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Biggest wheel in the world to be a reality

(Wam) / 14 June 2005

DUBAI — Dubailand and the Great Wheel Corporation have signed an agreement to construct the world's greatest observation wheel here in Dubailand.

To be built by the makers of the London Eye, the Great Dubai Wheel would be ready and open for the public by year 2008.   

The agreement was signed on May 12, 2005.

"We welcome the Great Wheel Corporation to Dubailand where we  are building one of the world’s finest locations to live in, to have fun and to enjoy and celebrate the good things of life," said Salem bin Dasmal, Chief Executive Officer of Dubailand. "We are creating unique wonders in partnership with the private sector from across the world. The Great Dubai Wheel is an example of this model cooperation and yet another addition of a world-class attraction to the ever increasing skyline of Dubai."

The Great Dubai Wheel would be significantly larger than the London Eye, which was recently voted the best tourist attraction in the world. Located in a prime area of Dubailand, the Great Dubai Wheel would further enhance Dubai’s reputation as a leading world city, featuring iconic, unparalleled architectural structures. It would sharply raise the visibility of Dubailand. During the exciting journey on the wheel, the visitor would be able to view distances of up to 50km, and would be able to see all the wonders of Dubai.

Like the London Eye, the Great Dubai Wheel would attract additional visitors to Dubai, giving them an ideal opportunity to plan their stay during the interactive ride on the wheel. The engineering challenge to create the world’s greatest observation wheel has been undertaken by Hollandia, the specialist Dutch engineering company which had built the London Eye.

The motivation behind the project was to set up a new landmark structure that matches Dubai’s image as an international attraction of the greatest quality standard.

The greatest wheel of observation is a perfect example of mutually beneficial cooperation between two great institutions - Dubailand and the Great Wheel Corporation. It shows how the best from across the world can find rewarding opportunities in the beneficial investment and business environment of Dubai and the UAE.

Dubailand, which is fast coming up on 3 billion square feet of land, will be the region’s, if not the world’s, largest and most comprehensive entertainment, tourism, leisure and lifestyle community offering something for everyone.
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