Residents and tourists rushed on the first day of 2018 to get the first sight on Dubai’s latest landmark. Rising 150 meters from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, the “World’s Largest Picture Frame” has officially opened in the UAE.
The 150 meter tall Dubai Frame that had been taking shape for the last couple of years, opened for public on Monday, offering people a 360 degree view of Dubai’s skyline. Latest in a series of iconic landmarks to open in the city, Dubai Frame houses the UAE’s first glass sky bridge that straddles the twin towers of the gold-cladded frame.
Nearly a decade after it was first proposed, visitors can now ascend the structure to its 93 meter-long viewing bridge, which features a glass-floored walkways and full-height views out to the old city of Deira to the north and the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road toward the south. A neon “vortex” tunnel will then usher visitors into an interactive, augmented reality exhibition on the history and future of the city.
The 93 meter long sky bridge, from where the visitors get a view of the old and new parts of Dubai, is 48 floors above the ground.
Open from 10am to 7pm the Dubai Frame can accommodate up to 200 people per hour. Soon, entry to the frame will be paperless and in two weeks, an integrated website and app will allow visitors to pre-book their tours in Dubai Frame and Dubai Safari Park online.
But the building has proven controversial in the past. Last year, it was revealed that the design may have been used without the consent of its original architect. “They took my project, changed the design and built it without me,” says Fernando Donis, the Mexican architect whose frame proposal won an international competition in 2008 for a “tall emblem structure to promote the new face of Dubai”.
Nevertheless, this is an extraordinary sight to be seen.