The Dubai Frame, also known as Dubai Golden Frame or with the old name Al Berwaz Tower, is a futuristic skyscraper located in Dubai’s Zabeel Park, one of the main parks in the city.
Strolling from the parts of Deira and in the districts of Dubai along the Dubai Creek you will not fail to notice its unmistakable silhouette. From its top you can see both the new and the old parts of Dubai, and you can discover many interesting things about the history and culture of the UAE.
What you will find in this guide to visiting the Dubai Frame:
- Some Interesting Facts About The Dubai Frame
- How to Visit the Dubai Frame
- Dubai Frame Opening Hours
- Dubai Frame Tickets and Prices
- How to get to the Dubai Frame
- Things to see and do around the Dubai Frame
Some Interesting Facts About The Dubai Frame
Dubai Frame is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in Dubai and one of the most quirky buildings in the world. It has been dubbed “the world’s largest picture-frame” by The Guardian and is undoubtedly one of the most iconic buildings in Dubai.
The Dubai Frame was designed by the architect Fernando Donis, selected as the winner of a competition by the Government of Dubai, and the works for its construction were completed on January 1st 2018.
In 2009 the theme of the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Award, an annual competition sponsored by one of the world’s leading elevator companies, was to design an emblem that would be able to promote “the new face for Dubai”.
Among the 926 design proposals presented at the competition, Fernando Donis‘ was chosen. His project had something decidedly innovative compared to the others: Donis saw Dubai as a city full of emblems and rather than adding another one, he proposed to frame them all. To frame the city.
So not only a new emblem, but a frame capable of framing and celebrating the continuous development of Dubai’s past, present and future.
This iconic Dubai skyscraper can be visited: you can buy a ticket that allows you to reach the top. The panoramic elevators in seconds will take you to the observation deck, from which you can have a breathtaking view of the city. Today the Dubai Frame is visited by over 2 million tourists a year.
Dubai Frame is 150 meters high (493 feet) and 95 meters wide. Seen in perspective, the Dubai Frame appears to frame the entire city, with its iconic skyline and architectural wonders, celebrating its history and culture.
It is positioned in such a way that looking at it from one side it is possible to see inside the frame only the modern part of the city, with the skyscrapers that made it famous in the world, while looking at Dubai Frame from the opposite side it is possible to see only the old part of the city, as a reminder and connection to the origins and traditions.
The Dubai Frame was built in steel, glass and reinforced concrete, while part of the gilded steel panels reflects the style of the Expo Dubai 2020 logo.
The Dubai Frame consists of two 50-story towers, connected by an observation deck located right at the top, over 150 meters high. The bridge is a hundred meters long and made of glass panels that are twenty-five meters wide. The glass panels give all visitors an incredible view of the entire city.
How to Visit the Dubai Frame
If looking through the frame can be a great experience, climbing up to the bridge on the highest floor and admiring the 360 degree view of the city is an experience that you cannot miss.
This can be done comfortably with panoramic crystal lifts that will take you to the top of the Dubai Frame in 75 seconds.
Once at the top of the observation deck, you will be able to admire the incredible view over the city and the iconic Dubai skyline. You will also be able to walk on a floor which, through special effects, becomes transparent as you walk on it.
Beyond the panoramic view, you will be able to visit the interesting interactive exhibits on the history and culture of Dubai. On the mezzanine floor you can visit an engaging exhibition that, through a massive use of sound and audiovisual effects and virtual reality, tells the past and the future of Dubai.
Through incredible holographic projections and aromatic scents, you will have the feeling of being in the Dubai of the past, while at the end of the visit you can take a look at the Dubai of the future, between flying taxis and futuristic scenarios.
A visit to the Dubai Frame is also the perfect opportunity to visit Zabeel Park, one of Dubai’s largest city parks, featuring beautiful gardens, fountains, playgrounds and picnic areas. This park is quite popular with locals who come here to relax, jog and spend weekends with the family.
Dubai Frame Opening Hours
The Dubai Frame can be visited every day from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, including including weekends and public holidays. Visit timing may be subject to change in the holy month of Ramadan and on public holidays.
Dubai Frame Tickets and Prices
Dubai Frame tickets prices starts from 50 AED for adults and 20 AED for children under the age of 12.
Dubai Frame tickets can be purchased on site, but ticket queues are always very long. Furthermore, only 250 visitors are allowed per hour. This is why it is highly recommended to book your ticket online.
A smart choice might be to book a combo skip-the-line ticket to visit the Dubai Frame and Burj Khalifa at a discounted price.
How to get to the Dubai Frame
To visit the Dubai Frame you need to enter from Gate 4 located along the eastern side of Zabeel Park.
Zabeel Park can be reached from Downtown Dubai by Metro (Red Line). Get off at the Al Jafiliya stop, from there the Dubai Frame is about 1.6 km (1 mi) away. In front of Al Jafiliya station you can take the F09 bus to Gate 4 of Zabeel Park.
Alternatively you can reach it with the Hop On Hop Off Bus, the nearest bus stop is Burjuman (from there it is about 1.5 km walk).
Things to see and do around the Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame is located between the most modern and futuristic districts and the oldest and most traditional ones of Dubai, so it might be a good idea to visit it with a local guide, taking part in this interesting GUIDED TOUR OF DUBAI AND DUBAI FRAME.
Planning your trip to Dubai? Then you should check out our GUIDE TO THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN DUBAI.