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The Singapore Flyer is the giant Ferris wheel located along the Marina Promenade Singapore. It was opened in 2008; its construction was estimated to be about 2.5 years. It opened to the public on 1 March 2008 and officially opened on 15 April 2008. Singapore Flyer has 28 air-conditioned capsules (26 m2 each), which is able to accommodate up to 28 passengers each. Each of the capsules is large enough to host its own mini private events such as wedding proposal and birthday parties. The Ferris wheel is connected to a three storey terminal building with several F&B outlets and function rooms.
The Singapore Flyer has an overall height of 165 m (541 feet) which is also 1 of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. The Singapore Flyer project was announced and endorsed on 27 June 2003 by the Singapore Tourism Board.
The Singapore Flyer occupy an area of approximately 16,000 m2 (172,000 feet2), built on a 33,700 m2 (362,700 feet2) site along the Marina Promenade. The normally constant rotation of the wheel means that a complete trip lasts approximately 32 minutes.
The Singapore Flyer’s provides an unobstructed view of Singapore’s CBD Area, Singapore River and the Marina Bay Sands. The capsules are available for reservations on special occasions such as Formula1 race, New Year Countdown and National Day where most of the firework displays will be happening. The wheel initially rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, but on 4 August 2008 the direction has changed to clockwise direction.
The Singapore Flyer is also to be designed to be handicapped friendly as wheelchair ramps, lifts, handicapped toilets, and a dedicated parking lot for the disabled personals.