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The world's largest observation wheel opens to the public on October 21st

Ain Dubai at Sunset
Ain Dubai at Sunset   -   Copyright  Dubai Holding
By Evan Bourke

The worlds largest observation wheel opens to the public on October 21st. The wheel situated on the coastline of Dubai stands over 250 meters tall setting a new Guinness world record. Its called 'Ain Dubai' (which means Dubai Eye in Arabic) and eclipses Londons wheel 'The London Eye', which stands at only 135 meters tall.

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Located on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai overlooks the Palm Jumeriah.Dubai Holding

The facts

  • The record-breaking structure includes around 11,200 tonnes of steel, approximately 33 per cent more than the amount of iron used to construct the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Each of the permanent spoke cables responsible for maintaining the wheel's structural integrity is made from smaller 9mm thick wires. Laid out, end-on-end, they would span 2,400km – the same distance from Paris to Moscow.
  • Ain Dubai's 48 air-conditioned cabins can hold up to 1,750 passengers at a time, showing them the holiday hotspot from a new perspective.
  • One complete rotation of the wheel takes 38 minutes.
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Ain Dubai's view of Dubai Marina.Dubai Holding

The Construction

In a city that is constantly pushing the boundaries of architecture, this latest feat was undertaken by Dubai developer Meeras, and cost almost €228 million.

Although located in the GCC region, many European countries had a significant role in constructing Ain Dubai.

The key engineering on the cabins came from France, whilst the control system and communication system was provided by Italy. Key engineering on the main structure and project management was sourced from the Netherlands and the UK. The highest level of technical expertise was ensured by a reputable independent checking engineer from Germany. Most of the steel for the project was produced in Germany, locally in the UAE and further afield in South Korea.

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48 air-conditioned cabins can hold up to 1,750 passengers at a time.Dubai Holding

Mohamed Sharaf, the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Holding Entertainment, told Euronews that the project will boost Dubai's tourism. He said, "Ain Dubai is a testament to one of the many innovative initiatives developed by Dubai to further enhance its competitiveness as a key international tourism destination in continuation of Dubai's drive to achieve new global heights."