ASTANA – A 65-metre Ferris wheel opened July 31 in Astana. It is the largest in Kazakhstan and the second largest in the Commonwealth of Independent States space after Moscow’s 75-metre wheel.
It offers 36 cabins, each designed for six people, with air conditioning and heating. Most importantly, the wheel offers spectacular panoramic views not only on the left bank of the city, but also on the right bank with its old, but beautiful houses and streets.
The construction of the Ferris wheel was launched as part of the comprehensive renovation of the Duman cultural and entertainment complex – one of Astana’s most popular attractions. Along with the Ferris wheel, the facility will also have an aqua park.
The wheel is designed to withstand harsh winter conditions in Astana. Yet, the temperature should not go below minus 15 degrees Celsius and the wind speed should not exceed 20 metres per second for it to operate.
One ride costs 1,200 tenge (US$3.6) for adults and 1,000 (US$3) for children. There are also special discounts for students and elders.