is 180 and 150 dirhams. At 6 pm the price is 250 and 150 dirhams. At 7 pm the price is 180 and 150 dirhams.

It is likely that these "premium hours" will change with the season depending on the time of sunset. We will keep an eye on the situation. You, for your part, can take a look for yourself. Go to aindubai.com , then click "BUY TICKETS", choose a date and look. The price will be right there.



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Do the Arabs want much?

It is difficult to estimate the visitor experience in currency. However, it is possible to compare prices with other big Ferris wheels. Let's compare.

The ticket price for Ain Dubai (820 feet or 250 meters high) is USD 35.5 (130 dirhams).

The ticket price for High Roller in Las Vegas (548 feet or 167 meters high) is USD 23.5.

The ticket price for London Eye in London (443 feet or 135 meters high) is USD 31 (27 British pounds).

We can say that the price of a trip to Ain Dubai is high, but quite adequate. Especially considering its record height.

Operation hours

ATTENTION! Ain Dubai is CLOSED from March 14 until the end of summer 2022. The official reason is technical work. When the opening date will be known, we will be sure to let you know.

A temporary schedule is in effect for now, since Ain Dubai opened recently. In addition, the UAE has adopted a new 4½-day work week starting in January 2022. Read more in our review "Weekends and Fridays in the UAE".

From 10 am to 9 pm (10-00 to 21-00).

How many people ride in one cabin?

This is a frequent question to us from tourists. After all, everyone wants to quietly watch a 360-degree view, and not stand in the crowd.

Theoretically, the cabin can hold up to 40 people. However, now, due to covid-security measures, the maximum capacity has been reduced to 20 people.

In practice, there are not so many people who want to take a ride. That is why they give seats to 10 people and often even less.

Do not worry, there will be no crowd. Although on holidays and weekends crowds of 20 people per cabin are quite likely. So, it is better to come on weekdays. See the public holidays calendar in our review "Holidays in the Arab Emirates". Weekends in the Arab Emirates since 2022 are Friday from noon, Saturday, and Sunday.

How does the ride go on?

You go to the upper level of the main building. You get into a cabin. You ride slowly and with stops all the way to the top, then down. Nothing special, just like on all other Ferris wheels.

Attention! A full circle lasts 35 to 45 minutes. It is highly recommended to go to the bathroom in advance. There are toilets in the building under the wheel.

What can you see from the top of Ain Dubai?

Not as much as you would like to see.

You can see the whole Dubai Marina area, the beach and the JBR area very well. Also the Palm Jumeirah artificial island and Atlantis Hotel, where Aquaventure Waterpark is located. In the center of the island, the new Nakheel Tower, where The View and the Aura Skypool are now located, is clearly visible.

Poorly visible, but discernible, is the famous Burj Al Arab hotel. You can see the Burj Khalifa tower if you have very good eyesight, and only in good weather. Not surprisingly, as the Burj Khalifa is 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) away.

Purely theoretically, the range of visibility is 37 miles (60 kilometers) from a height of 820 feet (250 meters, the height of the wheel). Theoretically, you can see the whole of Dubai. But in practice the weather and/or smog over the city prevents it. And the vision of many tourists is not as good as we would like it to be.

The better the weather, the more you will see. Unfortunately, no binoculars or spotting scopes are provided in the cabins. Binoculars are presented everywhere on observation decks, but nobody has yet guessed how to make them on the Ferris wheel.

The official website says, and we quote, "You can look across the Persian Gulf". But it is NOT even theoretically possible. The nearest point of Iran on the other side of the Persian Gulf is 100 miles (160 kilometers) away, and the range of visibility from a height of 820 feet (250 meters) is only 37 miles (60 kilometers).



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And by the way, a curious fact

In most countries people say "Persian Gulf". But the Arabs in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar say "Arabian Gulf". The disputes between Arab countries and Iran on this topic have been going on since the 1960s and have not stopped to this day.

Important and useful to know

- Riding in Ain Dubai in a state of intoxication is strictly prohibited. In the UAE, however, it is a criminal offence to be drunk in a public place. See our reviews "Alcohol in Dubai and the UAE" and "What not to do in Dubai and the UAE" for more information;

- You can save a little money on transportation by taking the tram from the subway to the Jumeirah Beach Residence 2 stop and walking for 15 minutes. If you comply with the "30 minutes" rule you will take the tram for free. See our detailed reviews "Tram in Dubai" and "Dubai NOL card" for more information;

- If you get hungry after the trip, there is no problem to eat. There are plenty of cafes, eateries, and restaurants on Bluewaters Island. Read about the prices in catering establishments in our review "How much money to take for Dubai and the UAE".

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