The world's tallest Ferris Wheel Ain Dubai, will finally open doors in Dubai in 2020, it has been confirmed. Visitors wishing to book a spot to enjoy this latest Dubai attraction can do so prior to the opening date of Expo 2020.
Located on the Bluewaters Island, visitors can enjoy a bird's eye view of the city skyline from a height of 250m. According to developers Meraas the exact date of opening is yet to be decided.
Speaking about this project, Meraas said that when compared to other popular observation wheels across the world, Ain Dubai would be double the size of London Eye in the UK, which is 135m tall. This will dwarf the High Roller in Las Vegas, USA and will be over 200 percent taller than the first ever Ferris Wheel too!
Currently, Ain Dubai is in its final stage of construction, as the 450-tonne temporary spoke has been removed, and the last of the permanent spoke cables have been installed.
This is the first time that the modern observation structure has grown to be a complete wheel, ever-since the construction began. The eight temporary spokes were installed to hold the rim segments in place during the construction. As the construction progresses, the colossal magnitude of the project becomes clearer, Meraas said in its statement.
Now, with the removal of final temporary steel spoke, the weight of the wheel rim, now entirely lays on the 192 spoke cables, which ensures structural integrity of Ain Dubai through the process of permanent compression.
Some interesting facts about Ain Dubai:
- Ain Dubai is more than 250mts in height, making it the world's tallest observation wheel. The second tallest observation wheel is the ‘High Roller’ in Las Vegas, USA, which is 167m in height.
- The weight of each permanent spoke cable is 5 tonnes, which holds the wheel rim in place.
- The length of each permanent spoke is longer than one professional football pitch.
- All the cable wires housed inside the spoke cables is about 2400kms if they were joined end to end.
- The legs that support the structure are 126m in length, which is equivalent to the capacity required to fit in 15 London buses.
On completion, Ain Dubai is set to be the world's tallest observation wheel, standing more than 250m above the sophisticated Bluewaters island destination, looking out across Dubai's magnificent landscape. With its circular structure, Ain Dubai will hold a special place in Dubai skyline in the years to come.