World's largest Ferris wheel crosses halfway mark in Dubai

Five out of the eight wheel rim sections at Ain Dubai have been successfully installed

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Ain Dubai, the world's largest observation wheel, has crossed the halfway mark following the successful installation of the fifth sections of its wheel rim.

According to a recent release, the wheel rim is now clearly visible at Bluewaters, where the landmark is being assembled. Once completed, Ain Dubai will offer visitors and residents 360-degree-views of the city and its spectacular coastline.

The 210-metres tall, observation deck will surpass the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island. 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.

The release added that when it’s finished, the rim and its 48 capsules, due to be installed in 2018, will weigh 7,500 tonnes supported by 192 heavy-duty cables, each of which is comprised of over one hundred separate cables.

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