Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel
Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel Overview
The 210 metre-high observation wheel Ain Dubai, previously known as "Dubai-I" is being developed on Bluewaters Island by Meeras Holding. When complete it will be the world's largest Ferris wheel, 42 metres taller than the High Roller in Las Vegas.
The name 'Ain', which means 'eye' in Arabic, was given to the project because it will provide visitors with a bird's eye view of Dubai's skyline.
Ain Dubai will include 48 luxury capsules capable of holding 1,400 visitors and offer views of Dubai's iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. The Hub and Spindle assembly was lifted into place at the end of May 2016.
The 6.25-metre diameter spindle is made of steel, similar to that used for nuclear plants. It was manufactured and assembled in the UAE and shipped to Bluewaters Island since it could not be transported on land.
The assembled hub and spindle is approximately 40 metres long and 20 metres high and weighs a massive 1,805 tonnes, equivalent to four A380 aircraft.
Two of the world's largest cranes, each comprising a 180 metre-long boom and capable of lifting loads of over 3,000 tonnes each, were employed to set the hub and spindle assembly in place on top of the 126 metre-high legs.
The process of welding the spindle's A-frames to the four legs took approximately four weeks with the cranes continuing to support the weight of the unit for the first two weeks of the operation.
The wheel's supporting steel braces have now been removed, the outer rim having been connected to the hub via 192 spoke cables so that it now resembles a gigantic bicycle wheel.
Construction was expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
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