Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Singapore Flyer - The World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel in Singapore. The observation wheel started rotating on February 11, 2008. Reaching 42 stories high, it comprises a 150-metre (in diameter) high wheel built over a three-story terminal building, giving it a total height of 165 metres. This exceeds The Star of Nanchang by 5 metres and The London Eye by 30 metres. It will feature 28 air-conditioned capsules capable of holding 28 passengers each. A complete rotation of the wheel will take an estimated 30 minutes. On 2 October 2007 the final capsule of the Singapore Flyer was installed. Located on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it offers excellent views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 kilometres, including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

Take a look at the promo:

The Singapore Flyer will open to public on 1st of March 2008, the 30 minutes rides will cost an individual S$29.50 (US$20). It's much more, of course. Not only can you see parts of Malaysia and Indonesia (it depends on the weather), if you want you can do this in a "love nest" capsule with cocktails or champagne and roses thrown in, birthday party, gathering with your friends and so on. Corporate groups will be able to book an entire capsule for S$1000.

When the Singapore Flyer makes its debut this month, it is the world’s tallest, at 541 ft.—at least until late 2008, when the 607-ft.-high Great Dubai Wheel opens. In 2009, the 682-ft.-high Beijing Great Wheel will surpass both.

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