The Future is coming: Bluewaters Island & Dubai Eye

The future is coming: How Dubai will look by Expo 2020?

The UAE skyline continues to grow at an incredible rate with a string of wonderful new buildings coming to a street near you in the coming years. Every week, we profile some of the eye-catching, today we talk about Bluewaters Island and Dubai Eye.

Where: Jumeirah Beach Residence
What: Home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel, The Dubai Eye, the project will also include retail, residential, entertainment and hospitality zones at an eye-watering.

Bluewaters Island is a development project under construction 500 metres (1,600 ft) off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, near Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The project was approved by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, and unveiled on February 13, 2013.

It will be built on reclaimed land by Meraas Holding, with dredging work to be conducted by Van Oord, the Dutch firm known for its work on Palm Jumeirah, and will cost AED 6 billion (1.6 billion USD, including the Dubai Eye). 

It will include entertainment, hospitality, residential, and retail zones, and is forecast to attract more than three million visitors annually

Bluewaters Island will feature the AED 1 billion ($270m) Dubai Eye, a 210-metre (689 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel.
When completed, it will be taller than the current world's tallest Ferris wheel, the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014, and 19.5 m (64 ft) taller than the 190.5 m (625 ft) New York Wheel planned for Staten Island,which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Design and construction are to be undertaken by Hyundai Contracting and Starneth Engineering.

Construction was originally due to begin in June 2013,but did not actually start until May 2015.

Completion was originally expected to be sometime during 2015.

The wheel will provide views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa, and its base will serve as an entertainment zone. A large LED screen will be mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information.

This project, after the Dubai Opera House which we told you about last week, is one of many projects that will be built before the expo 2020, do not miss next week's column Mypickone about new projects, the future is coming, stay tuned!