Dubai has yet again proved to be the city of superlatives and the latest ace up its sleeve is the Dubai Frame. This architectural wonder comprises of 2 towers, 150m each joined by a 93m long bridge at the top with a void in the center , rising from Dubai ’s Zabeel Park. Also known as Berwaz Dubai, the Frame was designed to “frame” Dubai ‘s evolution from an ordinary fishing village to the glittering cosmopolitan city it has become. From up there, you can view Dubai’s past, present and future at the same. Read along to know how!
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Dubai Frame - Building & Design
The Dubai Frame is touted to be one of the main tourist attractions of 2018 , alongside the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. The Frame was designed by the award winning architect Fernando Donis who has also designed 2 other prominent buildings in Dubai - Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower. Its opulence decor studded with stainless gold cladding is a tribute to Dubai’s reputation as the ‘City of Gold’. Moreover, the honeycomb like golden ring design on the building’s exterior is inspired by the logo of Expo 2020, which is to be hosted in Dubai.
Quick facts to awe you
- The Dubai Frame was constructed using 2000 tons of steel and 2,900 sqm of laminated glass.
- It flaunts 15,000 sqm of gold cladding.
- The construction of Dubai Frame began way back in 2013 and the project is said to have undergone a 3 year delay.
- They are expecting a tourist footfall of 2 million people in 2018.
- The Dubai Frame Projects costed Dhs 160 million.
Dubai Frame Location
The architect says that there is also a strategic reasoning behind the chosen location of the Frame. Zabeel Park, one of Dubai’s oldest parks is set right in the middle of Dubai’s pearl-diving beginnings and glitzy urban cityscape. Since, the purpose of the frame is to give visitors a glimpse to the humble past and ambitious future while standing in its megalopolis present, no location serves the purpose better than Zabeel Park. In a similar vein, being close to the Dubai Creek allows visitors to enjoy aerial views of the abras on the water, a distant glimpse of the Arabian Gulf and other such sharp details.
Since it is one of the latest additions to Dubai's kitty of attractions and certain Tripadvisor reviewers are not so happy with their experience, some of you maybe confused whether to add this on your Dubai Bucket List. Well, here's our take on your Dubai Frame Experience. We'll take you through what to expect inside Dubai Frame and hopefully by the end of it you’ll have better clarity on what the whole Dubai Frame hype is and whether its worth your time and money
The Dubai Frame Experience
Slip into the past
Your stint with Dubai Frame begins from the mezzanine wherein you will walk through a museum cum gallery that takes you through Dubai’s humble beginnings as a Bedouin fishing village .The ‘Past Dubai Gallery’ takes you through an absorbent journey with astounding exhibits, projections, AV presentations and specially fabricated scents and mists , the museum tells the story of the city’s origin, detailing its evolution to the global microcosm it has grown to. This experience stays with you long after you step out of here and sets the right mood for your journey to the top of the Frame.
Sweeping Panoramic Views
A glass elevator will then swoosh you up 48 floors in 75 seconds and take you to the viewing gallery on top from where you can feast your eyes on consumingly beautiful views. Your ride up in the elevator is an experience by itself because the glass panels allow you to watch the views unfurl as you make your way up. This colossal structure offers two strikingly different perspectives to the city. To the South lies Downtown Dubai with its skyscrapers and glitzy skyline with famous landmarks like Burj Khalifa, Emirates Tower and other feats of urban engineering showcasing Dubai’s modern outfit. To the North you will see the low rises of Deira, Karama and Umm Harare drenched in the traditional roots of the city safeguarded by pearl diving merchants, the city’s age old souk and the abra studded Dubai Creek. The entirety of Dubai’s transmuting landscape spread out in all its glory will leave you awestruck and a tad bit more in love with the city.
Tiptoe on a Glass Bridge
Yet again a first of its kind in the Middle East, the Dubai Frame boasts a state of the art 25 sqm glass bridge connecting the two towers of the frame. As long as you’re not acrophobic, you will savour walking on this glass bottomed sky deck that gives you the feeling of walking on thin air. This Glass Bridge looks like frosted glass until you lay your feet on it. The minute you step on it, the mistiness clears up unveiling the jaw dropping views of Zabeel Park and the rest of Dubai below your feet! Though it sounds scary, 10 steps onto the sky deck, you’ll be up for a summersault! If you’re an acrophobic, here’s something to lure you - The glass is crack proof and made of the best quality glass hence falling is out of question. Let go of your fears and walk above Dubai.
Whiz into the future
After walking on the Glass Bridge, make your way back to the mezzanine for the last leg of your Dubai Frame journey and travel through time to the future! Sounds exciting right? Another immersive gallery called the ‘Future Dubai Gallery’ awaits you to take you through a futuristic journey with the help of a Vortex tunnel. This tunnel enhanced with AR technology , special audio and visual effects gives you a feel of being encapsulated in a time machine and landing in a version of Dubai 50 years from now. The idea is to create an illusion of time, travel through a warp swirl and arrive into Dubai in 2050
The Dubai Frame has 2 tiny kiosks on the top selling sinful sweets - Godiva Chocolates and a Japanese bakery named Yamanote Atelier. They say chocolates are the perfect companions for views from such heights! At the exit you have the Dubai Frame souvenir shop from where you can pick up classy merchandise like mugs, t-shirts , caps and keychains emblazoned with the Dubai Frame icon.
Best time to visit Dubai Frame
For a true blue Dubai Frame affair, the ideal time for visit would be around sunset. The golden rays of the sun reflecting off the glass frame with intricate gold designs combined with an urban panorama is sheer phenomenal!. Check the sunset timings for the day you are looking to visit and book tickets accordingly. Be warned, a lot many people seek to visit this mesmerising sight at the very same time, so book your tickets online in advance to make sure you are amongst the 200 allowed during the sunset hours.
Those looking for a starlight view, plan a night visit. After dusk, Dubai in its sparkling glory is equally breathtaking. Though you may not have the sharpest of views at night, it is a worthy bargain.
Dubai Frame Tickets
As of 15th April 2018 , entry only tickets to Dubai Frame cannot be purchased online. You are required to purchase these tickets from the kiosk at the entrance. However, online tickets will soon be available online post which you can avoid queuing outside the ticket booth.
Dubai Frame Timings
Daily 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Dubai Frame Ticket Categories
- Adults - Dh50
- Children - Dh20
- Children under the age of 3, senior citizens ( above 65 years of age) and differently abled visitors - Free access.
Reaching Dubai Frame
- By Metro Take the Red Line to Al Jafiliya Metro Station and walk towards Gate 4 AKA Star Gate of Zabeel Park.
- By Bus You can use Moovit to find the best possible bus route to Dubai Frame ( https://moovit.com/)
- By Car Feed in Zabeel Park Gate One on your GPS to reach the public parking near Zabeel Park. From here, Gate 4 AKA Star Gate is a short walk away.
- Only 200 visitors are allowed per hour at the Dubai Frame. It is advised to reach atleast an hour early in order to keep ample buffer for purchasing tickets.
- Individual tours allow a maximum of 20 people at a time.
- Luggage and large bags are not allowed inside the Dubai Frame. You will required to deposit these at a locker during the period of your visit.
- Strollers are not allowed inside the Dubai Frame. Parents with children are required to deposit the strollers at the entrance and carry their child during the course of the visit should need be. Strollers can damage the glass, hence this rule is to be strictly abided.
- Photography is strictly prohibited in both the galleries. Other parts of the Dubai Frame permits photography.