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World’s tallest observation wheel to be ready for Expo 2020 Dubai
The much anticipated Ain Dubai - set to be the world’s tallest observation wheel at more than 250 metres - will be completed in time for Expo 2020, developer Meraas announced this week..
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 Meraas statement advised “the process marks the first time the modern observation structure has been one complete wheel since construction began.”
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 - and will stand over 200% taller than the world’s first ever Ferris wheel.
According to Meraas, over 9,000 tonnes of steel has been used in the construction of Ain Dubai, 25% more than the amount of iron used on the Eiffel Tower.
3rd September 2018 - Dubai Safari to reopen under Meraas management
29th May 2018 - Dubai spends US$42.5 billion on mega projects ahead of Expo 2020
7th September 2017 - Uncertain future for Hong Kong Observation Wheel
20th June 2017 - World’s largest spokeless ferris wheel opens in China
13th October 2016 - Authorities plan to reuse more than 80% of Dubai Expo 2020 site
13th July 2016 - World’s highest observation wheel takes shape in Dubai
17th August 2015 - Ferris Wheel Dining Experience set to return to Luna Park Sydney
28th October 2014 - Delhi Eye observation wheel finally opens
28th July 2014 - World’s fourth largest ferris wheel debuts in Danang
11th April 2014 - Melbourne Star Observation Wheel welcomes 100,000th guest
26th January 2014 - Dubai ready to build world’s largest ferris wheel
4th December 2013 - After Expo 2020, Dubai considers 2024 Olympics bid
11th March 2013 - Dubai to build world’s largest Ferris wheel
23rd June 2008 - Observation Wheel set to roll into Perth
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