The world's tallest Ferris wheel is set to open in 2020
17 April 2019| Last updated on 18 April 2019
An opening date for Ain Dubai, the world's tallest Ferris wheel, has FINALLY been announced.
That's right, visitors to the latest Dubai attraction will be able to take up a spot on Ain Dubai ahead of the Expo 2020's opening date and enjoy a bird's eye view of the city's skyline from a height of 250 metres!
Ain Dubai, the world's largest Ferris wheel will open on October 20th, 2020.
Located on Bluewaters Island, developers Meraas confirmed the exact date of its opening and despite being a little while away still, we're extremely excited.
If we compare it to other popular observation wheels around the world, Ain Dubai will be almost twice the size of the London Eye in London, UK - which is 135 metres high - and will dwarf the High Roller in Las Vegas, USA. The new landmark will be over 200% taller than the first-ever Ferris wheel, too!
According to Gulf News, Ain Dubai is in its final construction phase as the final 450-tonne temporary spoke has been removed and the last of the permanent spoke cables have been installed.
This "marks the first time the modern observation structure has been one complete wheel since construction began", Meraas said in a statement.
"The eight temporary spokes and braces were originally installed to hold the rim segments in place during the construction of the visually-striking wheel.
"As construction on Ain Dubai progresses, the colossal magnitude of the project becomes ever-clearer. With the removal of the final temporary steel spoke, the weight of the wheel rim has been entirely transferred to 192 spoke cables, which ensure the structural integrity of Ain Dubai through the process of permanent compression."
11 facts about Ain Dubai
- 5 tonnes: the weight of each permanent spoke cable that holds the wheel rim in place
- 1 football pitch: length of each permanent spoke is longer than a professional football pitch
- 2,400: distance in kilometres of all the cable wires housed inside the spoke cables if they were joined end to end. That’s the same distance as Dubai to Cairo.
- 16 Airbus A380s: The equivalent weight of the wheel rim
- 250+: height in meters of Ain Dubai, making it the world’s tallest observation wheel
- 167: height in metres of world’s second tallest observation wheel – the High Roller in Las Vegas, USA
- 135: height in metres of world’s third tallest observation wheel – the London Eye in London, United Kingdom
- 126: length in meters of the legs that support the structure
- 15: London buses can fit inside each leg
- 25: % more steel used in to construct Ain Dubai than iron was used on The Eiffel Tower
- 9,000: tonnes of steel used in the construction of Ain Dubai
When complete, Ain Dubai will be the tallest observation wheel in the world, standing more than 250 metres above the sophisticated Bluewaters island destination, looking out across Dubai’s glittering landscape.