The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005-2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m, making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m taller than the London Eye.
Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km, including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.
The Singapore Flyer was first conceived in the early 2000s. Formal planning commenced in 2002. The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on 11 February 2008 and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008.
The wheel features 28 air-conditioned capsules which, like those of the London Eye, are exo-capsules attached outward of the wheel structure. These offer the advantage of a continuously unobstructed view when the capsule is at the peak. Each capsule has a floor area of 26 m2 and is capable of holding 28 passengers, or up to five wheelchairs and 15 other visitors when booked in advance for use by disabled guests.
A complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes. Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.
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