Fifth wheel rim section now installed at Ain Dubai
Five out of the eight wheel rim sections at Ain Dubai have been successfully installed
Dubai-based developer Meraas has announced the installation of the fifth of eight 107-metre sections of the Ain Dubai wheel rim on the Bluewaters development.
The hub and spindle at Ain Dubai were set in place last year and the final structure will include around 9,000 tonnes of steel, almost 25% more than the amount of iron used to construct the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Ain Dubai will be over 210 metres tall, higher than the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island.
Omar Delawar, chief projects officer at Meraas, said: “With the first five sections of the wheel rim already connected to the hub, two winch devices have been fitted to rotate the wheel in a way that will allow Ain Dubai to receive the sixth, and subsequent sections of the wheel rim.
“Each rim section weighs roughly the same as two Airbus A380 aircraft and must be rested on five temporary support structures connected to the hub, as well as two 115-metre spokes”.
According to a statement by Meraas, all eight sections of the rim have been manufactured using high-grade German and Korean steel and individually shipped to Ain Dubai by barge.
The sections are currently being manoeuvred into position by a team of engineers and technicians using cranes with a lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes.
The wheel rim sections are connected to the hub and spindle by a total of 192 heavy-duty cables, each comprised of more than a hundred separate wires that are pre-tensioned with up to 300 tonnes of force.
The cables will eventually support the combined 7,500 tonne weight of the rim and its capsules.
Ain Dubai’s 48 high-tech passenger capsules are being manufactured by Swiss Rides on behalf of the project’s main contractor, Hyundai, and will accommodate 40 passengers each within 30m2 of space.
Fitted with smart climate control and LED screens, the capsules are expected to be installed in 2018.