Ain Dubai (Arabic: عين دبي) is an observation wheel on Bluewaters Island, near the Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is due to open in 2020 as the world's tallest Ferris wheel.
The 250m tall Ain Dubai at Bluewaters Island in the United Arab Emirates was announced in February 2013. At that time construction was planned to begin in June 2013 and completion expected sometime during 2015, at an estimated cost of US$1.6 billion for the entire Blue Island project, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Starneth Engineering were appointed as the primary design and construction contractors. Construction eventually began almost two years behind schedule in May 2015, anticipating completion in early to mid-2019. Further delays pushed the target opening to October 20, 2020, in order to coincide with Expo 2020, but this itself has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project for the wheel itself has an estimated cost of AED 1 billion ($270m). When completed, it will be 42.5 m (139 ft) taller than the current world's tallest Ferris wheel, the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014, and 19.5 m (64 ft) taller than the 190.5 m (625 ft) New York Wheel planned for Staten Island. Design and construction are being undertaken by Hyundai Contracting and Starneth Engineering, with actual construction being undertaken from May 2015 onwards.
The wheel will be able to carry up to 1,400 passengers, in its 48 capsules, and provide views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa. Its base will serve as an entertainment zone, and an 80-metre (260 ft) LED screen will be mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information. The first passenger capsule was installed on August 21, 2020.
Ain Dubai Facts
5 tonnes: the weight of each permanent spoke cable that holds the wheel rim in place.
1 football pitch: length of each permanent spoke is longer than a professional football pitch.
2,400 kilometres: distance of all the cable wires housed inside the spoke cables if they were joined end to end, equal to the distance from Dubai to Cairo.
16 Airbus A380s: the equivalent weight of the wheel rim.
250+ metres: height of Ain Dubai, making it the world’s tallest observation wheel.
167 metres: height of world’s second tallest observation wheel – the High Roller in Las Vegas.
135 metres: height of world’s third tallest observation wheel – the London Eye.
126 metres: length of the legs that support the structure.
15 London buses can fit inside each leg.
25% more steel used in to construct Ain Dubai than iron was used on The Eiffel Tower.
9,000 tonnes of steel used in the construction of Ain Dubai.