Monday, February 11, 2008

Tourism: Singapore Flyer - that's what I call spin

IRIB reports the world's biggest observation wheel is ready to spin in Singapore on Monday night, with corporate clients paying thousands of dollars for the "inaugural flight", the company said.

At 165 metres (545 feet), or 42 storeys, the Singapore Flyer will be 30 metres higher than Britain's London Eye, said Great Wheel Corp, which built the Singapore attraction.

"We're actually ahead of time and on budget," David Beevers, general manager of the Singapore Flyer, said.

The wheel will start twirling just before dusk Monday evening, at 1230 GMT, organisers said.

The attraction's first three nights were sold out, Beevers said.

Companies and individuals paid 8,888 Singapore dollars (6,271 American dollars), an auspicious number in Chinese culture, for the first rides.