Ain Dubai Observation Wheel
For the world’s largest observation wheel, commissioned for the Dubai World Expo, POMA built 48 outsized capsules, the largest and heaviest ever produced. The teams came up with evermore ingenious product development solutions and met a very high level of customer demand.
Internationally known for producing the capsules of the big wheels in London, Hong Kong and Las Vegas, the French expert POMA was called on again to design, produce and assemble the 48 capsules of the Dubai observation wheel.
Located 500 metres from the marina coastline on Bluewaters Island, the observation wheel will offer a panoramic view of the Dubai landscape from a height of 250 m, the new world record.
In order to meet the very demanding customer requirements and ensure the successful completion of such a large-scale project, particular attention was paid to the design of carriers.
Its agile organisation, the experience of its teams, and constant communication with the customer, enabled POMA to maintain control over the entire value chain of these two projects, from the commercial phase right through to delivery of the capsules on site. This expertise once again endorses customers’ confidence in POMA’s ability to carry out these monumental projects.
Finally, the project was driven by a single, common goal: to offer an extraordinary spectacle and a unique experience to the thousands of visitors expected each day.
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The world’s largest
Located 500 m from the marina coastline on Bluewaters Island, the observation wheel will offer a panoramic view of the enchanting landscape from a height of 250 m, the new world record.
As the project required a tight execution schedule, POMA deployed a team dedicated to this custom-built undertaking in record time, combining the expertise of the Group — POMA, SEMER, SACMI, SIGMA and POMA Beijing — with that of external specialists. Specific skills were thus brought together on a “project platform” for greater flexibility and communication between the various players involved. For example, two multicultural and multi-expert teams based in France worked daily with those of POMA Beijing and subcontractors from Italy, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Ain Dubai capsules in pictures
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POMA has been in the big wheel market for many years. The London Eye was the first to demonstrate our ability to carry out complex projects, thanks to our agile organisation and command of technology. We continued to apply our skills to smaller wheels on a regular basis: Baku (Azerbaijan), Chicago, Hong Kong and more. Today, the observation wheels of Dubai and Shenzhen confirm POMA’s place in the amusement park industry.
POMA special projects
France – Lyon – 2018
POMA carried out the special inspection of the iconic funicular railway in Lyon. During the inspection, its carriers as well as the drive station were completely renovated and upgraded in SIGMA’s workshops, according to the SYTRAL guidelines aimed at “providing users with an even greater level of comfort, while preserving the line’s historic heritage”.Read
Hong Kong Wheel
China – Hong Kong – 2014
POMA produced the 45 cabins for the Hong Kong observation wheel in China. The observation wheel offers spectacular views over the bay and megacity centre, both during the day and at night.Read
England – Brighton – 2016
POMA designed and manufactured the entire pod and drive system of the world’s tallest observation tower, known as the British Airways i360. A unique concept, located on the Brighton seafront in the south of England.Read
Shenzhen Observation Wheel
China – Shenzhen – 2020
POMA produced the 28 capsules of the observation wheel for the Chinese megalopolis of Shenzhen. Developed specifically to withstand a very hot and humid climate, they presented a real technical challenge, which the group’s teams managed to overcome.Read
United States – Miami – 2016
Miami International Airport inaugurated its two APMs in 2016 and 2017. The two APM trains travel 375 m and carry up to 12,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and terminal E.Read
Egypt – Cairo – 2012
The expanding Cairo International Airport, one of the largest in the Middle East, wanted a high-performance link to connect its three airport terminals and to provide access to the car parks and shopping centre. The specifications for the construction of the MiniMetro® were speed, silence, comfort, availability and also environmental considerations.Read
Liaison Blanc Blanc
France – Grenoble – 2010
“Liaison Blanc-Blanc” is more than just a funicular railway, it is a mini mobile clean room, ISO 6 classified, which connects the two controlled environment areas of the Grenoble CEA over 250 metres.Read
England – London – 2000
Right in the heart of London, on the banks of the River Thames, 32 rotating capsules climb to 135 m, taking visitors above the rooftops of London for an exceptional view of the entire capital.Read
The High Roller
United states – Las Vegas – 2014
Caesars Entertainment has entrusted the POMA Group with the design and manufacture of the High Roller observation wheel capsules. A flagship attraction of “The Linq”, a new urban and entertainment district in Las Vegas.Read