Dubai, the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, is home to several landmarks. From the tallest skyscraper to the biggest shopping mall to even the longest driverless metro, Dubai is brimming with tourist attractions. But the city is not one to rest on its laurels. Which is why, adding another feather to its cap, Dubai has opened the “World’s Largest Picture Frame” to the public. The 150 meters tall frame is located in Dubai’s Zabeel Park and offers panoramic views of the skyline while framing views of iconic buildings such as the Burj Khalifa for visitors and residents all across the city. The Dubai Frame project costs a whopping 160 million dirhams.
The ‘Dubai Frame’ has been opened to the public in the beginning of 2018 nearly a decade after it was first proposed. Reportedly, visitors can ascend the structure to reach the 100-meter-long viewing bridge which connects the two towers. This bridge has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle offering a great 360-degree view. Landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama. The location of Zabeel park was chosen so that visitors get to see both old and new Dubai. A neon ‘vortex’ tunnel will then usher visitors into an interactive, augmented reality exhibition on the history and future of the city.
The park will be open from 10 am to 7 pm. Ticket prices are Dh50 for adults and Dh20 for children between 3 to 12 years, while entry for people above the age of 60 is free. The frame can take up to 200 people per hour. The Khaleej Times quotes the Dubai Municipality saying that in two weeks time, visitors can pre-book their tours in Dubai Frame and Dubai Safari Park online through an integrated website and app. The tickets can be displayed on smartphones during entry.
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The project has been designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower. There have however been reports that the design has been used without the consent of the architect. Reportedly, Donis had refused to sign the contract given by the Dubai municipality that allegedly restricted his role in the project. In an interview with The Guardian, Donis said that the city hired Hyder Consulting and proceeded without him.