Golden Dubai Frame to be opened by year end

The new golden Dubai Frame will be opened before the end of the year. The project, costing AED160 million, is one of the most eagerly awaited icons which is going to dominate the city’s skyline.

Confirming this to a local newspaper, a senior Dubai Municipality official said Dubai Frame, the 150 metre-high, 193 metre-long golden tower featuring a glass bridge in Zabeel Park will be open before the end of this year.

Dubai Frame
Dubai Frame. Photo courtesy: dm.gov.ae

Dawood Al Hajri, assistant director-general for Engineering and Planning Sector, said, “Everything is going according to the schedule. The building is going to be one of the landmarks in Dubai and it will attract a lot of tourists. We will open it by the end of the year.”

The iconic tower is designed to frame the emirate, giving a 360 degree view of new and old Dubai’s skylines on either side of it. The construction of this tower started in the year 2013.

When asked about previous reports citing an opening date of Dubai Frame in October this year, Al Hajri said he was not aware of any such announcement. Asked if Dubai Frame is likely to open on the 46th UAE National Day in December, the official said he could “only confirm it would open before the end of the year.”

Dubai Municipality also released a video of the current status of the tower during the officials’ visit, featuring the first visuals of its interior.

The video of their visit showed the tower covered with golden cladding in the glass bridge on top and inner side of both the vertical shafts. The design of the golden cladding is inspired by the Expo 2020 logo.

There are modern and traditional architectural designs in the reception lobby and two other areas. The Frame will have interior spaces on the ground floor (the horizontal rib bottom of the frame) for exhibitions, which will display details of old Dubai in pictures and show how the city evolved since the sixties and how it is now.

The ground floor ends at the main panoramic elevator, which goes up through the rib of the Frame to get to the top floor.

At the top, visitors will have a bird’s-eye view of old Dubai as they look towards Al Karama, Umm Hurair, Bur Dubai and Deira. As they turn around, they will see the high-rise towers and development projects of new Dubai in contrast.

 

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Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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