Cairo Eye: Egypt aims to build the largest tourist wheel in Africa

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Egypt’s newest attraction will be a mighty tourist wheel that will be on par with the London Eye and other famous ferris wheels around the world.

The country will launch its own giant tourist wheel in 2022. Egypt’s version of the London Eye to have pride of place in the city of Cairo. The wheel is set to be the fifth-largest ferris wheel in the world, after London, Dubai, Las Vegas and Singapore.

NEW TOURIST WHEEL TO OVERLOOK CAIRO AND THE NILE

Cairo’s tourist wheel would take visitors 120 metres above the city to enjoy spectacular views of the Nile River and the city, Egypt Today reported. Visitors will enjoy views for up to 50km on clear days. This will guarantee incredible vistas of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Cairo’s famous Sphinx.

The giant wheel will have 48 cabins which can each transport eight people. Travel and Leisure reports it will be one of Cairo’s landmark tourist attractions. The site will become a premier entertainment precinct. It will also boast shops, cinemas, an events hall, restaurants and cafés, and a pier for visitors arriving by water taxi.

Tickets to ride the Cairo Eye are expected to range between $15 (R225) and $22 (R330), but prices will be reviewed once the project is complete.

TOURIST WHEEL A BOOST FOR EGYPT’S ECONOMY

Egypt aims to resuscitate its tourism sector with the new tourist attraction. The project, once complete, will be the largest observation wheel on the African continent.   

Egypt’s tourism authority anticipates that the tourist wheel will attract up to two and a half million visitors a year. This will help lure visitors back to Cairo. This tourism mecca has suffered big losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cairo Eye will play a strategic role in sustainable tourism development, in line with Egypt’s vision 2030,” Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal said, according to Egypt Today.

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