Dubai Frame opening pushed back to January 2018

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It looks like you won’t be able to take a walk 150m above the city until next year…

Have you been wondering about what’s happening with the Dubai Frame? Well, after initially being scheduled for opening by the end of the year, a Dubai Municipality official has now confirmed that the Dubai Frame will open in January 2018.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Khalid Al Suwaidi, Director of Leisure Facilities at Dubai Municipality explained that “since Dubai Safari is opening next month [December], we will inaugurate Dubai Frame in January to avoid opening two major landmarks at the same time”.

When it opens in a couple of months, tickets will be priced at Dh50 for adults and Dh30 for children. Free tickets will be offered for children under 3, people over 60 and people of determination.

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:

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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.

Here’s what it should look like when it’s all finished:

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 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.

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