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Dubai Frame opens door to public

19 January 2018

The 150m tall and 93m wide hollow, gold-plated observation tower, The Dubai Frame, has opened doors in the city’s Zabeel Park early this month. Visitors to Dubai now have an unusual vantage point from which to take in the emirate’s ever-expanding skyline. This golden frame is the latest addition to Dubai’s packed skyline.

The Dubai Frame is believed to be the world’s largest picture frame, as its glass-bottomed ‘sky deck’ offers a 360 degree view of both old and new Dubai. Established by the Dubai Municipality, the Dubai Frame cost over $68million to build.

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The experience starts with the past. The old pavilion includes a courtyard and traditional Emirati homes, a traditional old souk selling handicrafts, and a construction site, all of which depicts Dubai’s development since the discovery of oil. When looking south from the tower, the hyper-modern skyscrapers of Dubai dominate the skyline, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

From the opposite end, some of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods can be viewed. When looking south from the tower, Dubai’s battery of hyper-modern skyscrapers dominate, including world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, from the opposite side. Some of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods also come into view.

An elevator trip takes visitors upto the sky deck offering floor to ceiling views. A glass floor with a dizzying view of the ground 150m below is a unique experience. The elevator ride down, brings visitors to the Future Pavilion, which showcases various Dubai industries in 2050, including infrastructure, transport technologies, and Dubai’s plans to land in space, and education, health and security sectors.

The Frame is expected to be a major attraction in Dubai. A museum on its lower floor displays Dubai’s journey from being a sleepy fishing village to global destination, while an immersive video experience predicts what the emirate will look like in 2050.   

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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