The high performance system of International products being applied to the structure includes Interzinc 52 primer; Intergard 475HS (a high build epoxy providing protection against corrosion); Interthane 990 (a high build epoxy finish coating); and Interfine 979 polysiloxane topcoat.
“Given the harsh local climate and Ain Dubai’s proximity to the water, it was important to specify a system which provides both corrosion and UV resistance,” added Andrea Meconcelli, AkzoNobel’s Performance Coatings Director for the Middle East. “The specification is designed to deliver maximum protection, as well as offering outstanding color and gloss retention.”
Modelled after the London Eye, Ain Dubai will provide 360-degree views of the city and the Persian Gulf. Featuring 48 passenger capsules, it has a maximum capacity of 1,400 people. A full rotation will take 48 minutes.
AkzoNobel has a growing presence in the UAE, with the company having established itself in Dubai in 2011. An advanced application training center was also opened in Dubai last year. Other high profile projects in the UAE to have featured AkzoNobel’s products in recent years include the Yas Viceroy Hotel, Aldar HQ and Sheikh Zayed Bridge, all located in Abu Dhabi.