The Dubai Frame, also known as “Dubai Golden Frame” or with the old name “Al Berwaz Tower”, is a futuristic skyscraper located in Zabeel Park, one of the main city parks in Dubai.
Dubai Frame is one of the most famous architectural landmarks, not just in Dubai but in the entire world. It was called “the biggest picture frame on the planet“ by “The Guardian” and is undoubtedly one of the most iconic buildings in Dubai.
Today it is possible to visit it, and with an elevator you can easily reach the top, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Dubai skyline.
Dubai Frame is 150 meters (493 feet) high and 95 meters wide. Its structure seen in perspective seems to want to set the entire city of Dubai within a frame, celebrating it as a masterpiece.
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 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.
Things to know about the Dubai Frame
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: while he was designing the structure Donis saw Dubai as a city full of emblems and rather than adding another one, they 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.
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 structure of the Dubai Frame consists of two towers with a total of fifty storeys, that are connected by a cross frame. 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.
The Dubai Frame receives over 2 million tourists every year.
Things to do and see at 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.
If you are feeling brave you can try walking on the transparent glass bridge on the top floor, where with the help of special liquid crystal displays the floor becomes transparent while you walk on it.
Along the tour, on the mezzanine floor you will be catapulted to discover the past and future of Dubai, through a whole series of audiovisual installations that make massive use of sound effects and virtual reality.
The past of the city is narrated through the use of holographic projections and aromatic scents capable of giving the sensation of a journey back in time. The journey ends by taking a look at what the city of Dubai will look like in 50 years, between flying taxis and futuristic scenarios.
Furthermore, the Dubai Frame is located as we said inside the Zabeel Park, which is a real oasis of freshness and relaxation from the chaos of the city. The park is appreciated for jogging or simply strolling through its gardens and fountains.
How to visit Dubai Frame
DUBAI FRAME TIMINGS
Dubai Frame opening hours are from 9:00 AM till 9:00 PM.
You can visit Dubai Frame every day, 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.
Tickets can be purchased on the day at the entrance, but please be aware that only 250 visitors are allowed per hour. So it is highly recommended to buy them online, in this way you will also avoid the queues for tickets, which are usually quite long.
HOW TO GET THERE
To go to the Dubai Frame you need to enter from Gate 4 located along the eastern side of Zabeel Park.
Zabeel Park can be reached from central Dubai by metro (red line). Get off at the Al Jafiliya stop, from here 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 here it is about 1.5 km walk).
INSIDER’S TIP: The easiest, fastest and cheapest way to visit the Dubai Frame is to book this special ticket which includes round-trip private transport from your hotel and skip-the-line ticket to the Dubai Frame at a very special price!
The Dubai Frame is located right in the middle between the modern part of Dubai and the older one. A good idea is to visit it on a half-day guided tour that allows you to see the main landmarks of the city. Must-sees are the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the Jumeirah Mosque and the iconic 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel.