Hub and spindle lifted into place for world’s largest observation wheel in Dubai

The world’s largest observation wheel set for Dubai’s Bluewaters Island has reached a significant milestone after its hub and spindle was lifted into place.

The Meraas development Ain Dubai (formerly known as Dubai-I) will be located opposite the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline, and will open up 360 degree views of Dubai.


The hub and spindle of the observation wheel were manufactured and assembled in the UAE before being shipped to the Bluewaters Island due to their size. The spindle is 6.25 in diameter and made of steel.

The assembled hub and spindle is approximately 40 metres long and 20 metres high and weighs 1,805 – equivalent to four A380 airplanes.


The hub will later be connected to the rim via 192 spoke cables, with the structure then resembling a giant bicycle wheel.


“Once completed, Ain Dubai will emerge as an engineering masterpiece, the first of its kind in the industry, and a truly spectacular must-visit attraction, adding a unique experience and vantage point to the list of things to do in Dubai,” said Omar Delawar, chief projects officer at Meraas.

spindle details

“Ferris wheels and observation wheels offer the gentle thrill of being conveyed up in the air and have fascinated people for several hundred years. Our iconic attraction heralds a new era in the world of entertainment and will introduce the unforgettable option of viewing Dubai from the skies.”



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