On the outskirts of Ashgabat is the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center. The center officially opened in 2012 and houses an arcade, bowling alleys, restaurant and more. However, all this is secondary to the center’s real attraction: the world’s biggest Ferris wheel in an enclosed architectural design. Turkmenistan is known for a large number of world records, and the Ferris wheel is a typical example of this.
The Ferris wheel was accepted in the Guiness World Records in 2012.
The biggest Ferris wheel in the world measures 57 meters and appears in practice as a ‘closed’ wheel, where a shell has been built around the wheel with a total of 24 carriages with room for 6 passengers in each. It takes approx. 20 minutes to drive around and the view from the top gives a unique angle on the world’s whitest city. In addition, the area around the center is a beautiful sight with fountains, flagpoles and several sculptures. At special events, the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center hosts an impressive fireworks show.