WATCH: A sneak-peek of Dubai's mega-ton ferris wheel set to open in 2020

2019-04-25 06:14
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Dubai-based holding company Meraas has confirmed that Ain Dubai will be completed in time for Expo 2020 Dubai celebrations.

Responsible for iconic developments like Dubai's Harbour, Marais continues to push the boundaries with its latest endeavour that stands over 250m high, and will be over "200 percent taller than the first ever Ferris wheel". 

Taking modern engineering and construction to a new level, Meraas also confirmed that the eighth and final 450-ton temporary spoke has been successfully removed from the structure and the last of the permanent spoke cables has been installed, as progress on the project continues tirelessly.

This process marks the first time the modern observation structure has been one complete wheel since construction began, says the company. 

"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. Cumulatively, the eight temporary steel spokes and rim braces weighed more than 5 000 tonnes."

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