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FM Giants Roundtable 2022: The Ain Dubai Experience

The FM Giants Roundtable was hosted at the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, located on Bluewaters, the must-visit island destination.

Set against the backdrop of Dubai’s dazzling skyline with breath-taking land and sea views, Ain Dubai, at over 250 meters tall, eclipses anything that has come before it, heralding a new era in the world of entertainment. The 48 double-glazed uber-luxurious cabins boast the capacity to collectively carry up to 1,750 passengers at a time. The custom built, fully air-conditioned cabins offer unrivaled and unforgettable 360-degree views of Dubai in premium comfort.

Ain Dubai is the latest addition to the extensive Dubai Holding entertainment portfolio. As one of the largest diversified investment conglomerates in the region, Dubai Holding continues to play an instrumental role in the sustainable growth of the Emirate across various sectors in line with the UAE Government’s diversification strategy.

Photo form L to R: Satinder Singh, COO at EFS Facilities Services Group, Mohamad Abou Laban. CEO at Deyaar Facilities Management, Mohammed Alsharaf, Divisional CEO, iFM Holdings, and Marc Daly, Director – Hard Services at ServeU 

The event saw leading facilities management C-Level executives from Deyaar Facilities Management, EFS Facilities Services Group, ServeU Facilities Management, and iFM Holdings, sit down and discuss various topics and issues facing the industry. The close to two hour event was combined with a five-star dining experience along with a spectacular view.

“Ain Dubai gives us an experience of Dubai from the eyes of our leaders and their vision to bring the UAE to where it is today. We have seen the nation evolve and going up on the world’s largest observation wheel encapsulates the country’s transformation in one frame and truly is an inspiration where we are headed in the time to come.  From ground zero to the sky, everything was managed immaculately and I cannot wait to go back with my family. “ –  Mohammed Alsharaf, Divisional CEO, iFM Holdings

“It was very innovative of BNC Publishing to host their Panel Discussion in the world’s largest & tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai by Dubai Holding. Being the latest landmark to join Dubai’s long list of record-breaking world attractions, the hospitality, and F&B of the Attraction are definitely top-notch, and the excellent staff made us feel very special.” – Satinder Singh, COO at EFS Facilities Services Group

“Construction Business News ME choosing Ain Dubai as the venue for the round table discussion was perfect with an apt setting to discuss Facilities Management whilst overlooking the mammoth Dubai skyline and identifying buildings where we operate from a different height. Initially there was skepticism on the location for an intense discussion but arrangements in the Ain Dubai cabin were impeccable from audio and video to catering and the exemplary service during the entire event. For all those with a concern on health and safety; it is very safe and there is no sense of paranoia. Highly recommendable venue for events corporate or otherwise.” – Marc Daly, Director – Hard Services at ServeU Facilities Management

“Ain Dubai is the newest addition to Dubai’s skyline and the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel. It was a completely new experience for me and I am truly honoured to be part of this CEO roundtable inside a VIP cabin, probably first of its kind. You truly feel on top of the world. Most importantly what caught my eye was this huge picture of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum which reminded me of his quote  Many leaders promise, but we deliver. I would like to thank BNC Publishing for having come up with this unique concept. A big thank you to Ain Dubai for hosting me and my industry colleagues at this amazing venue.” – Mohamad Abou Laban. CEO at Deyaar Facilities Management

Ain Dubai in Numbers:

  • 5 tonnes: the weight of each permanent spoke cable that holds the wheel rim in place
  • 1 football pitch: length of each permanent spoke is longer than a professional football pitch
  • 2,400: distance in kilometres of all the cable wires housed inside the spoke cables if they were joined end to end. That’s the same distance as Dubai to Cairo.
  • 16 Airbus A380s: The equivalent weight of the wheel rim
  • 250+: height in meters of Ain Dubai, making it the world’s tallest observation wheel
  • 167: height in metres of world’s second tallest observation wheel – the High Roller in Las Vegas, USA
  • 135: height in metres of world’s third tallest observation wheel – the London Eye in London, United Kingdom
  • 126: length in meters of the legs that support the structure
  • 15: London buses can fit inside each leg
  • 25: % more steel used in to construct Ain Dubai than iron was used on The Eiffel Tower
  • 11,200: tonnes of steel used in the construction of Ain Dubai