A new landmark is soon to be enhancing Dubai’s landscape. The Dubai Frame, located near Star Gate in Zabeel Park, opened to the public on January 1st. This New Year gift to the people, according to an official press release by Dubai Municipality, brings a new major architectural landmark icon and is sure to become a favorite tourist attraction with an expected 2 million visitors each year.
The Dubai Frame features a stainless-steel gold cladding over its exterior (inspired by the Expo 2020 logo) that gives it a bling and glittering look. Now, visitors have the ability to take a tour of the internal space of this extraordinary giant structure that was originally designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis and project-managed by Emaar who has a record of developing and delivering world-class projects in the UAE.
The creation of this landmark wasn’t easy. The much-delayed project was launched in 2013 and cost AED160 million to construct; it encountered a few holdups along the way which delayed its completion and affected the opening date.
What’s unique about the Dubai Frame is that it’s assembled in an environmentally friendly design which resembles a “picture frame” with views of the entire city, both old and new, said Ahmed Thani Al Matrooshi, managing director at Emaar. The interior space houses the city’s evolution and displaying information that “tells the story of the development of Dubai, with presentations spanning decades of city development,” as mentioned in Gulf News.
Interesting Construction Facts of the Dubai Frame. It comprises of two 150 meters high towers that are connected by a 93-meter-wide bridge with a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle featuring an observation deck that offers a 360-degree view of the city and revealing both old communities (Al Karama, Umm Hurair, Bur Dubai and Deira) and modern developments (Burj Khalifa and Emirates Towers). On the ground floor at the horizontal rib bottom of the frame) is an exhibition—a gallery and a museum—showcasing how Dubai has evolved and transformed since the sixties—i.e., from fishing village to metropolis. There’s also a souvenir shop to buy mementos. There, one can see the social media wall of photos that have been taken at the bridge which visitors can then purchase if they so wish.
As they wait to take the tour, visitors can enjoy a dancing fountain display just outside the Dubai Frame. An elevator which goes up through the rib of the Frame brings people to the top floor and to a glass bridge to observe the spectacular view that is not for those afraid of heights!
Ticket Prices are Dh50 per adult and Dh 20 per child over three years of age. With no paper tickets available for the Dubai Frame, visitors will need to get their entry pass online through an app, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of the municipality, with bookings based on time slots (open daily from 10am to 7pm) that must be purchased at least one-hour before visiting because only a group of 20 people are allowed per tour at any one time.
The Dubai Frame looks extraordinary and depicts a picture-perfect Dubai. Just another wonderful landmark to visit while in the UAE.