Building Name -: Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center
Location -: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Opening Date -: May 18, 2012
- The giant structure is a step pyramid.
- It is a 95-metre (312 ft) tall structure has a 17-metre (56 ft) decorative spire on top and has six floors, each of which are 7 metres (23 ft) tall (four floors are above ground and two floors are below ground).
- A 57-metre (187 ft) diameter glass and white-steel casing on top of the building contains a Ferris wheel known as ‘Alem’, meaning ‘The Universe’.
- The wheel itself is 47.6 metres (156 ft) in height and was built by Fabbri Group through its Giant Wheels brand.
- The Ferris wheel has 24 cars that will hold six passengers at a time.
- The only way to gain access to the ferris wheel is from the top floor of the building.
- The huge steel structure due to the decoration in the form of Oguzkhan star and openwork decorations in the form of national gels looks very elegant, as if hovering over a massive pedestal, resembling colossal sundial face.
- The total cost for erecting the center and wheel was estimated to be around $90 million.
- The building contain movie theaters, a planetarium, a bowling alley, and a restaurant. During the evening hours there are often firework shows for special occasions.
- There is a “Space Museum”, equipped with high-tech equipment that allows to “sneak” in all corners of our galaxy and touch the mysteries of the universe, explore closer the solar system with the help of special equipment, observe the movement of the planets and their satellites, the processes occurring at them, and get enough details about it all on touch screens.
- Young visitors can take a virtual tour on the spacecraft across the vastness of the universe, “walk” on the surface of the moon or a planet.
- In addition to the game halls, there are XD-cinemas and 3D-movie attraction.
- During the night, the fountains that grace the front lawn are lighted and make for an amazing picture opportunity for visitors.
- On the opening of building an official representative of “Guinness World Records” Amanda Mohan arrived in Ashgabat, who expressed admiration for the beauty of our white-marble capital.
- The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center as the place that hosts the tallest enclosed Ferris wheel.