Baghdad Plans Ferris Wheel To Boost Tourism

Iraq's tourism board aims to promote Baghdad as a fun place to be. There are already plans for a six-star hotel on the Tigris River, golf courses — and now a Ferris wheel. It's inviting proposals for the "Baghdad Eye," which it wants to be taller than the largest Ferris wheel in Europe, the London Eye.

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Iraq's tourism board - yes, they have one - is aiming to promote Baghdad as a fun place to be. There are already plans for a six-star hotel on the Tigris River, plus golf courses. And now the city wants a Ferris wheel. It's inviting proposals for what's to be called the Baghdad Eye. They want it taller than the London Eye, which is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe, and it will have a view of the entire - presumably more peaceful - city. It's MORNING EDITION.

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