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 hub is now being connected to the rim via 192 spoke cables. When finished it will resemble a gigantic bicycle wheel.
Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel Location Map
About the Surrounding Area - Bluewaters Island
Bluewaters is a new man-made island located just off the coast of Dubai Marina. The development is set to become one of the top tourist destination in the Middle East.
Its central feature will be the Ain Dubai Ferris wheel (formerly known as the Dubai-I) which will be the largest in the world at 210 metres tall. Ain Dubai will be another iconic landmark for Dubai and will offer unobstructed views over the entire city.
For more information about the area please see our complete guide to Bluewaters Island.
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