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World's tallest observation wheel in Dubai to be ready by 2020

The world's tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, is set to be completed in time for Expo 2020 Dubai, announced UAE developer Meraas

Reaching 250m high, the structure sits at the end of the recently opened Bluewaters Island, located at the tip of Dubai's JBR coastline. 

According to a statement released by Meraas, the eighth and final 450-tonne temporary spoke has been successfully removed from the structure and the last of the permanent spoke cables has been installed. The eight temporary spokes and braces were originally installed to hold the rim segments in place during the construction of Ain Dubai. 

With the removal of the final temporary steel spoke, the weight of the wheel rim has been entirely transferred to 192 spoke cables, which ensure the structural integrity of Ain Dubai through the process of permanent compression. Cumulatively, the eight temporary steel spokes and rim braces weighed more than 5,000 tonnes.

When completed, the structure will be over 200 percent taller than the first ever Ferris wheel.

Ain Dubai: The numbers

• 5 tonnes The weight of each permanent spoke cable that holds the wheel rim in place

1 football pitch Length of each permanent spoke is longer than a professional football pitch

• 2,400 Distance in kilometres of all the cable wires housed inside the spoke cables if they were joined end to end. That’s the same distance as Dubai to Cairo

• 16 Airbus A380s The equivalent weight of the wheel rim

• 250+ Height in meters of Ain Dubai, making it the world’s tallest observation wheel

 167 Height in metres of world’s second tallest observation wheel – the High Roller in Las Vegas, USA

15 London buses can fit inside each leg

25% More steel used in to construct Ain Dubai than iron was used on The Eiffel Tower

9,000 Tonnes of steel used in the construction of Ain Dubai