Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 February 2020

Engineering secrets of the world's tallest observation wheel Ain Dubai revealed in new documentary

The Bluewaters Island attraction is set to open later this year

Ain Dubai, which will be the world’s tallest observation wheel when it opens later this year, has been the subject of a new documentary shown on British television.

The attraction, which will open in time for Expo 2020, was featured in an episode of the series Impossible Engineering, which aired last week on channel Yesterday.

The show explores what goes in to building large-scale projects such as Ain Dubai, and the episode follows project manager Piers Sidey who revealed the process of getting the 250-metre ferris wheel erected on Dubai’s Bluewaters Island.

Sidey talked of how the frame was delivered in eight parts via a barge, before being welded together and launched with a special ‘push-pull’ system.

Ain Dubai will stand at almost twice the height of the London Eye and will be able to carry up to 1,900 people at a time in its 48 passenger pods.

It will surpass the current world record holding ferris wheel – the High Roller in Las Vegas – by more than 80 metres.

About 9,000 tonnes of steel was used in the construction of the wheel, which is 25 per cent more than the amount of iron used to build the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

You can find a link to the full episode here.

Updated: January 21, 2020 05:35 PM

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