Update on the World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Dubai!
On the coast of Dubai’s JBR beach, the world’s largest Ferris Wheel is on the verge of completion. As per Meraas the developer of Ain Dubai, it will be the largest Ferris Wheel in the world standing at a whopping 210 metres. Once complete it can be seen while driving down Sheikh Zayed Road and from Dubai Marina.
The wheel rim is now clearly visible at Bluewaters, where the landmark is located. Once completed Ain Dubai will be one of Dubai’s most iconic destination offering a 360 view of the city and the sea.
"Ain Dubai reflects our ambition of creating new destinations that contribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the vision of a city where people are encouraged to create, explore and enjoy. The destination is designed to bring people together from around the world and will enhance Dubai's reputation as a leading choice for business and leisure travelers. It also embodies the pioneering and innovative nature of a city that has pushed the boundaries of modern engineering," Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, said.
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," Delawar added.
The 30-square-metre double-glazed capsules are designed to comfortably accommodate 40 passengers and are clad in high-quality glass with ultraviolet and infrared protection like the glassmaking technology used to produce military aircraft canopies. This process will ensure maximum light and visibility.
Interiors will be finished with stone flooring and Corian® benches. Capsules will have the flexibility to be converted into fine dining destinations for up to 12 guests, while six Premium Capsules will also offer an upscale service with a licensed bar that will result in a unique new culinary experience.
Smart climate control will also ensure a comfortable ride, whilst LED screens will offer information about the spectacular views on offer. Two motors, located under the floor of the capsules, will ensure stability and a smooth ride as the wheel rotates. Capsules are expected to be installed in 2018.