Meraas has given an update on the progress of Ain Dubai, with the wheel now approaching full completion.
Soon to be the world’s tallest observation wheel, five out of eight segments have been installed, each measuring 107-metres. Part of the new Bluewaters development off the coast of JBR, the wheel is instantly recognisable, and promises to add iconic, structural diversity to the Dubai Marina skyline.
At more than 210 metres tall, once completed, Ain Dubai will be more than 50 metres taller than the High Roller in Las Vegas, and 20 metres taller than the forthcoming New York Wheel planned for Staten Island. To put it into further context, the wheel will be 75 metres taller than the London Eye.
“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,” said chief project officer at Meraas, Omer Delawar.
Meraas also provided some interesting stats about the wheel, as you can see in the infographic below. When it’s finished, the rim and its 48 capsules (due to be installed in 2018) will weigh 7,500 tonnes supported by 192 heavy-duty cables, each of which is comprised of over one hundred separate cables. We can’t wait to see the finished article when it’s fully functional and lighting up the Dubai skyline.