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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Singapore Flyer

3:27 PM By Barry Smyth , No comments

The Singapore Flyer, Singapore's answer to the London Eye, is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2008. When it opens it will become the worlds largest ferris wheel at 165 meters high (that's 42 stories) and 150 meters wide providing (supposedly) unparalleled panoramic views of Singapore, the straits of Malaysia and the islands of Indonesia.

People will take a leisurely 37 minutes for one vibration free revolution (or "flight" to use the correct term) of this massive ferris wheel and each air conditioned capsule (there will be 28 in total) is capable of holding 28-30 lucky fear factor individuals. The cost of this experience is expected to be as detailed below.

It is also linked to the Marina Integrated Resort scheduled to be opened in 2009, which given Singapore's strict laws on gambling is not actually being called a Casino even though that's exactly what it is. I think we can expect more people to pay that a visit when it opens since it's got a much higher novelty factor.

Of course rumors have it that the Singapore Government is going to place some restrictions on access to the Casino for its citizens as it is concerned that some may spend more than they can afford to and wants to take steps to ensure that that doesn't happen. How that's going to work I've got no idea, but watch this space.

In the meantime those of you with a head for heights (not to mention a decent camera) have something to look forward to. And if you can't wait why not pre-book your experience (or read more about it) at http://www.singaporeflyer.com.sg.

In the meantime I'm sure everyone involved has their fingers and toes crossed for a smog free 2008!

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