New architectural landmark..the Dubai Frame is a 150m tall observation structure located in Zabeel Park.
It serves to only one purpose …a VIEW, but you can tell this about Eiffel Tower too 🙂
Two towers are connected by a 93m long bridge with partially glass floor to maximize the enjoyment of the height. It was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis who also designed the amazing Chinese TV headquarters skyscraper in Beijing.
The Dubai Frame is visible pretty much from everywhere and you will probably get the first glimpse of it on the way from the airport. The main highway to the city passes next to it. So look to the right…
Cost of the project was AED160milion ( USD44mil.) and after lengthy ( 5 years ) construction process, was finally opened in January 2018.
The elevator to the top takes exactly one minute and offers nice views of the surrounding areas.
The entire experience is designed as a three-part journey: old Dubai, present Dubai and future Dubai.
Starting from the mezzanine level the visitors experience the old Dubai: projections, mist effect, and motion that creates an immersive mood setting of space. The Past Gallery describes the project and tells the story of city’s evolution and the old city.
Visitors are taken to the second experience on the Sky deck level representing the present Dubai. They experience 360-degree views of Dubai, “Old Dubai” to the north, and “New Dubai” to the south. This is supported by augmented reality activated screens, by which the visitors can identify buildings and landmarks and exploring interesting facts or observing buildings and landmarks. Also, a glass floor 48 floors above the ground waits for the brave.
Finally, the visitors exit the elevator onto the mezzanine floor and pass through a swirling tunnel with special audio and visual effects. The idea is to create an illusion of time travel through a warp swirl and arriving in the city 50 years ahead.
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NOT IMPRESSED by :
- photography is not allowed in “Old and Future Dubai” areas. I do not understand why, as this is a tourist attraction, but you will come across some weird rules around Dubai from time to time. I was taking pictures anyway, so up to you 🙂
- the outside cladding has some sort of circles making the view and taking photos difficult…hmmm
- motion sensor glass floor viewing panels on the bridge are switching on and off themselves, making difficult to take a decent picture…:(
- OPENING HOURS: 9am-9pm daily
- TICKETS: AED50 at the Gate ( the website sells tickets through an agency and it’s more expensive )
- LOCATION: ZABEEL PARK, GATE 4
The overall visit experience was good, but to be honest, you can get similar views from every other Dubai skyscraper. It’s a sort of pointless attraction, but it looks nice from the outside. Only go when visibility is good and perhaps connect with visit of other interesting places near by such as Al Seef, Dubai Creek or Dubai Glow Garden.
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