Dubai to have world’s largest ferris wheel next year

The fifth of eight 108-metre sections of ‘Ain Dubai’, the soon-to-be largest ferris wheel in the world, according to Meraas.

The wheel rim is now clearly visible at Bluewaters, where the landmark is being assembled. Once finished, Ain Dubai is expected to be one of the emirate’s most iconic destinations, offering visitors a 360-degree view of the city and its coastline.

At over 210 metres tall, Ain Dubai will eclipse the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island, in New York City.

The hub and spindle at Ain Dubai were set in place last year and the final structure will include around 9,000 tonnes of steel, almost 25 percent more than the amount of iron used to construct the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“The assembly of the rim at Bluewaters is one of the most exciting phases in the construction of Ain Dubai, as it marks the arrival of the centrepiece of the island and another addition to Dubai’s impressive skyline – one that creates a new meeting point for the city and economy, as well as an open place for people to share many new experiences together,” said Omar Delawar, Chief Projects Officer at Meraas.

“With the first five sections of the wheel rim already connected to the hub, two winch devices have been fitted to rotate the wheel in a way that will allow Ain Dubai to receive the sixth, and subsequent sections of the wheel rim. Each rim section weighs roughly the same as two Airbus A380 aircraft and must be rested on five temporary support structures connected to the hub, as well as two 115-metre spokes,” Delewar added.

“With the first five sections of the wheel rim already connected to the hub, two winch devices have been fitted to rotate the wheel in a way that will allow Ain Dubai to receive the sixth, and subsequent sections of the wheel rim. Each rim section weighs roughly the same as two Airbus A380 aircraft and must be rested on five temporary support structures connected to the hub, as well as two 115-metre spokes”.

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