Dubai is set to break another world record with the ‘World’s tallest observation wheel’ in new tourist hotspot Bluewaters Island.
Named Ain Dubai, the record-breaking Ferris wheel will stand at a peak height of 210m, and when completed will take the number one spot from Las Vegas’s wheel which is 168m.
Meraas has confirmed Ain Dubai will be completed in time for the Expo 2020 Dubai celebrations.
Work continues swiftly as the eighth and final 450-tonne temporary spoke has been removed from the structure with the last spoke cables being installed, construction is on track.
With the planned eighth spoke and braces being installed, Ain Dubai wheel succeeds to get the visually striking wheel design they planned for.
The eight temporary steel spokes and rim braces weighted in a total of 5,000 tonnes, this was used temporarily for the structural integrity of Ain Dubai, but now the weight of the wheel rim has been transferred onto the 192 spoke cables.
Interesting facts about Ain Dubai:
5 tonnes: The weight of each permanent spoke cable that holds the wheel rim in place.
1 football pitch: The length of each permanent spoke is longer than a professional football pitch.
2,400: The distance in kilometres of all the cable wires housed inside the spoke cables if they were joined end to end.That’s the same distance as Dubai to Cairo.
16 Airbus A380’s: The equivalent weight of the wheel rim.
250+: The height in meters of Ain Dubai, making it the world’s tallest observation wheel.
167: height in metres of world’s second tallest observation wheel – the High Roller in Las Vegas.
135:The height in metres of world’s third tallest observation wheel – the London Eye in London, United Kingdom.
15 London buses: Can fit inside each leg.
9,000 tonnes of steel: Over 25% more steel used in Ain Dubai than the iron used on the Eiffel Tower.