Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

World’s highest observation wheel takes shape in Dubai

World’s highest observation wheel takes shape in Dubai
July 13, 2016

Dubai developer Meraas has confirmed that work on Ain Dubai, the world’s highest and largest observation wheel, has reached a ‘significant milestone’.

Part of the Bluewaters Island project at Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residences, the wheel, previously called Dubai-I now has the hub and spindle assembly now in place.

The hub and spindle were manufactured and assembled in the UAE and shipped to Bluewaters Island due to their large size.

The spindle has a diameter of 6.25 metres and is made of steel similar to that used for nuclear plants. Three machines were imported from Singapore to produce the circularity.

Overall, the assembled hub and spindle is approximately 40 metres long and 20 metres high and weighs 1,805 tonnes – equivalent to four A380 aircrafts.

A Meraas statement advised  that the hub will later be connected to the rim through 192 spoke cables, with the structure then resembling a gigantic bicycle wheel.

Two of the world’s largest cranes – each with a lifting capacity of more than 3,000 tonnes – have been installed at the construction site to place the hub and spindle on top of the 126-metre-high legs.

The process of welding the spindle frames to the legs will take approximately four weeks, the statement said.

Meraas Chief Projects Officer Omar Delawar stated “once completed, Ain Dubai will emerge as an engineering masterpiece and a spectacular attraction, adding a unique experience and vantage point to the list of things to do in Dubai.

“Ferris wheels and observation wheels offer the gentle thrill of being conveyed up in the air and have fascinated people for several hundred years.”

Ain Dubai is set to become the main attraction on Bluewaters Island, which will also feature entertainment, retail, residential and hospitality offerings.

Images: Ain Dubai' spindle is transported to the construction site (top) and how Ain Dubai will look when complete (below).

11th April 2016 - IAAPA CHARTS DEVELOPMENT OF UAE ATTRACTIONS

26th July 2014 - DUBAI’S LATEST LEISURE DEVELOPMENTS

4th May 2014 - DUBAI’S US$1.6 BILLION TOURISM ISLAND PLAN TO BE REDESIGNED

26th January 2014 - DUBAI READY TO BUILD WORLD’S LARGEST FERRIS WHEEL


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

LANDER & ROGERS

Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more

Legal

 
 

Australian Innovative Systems

Australian Innovative Systems (AISystems) is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water…

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Technology

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

RHINOPLAY

Rhinoplay offers playground equipment in Australia that is safe, durable, and most importantly fun! We specialise in creating unique indoor playgrounds for play centres and outdoor playgrounds for…

read more

Parks / Play / Surfaces

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business