Sharjah’s icon 'Eye of the Emirates' moves to Al Montazah Parks to take on new horizons. Image Credit: Courtesy: Shurooq

Sharjah: Sharjah’s most recognisable landmark, the Eye of the Emirates wheel, will have a new home: the Al Montazah Parks.

In a monumental move, the iconic 60-metre wheel will be relocated from its home of 13 years at Al Qasba to Al Montazah Parks, the emirate’s premiere amusement and water park.

The move will provide even more spectacular bird’s eye views across the landscape to a larger number of residents and visitors, including 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, Al Noor Mosque, among others.

The process will begin on March 10 but the exact time frame of the move has not been revealed.

Marwan Bin Jasem Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, said: “We are enormously grateful to His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for his support and confidence in this project.

“The relocation of the Eye of the Emirates, Sharjah’s icon, to Al Montazah Parks aligns with Shurooq’s strategy that aims to develop its tourist and recreational destinations, and provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy Shurooq’s attractions. The new location of the Eye of the Emirates will enhance its importance, given the broader views it will feature.”

Inaugurated in 2005, the Eye of the Emirates wheel with 42 cabins is one of Sharjah’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, and since then the Eye of Emirates spanned its wheel for hundreds of thousands of people.