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World's largest ferris wheel in Dubai is renamed

Formerly known as Dubai-I, the record-breaking observation wheel has now been renamed Ain Dubai

The Dubai-I has been renamed Ain Dubai.
The Dubai-I has been renamed Ain Dubai.

Construction of what will be the world's highest observation wheel has reached a significant milestone - and has been given a new name.

Formerly know as Dubai-I, the record-breaking attraction has now been renamed Ain Dubai - Ayn is the sixteenth letter of the Arabic alphabet and translates as eye. 

The observation wheel, located on Bluewaters Island off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, has had its hub and spindle lifted into place. 

They were manufactured and assembled in the UAE and shipped to the location due to their size.

The spindle has a diameter of 6.25m and is made of steel that is similar to that used for nuclear plants.

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

The hub will later be connected to the rim via 192 spoke cables, with the structure then resembling a gigantic bicycle wheel.

The Ain Dubai’s construction was made possible thanks to the help of two of the world’s largest cranes, each with an 180-metre-long boom and the capability to lift more than 3,000 tonnes.

The process of welding the spindle A-frames to the 126-metre-high four legs will take approximately four weeks, and the cranes will continue holding the weight of the unit for the first two weeks of this operation.\

Omar Delawar, chief projects officer at Meraas, said: "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."







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