The first pic was taken from Linenhall Street, behind the City Hall, in an attempt to show how the wheel rises above the surrounding buildings but to get a better idea of the height of the wheel take a look at blueboat's latest post: You can see the VIP pod at the top of the wheel, with its glass floor and different coloured paintwork.
The grand opening of the 'eye' was a total non-event, apparently it was too windy. That bodes well for its stint in Belfast. Did nobody tell the council the thing would have to be closed if it got 'too windy'. I don't know what sort of weather they are expecting here during the winter but we may never see the wheel opened at all.