The hotly anticipated Ain Dubai will be completed in time for Expo 2020, developer Meraas announced on Wednesday.
Standing at more than 250 metres high, Ain Dubai will be the world’s tallest observation wheel and will stand over 200 percent taller than the world’s first ever Ferris wheel.
On Wednesday, Meraas said that the eighth and final 450-tonne temporary spoke has been removed for the structure, while the last of the wheel’s permanent spoke cables has been installed.
“The process marks the first time the modern observation structure has been one complete wheel since construction began,” the Meraas statement said.
With the removal of the temporary wheel spoke, the weight of the wheel rim has been completely transferred to 192 spoke cables, ensuring the integrity of the structure through the process of “permanent compression.”
Cumulatively, the eight temporary steel spokes and rim braces weighed over 5,000 tonnes.
The Ain Dubai is considerably taller than the current tallest observation wheel - the 167 metre tall High Roller in Las Vegas.
According to Meraas, over 9,000 tonnes of steel has been used in the construction of Ain Dubai, 25 percent more than the amount of iron used on the Eiffel Tower.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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