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Dubai is not somewhere known for doing things by halves and the latest announcement from this Emirate is no exception. The leading tourist destination in the Middle East is set to unveil the world's largest Ferris wheel in 2015 which it is hoped will attract around three million visitors each year.

The so-called Dubai Eye will dwarf London's observation wheel, towering a massive 690ft compared to our capital's 443ft. It forms part of a planned billion pound development dubbed The Bluewaters Island. The complex will sit on a man-made island and will take at least two years to complete. The initiative is part of a continuing programme to position Dubai at the fore of the world's leisure and retail landscape.

Work on the Dubai Eye is scheduled to begin in June this year and will join other world famous sights such as the Burj Khalida, the world's tallest building, on the Emirate's skyline.

Of course Dubai isn't the first place to attempt to replicate or better the London Eye which launched for the Millennium in 2000. The capital's success prompted a number of other projects to be announced worldwide although many were subsequently shelved. The idea seems to have been adopted most heavily in Asia.

The first London Eye replica was opened in China's Nanchang. The 'Star of Nanchang' opened to the public in 2006 and measures twenty-five metres higher than the London Eye. Like the original it can carry almost five hundred passengers in sixty gondolas.

Singapore was next to successfully open an observation wheel to enable tourists to see the island's sights from a height. Just a few feet higher than China's offering, this wheel, named the Singapore Flyer carries almost eight hundred passengers.

Though there are now a handful of giant wheels carrying millions of passengers every year, there is at least one example for each of a wheel that never came to fruition. Included in this list of abandoned plans was the Great Beijing Wheel which was set for launch at the same time as the Beijing Olympics. This wheel was planned to be the biggest in the world at 682ft and capable of carrying almost two thousand guests. The project was halted due to issues with finance.

Outside of Asia other wheels left on the proverbial shelf include the Great Berlin Wheel which was planned for 2009 but postponed indefinitely due to fears that the lights would interfere with rhinoceroses based in nearby Berlin Zoo. Orlando too has a planned wheel that is on hold indefinitely.

Dubai's wheel is set to be the biggest of them all and hopes are high that this planned attraction won't find its way back to the drawing like those in Orlando, Berlin and Beijing.

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