Remember the Dubai Frame? Well, it's still ticking along slowly...
It was 75 per cent complete last year, so where does it stand now?
It’s been roughly 12 months since we were first told the Dubai Frame would open in December 2015.
Clearly that didn’t happen… but it doesn’t mean the eye-catching project has stalled.
The Zabeel Park attraction – designed to look like an enormous window frame – is now 80 per cent finished, Dubai Media Office announced on Twitter today.
Here’s what it looks like today:
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 23, 2016
The rectangular structure consists of two 150-metre towers connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, from which you can soak up panoramic views of old and new Dubai.
(Yes, it’s been purposely situated so you get a snapshot of both sides of the city from one spot).
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The 93-metre-wide architectural oddity – which will feature a glass panel on the bridge for a vertigo-inducing viewpoint – is costing $43.5 million (that’s Dhs160 million) to build.
Dubai Media Office revealed last year that the Frame was due to be finished in the last quarter of 2016, meaning we should have an update for you soon about a long-awaited opening date.
Construction on the project began in 2013, and there’s been no official word on what’s caused the delay in opening.
Last year Moawya Abdul Rahman, head of structural engineering at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News that “the most difficult part has now finished”.
“We are now in the final phase of the project of cladding the building, and an external cladding cleaning mechanism will be incorporated in the design by consultants,” he said.
We are right on track and the project has been running smoothly and as planned. In the next few weeks, the panoramic lift will be fixed and the museum will also be set up.”
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 19, 2016
When finished, it is predicted that the Frame will become a major tourist destination in the city – one of the buildings, like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab, that all visitors to Dubai will feel they need to see.
There will also be a museum on the ground floor that will showcase the emirate’s rapid transformation from fishing village to metropolis (which will be appropriate, considering you’ll be able to see both Old and New Dubai from the walkway).
Keen to explore the Frame and its surrounds in the meantime? Here’s a cool gigapixel 360 photo of it, or here’s a video taken earlier this year that shows different angles of the frame (click to play)…
. يقع مشروع #برواز_دبي بالقرب من بوابة النجوم، الموقع الترفيهي الشهير في حديقة زعبيل وإحدى نقاط الجذب الهامة فيها، وهو عبارة عن برواز أو إطار متكامل، يبرز معالم الإمارة و يأطرها بشكل فريد. إذ يبلغ ارتفاع الضلعين 150 متر، وبعرض 93 متر، ليشكل الفراغ القائم بين الضلعين صورة جميلة لمدينة دبي واضحة المعالم من علو شاهق، بحيث ينقل من جهة معالم ومباني شارع الشيخ زايد، لترمز إلى مدينة دبي الحديثة، فيما تضم الجهة الثانية من البرواز معالم لمناطق ديرة، أم هرير والكرامة، والتي ترمز إلى دبي القديمة. Dubai Frame project is located near StarGate , the famous entertainment site in Zabeel Park and one of its important attraction points. Dubai frame highlights Dubai prominent landmarks in a unique way. It is a 150 meter-high, 93 meter-width for the space in the frame to form a beautiful image about Dubai from a high point. Additionally, it shows from one side the landmarks and building of Sheikh Zayed Road to symbolize the modern Dubai, while showing from the other side landmarks for Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama areas to symbolize the old Dubai. #دبي #بلدية_دبي #DubaiMunicipality #Dubai #mydubai #DubaiFrame #Dubai_Frame #برواز_دبي
A video posted by Dubai Municipality بلدية دبي (@dubaimunicipality) on