The world’s tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, will open in the city next year.
The last of the permanent spoke cables has now been installed and construction is continuing, according to Meraas, the developer. No further details of the launch date were released, although it is expected to open before the beginning of Expo2020 in October.
Ain Dubai, which stands more than 250 metres tall on Bluewaters Island, just off JBR, is more than 80m taller than the current record holder, the 167m High Roller in Las Vegas.
And it is almost double the height of the world’s third tallest observation wheel, the London Eye, which is 135m.
The wheel is made out of 192 cable wires, totaling 2,400km, the same distance between Dubai and Cairo. The weight of its rim is equal to 16 Airbus A380 superjumbos.
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.
Around 30 buses could fit inside each leg supporting the wheel, which will carry 48 passenger capsules with a capacity of 1,900 people.
The wheel is located on Bluewaters Island, one of Dubai’s latest developments, which opened in late 2018.
Home to Caesars Palace, Caesars Resort and Caesars Residences, the island development is accessible from the mainland by a road bridge from Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as a 15-minute walk using a pedestrian bridge from The Beach.