It looks like you’ll be able to take a walk 150m above the city before the year is out
Have you been wondering about what’s happening with the Dubai Frame? Well, it turns out the long-awaited icon is finally getting closer to an opening date.
In a report published by Gulf News, Dawood Al Hajri, assistant director-general for Engineering and Planning Sector confirmed that the massive 150m project is on track to open before the close of 2017, without providing a fixed date.
“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,” Al Hajri told Gulf News, whilst also confirming that the ongoing dispute regarding the building’s design will not affect the opening.
Back in March work had begun on the giant structure’s gold stainless steel cladding, which can already be seen on the frame’s glass bridge.
Here’s a snap that shows off the frame’s shiny new look:
See those golden rings on the side of the bridge? They were inspired by the Expo 2020 logo (which represents the theme, ‘connecting minds, creating the future’).
Launched in 2013, the Zabeel Park attraction – designed to look like a huge window frame – was originally slated to open in 2015.
In October last year, it was announced that it was 80 per cent finished.
A senior Dubai Municipality official told the Khaleej Times the only remaining work now is finishing touches, like the gold cladding, which is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
Here’s what it should look like when it’s all finished:
DUBAI FRAME: FAST FACTS
◆ The frame measures 150 metres high and 93 metres wide.
◆ The two towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, which has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle.
◆ It was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.
◆ There will be a museum on the ground floor that will showcase Dubai’s transformation from fishing village to metropolis.
◆ It is predicted the frame will become a major tourist destination in the city, like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab.
◆ The project is worth Dhs160 million.