Dubai Frame – The Largest Picture Frame on the Planet
Located in Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame is the city’s latest attraction. Recently opened last January 1, it is 150 meters high and 93 meters wide. The two towers represent old Dubai and new Dubai and they are connected by a 100-square meter bridge, which has a 25 square meter glass panel in the middle, offering guests a magnificent 360-degree view of the city.
The Dubai Frame was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, the same person responsible for designing the Dubai Renaissance Tower and Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers. The ground floor houses a museum showcasing Dubai’s transformation from a fishing village to the bustling metropolis that it is today. The newest attraction in the city cost AED 160 million to make and is predicted to become a major tourist destination, just like the Burj Al Arab and the Burk Khalifa.
Although the Frame was on my list of must-see attractions in the city, I have to admit that the level of excitement I had was not as high as that of the Burj Khalifa but I was still looking forward to seeing it. The Frame stands tall and mighty and is quite difficult to miss. Luckily, it was a working day when we went there so there was not much of a queue and the crowd was thin. We got our ticket at the main gate and slowly made our way to the park.
The Dubai Frame is made of glass, steel, reinforced concrete, and aluminum. After going through the not so interesting museum at the ground floor, we were ushered into the lift that took us to the bridge with glass floors. I am scared of heights, but I rise to the occasion and sweep my fear aside whenever the situation warrants, and this is one such situation, but I was more interested in observing the two sides of the city from a different perspective.
The contrast of the old part of the city when souks and low buildings and the present part of the city with high-rises, Burj Khalifa being the most prominent, is quite surreal to see. Who would have thought that one of today’s most advanced and most luxurious cities in the world was just a poor fishing village 40 years ago? It speaks so much of how the city has grown by leaps and bounds and how it continues to grow and move forward.
Dubai Frame opens at 9:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for AED50 for adults and AED20 for children. Access is free for children under three years old and people with disabilities.
HOW TO GET THERE
You can take the Metro, which starts at 6:00 am, to Zabeel Park through the red line to the Al Jafiliya metro stop. Parking is available near the Zabeel Park gates. You can then enter the frame from Gate 4.
WHAT TO WEAR
Dubai Frame is located in the city and is not a religious place, so you may wear casual dresses but remember to cover up during the winter months as it can be cold.
EATING AT THE DUBAI FRAME
Food is not allowed inside the building, however, there are various food trucks throughout the park which serve Middle Easters and Western food, so you can enjoy a meal before or after exploring the Dubai Frame.