Giant new observation wheel to be ready for 2020
The new world tallest observation wheel - the AIN Dubai - will be completed in time for Expo 2020 Dubai celebrations, and the below infographic shows the amazing scale of the project.
The constructor behind the project, Meraas, has stated that AIN will stand at over 250 metres high, and the structure will be over 200% taller than the first ever Ferris wheel.
Meraas also confirmed that the eighth and final 450-tonne 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 unabated.
This process marks the first time the modern observation structure has been one complete wheel since construction began.
The eight temporary spokes and braces were originally installed to hold the rim segments in place during the construction of the visually-striking wheel.
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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