World’s largest ferris wheel takes shape in Dubai


Residents can now get an eyeful of the next world-record breaking Dubai wonder that’s coming up, set to add another feature in the emirate’s skyline. Driving down Sheikh Zayed road and from the Dubai Marina, you can see the rim of what’s soon-to-be the largest Ferris wheel in the world – according to Meraas.

The fifth of eight 108-metre sections of Ain Dubai has been installed. The wheel rim is now clearly visible at Bluewaters, where the landmark is being assembled. Once finished, Ain Dubai is expected to be one of the emirate’s most iconic destinations, offering visitors a 360-degree view of the city and its coastline.

“Ain Dubai reflects our ambition of creating new destinations that contribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, vision of a city where people are encouraged to create, explore and enjoy. It embodies the pioneering and innovative nature of a city that has pushed the boundaries of modern engineering,” Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman at Meraas, said.

At over 210 metres tall, Ain Dubai will eclipse the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island, in New York City.

Its hub and spindle were set in place last year and the final structure will include around 9,000 tonnes of steel, almost 25 per cent more than the amount of iron used to construct the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.