Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has confirmed that Sharjah’s iconic Eye of the Emirates has been relocated to a new home after 13 years.
The giant wheel has moved to the heart of Al Montazah Parks after years at Al Qasba and will resume operations later this year.
The emirate’s most recognisable landmark will re-open to the public when Al Montazah Parks is completed.
The move from Al Qasba will provide a vista of the city’s major attractions and famous markets, such as the Central Souq, Al Jubail Souq, Al Majaz Waterfront, Khalid Lagoon, The Flag Island, Al Noor Island and Al Noor Mosque.
The Eye of the Emirates acts as a landmark for special occasions, such as Sharjah being named Islamic Culture Capital in 2014, when the award insignia was placed at the centre of the Ferris wheel. It also bore the famous symbol of the UAE’s late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to celebrate the Year of Zayed.
Sharjah is investing heavily in its tourism sector with a AED1.5 billion ($410 million) expansion plan at Sharjah International Airport.