The 541ft attraction, which officially opens to the public in April, stands 98ft taller than the previous highest wheel, the UK’s London Eye. However, both will be dwarfed by the 682ft Great Wheel of China, which will open in Beijing in 2009.

The SG$240m (US$170m) ride, features 28 large capsules, each capable of holding 28 passengers. It has been built, along with the Formula 1 racetrack, as part of a drive to attract 17 million visitors each year by 2017.