Sharjah moves giant wheel tourist attraction after 13 years

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority says Eye of the Emirates will re-open in Al Montazah Parks later this year
Sharjah moves giant wheel tourist attraction after 13 years
By Sam Bridge
Thu 12 Jul 2018 01:58 PM

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has confirmed that Sharjah’s iconic Eye of the Emirates has been relocated to a new home after 13 years.

The giant wheel has moved to the heart of Al Montazah Parks after years at Al Qasba and will resume operations later this year.

The emirate’s most recognisable landmark will re-open to the public when Al Montazah Parks is completed.

The move from Al Qasba will provide a vista of the city’s major attractions and famous markets, such as the Central Souq, Al Jubail Souq, Al Majaz Waterfront, Khalid Lagoon, The Flag Island, Al Noor Island and Al Noor Mosque.

The Eye of the Emirates acts as a landmark for special occasions, such as Sharjah being named Islamic Culture Capital in 2014, when the award insignia was placed at the centre of the Ferris wheel. It also bore the famous symbol of the UAE’s late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to celebrate the Year of Zayed.

Sharjah is investing heavily in its tourism sector with a AED1.5 billion ($410 million) expansion plan at Sharjah International Airport.

The plan includes the massive expansion of the passenger terminal over the next four years, which will increase the capacity of Sharjah International Airport to 20 million passengers by 2027.

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