Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai is an engineering marvel by Meraas set to become the world’s largest observation wheel.


Over 210m Over 210m
LED Lighting on wheel
27,000m 27,000m
Max jacking force required to erect the wheel
2500T 2500T
No. of drive units
8 8
No. of Drive wheels
64 64
Spoke Cables
192 192


  • Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Project Value

  • Confidential

Project Status

  • Under Construction


At over 210m, Ain Dubai is the world’s largest observation wheel and forms the spectacular centrepiece of Bluewaters. Towering high above the coastline, Ain Dubai will provide unparalleled 360-degree views of Dubai's urban landscape and key attractions. Once completed, this marvel of modern engineering will join the ranks of Dubai's most exceptional landmarks.
The 48 capsules each capable of carrying 40 passengers, can also be transformed to provide “in capsule” dining. There are also 6 dedicated VIP capsules that means this attraction will become a venue for all occasions.

WSP are appointed by Hyundai Engineering & Construction as their Lead Consultant and Architect of Record for both the wheel and terminal building.
As lead consultant WSP has managed and coordinated the design input from the 11 specialist designers/ suppliers appointed by Hyundai across the project. WSP has also worked closely with Dubai Municipality to guide them through the complexities of the design to ultimately obtain the required approval to allow construction to proceed.
Not surprising for a world record breaking structural feat there has been a significant number of technical challenges that the WSP team has played a key leadership role in developing innovative solutions for. Our team was also responsible for 4D (3D + schedule) modelling of the wheel, terminal building and extensive temporary works to assess the constructability and importantly the safety of each stage of the construction.
The WSP team has lead the Hazard identification process and is also preparing the safety case in consultation with the designer and independent safety advisor.
WSP worked with the internationally renowned Norwegian architect Snohetta on the design of the terminal building, a unique feature of which is the sunken plaza and that the building’s roof provides a unique and impressive access for the public between the retail and entertainment areas at Bluewaters.

WSP are also undertaking the design for the following elements on Bluewaters under a separate contract to Mirage
Retail area