Dubai Frame has been named ‘World’s Largest Frame’ by Guinness World Records
The golden Dubai Frame has been gracing the skyline of Dubai for over a year, and the stunning structure has officially been declared as the World’s Largest Frame by Guinness World Records.
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The announcement was posted to the Dubai Frame’s official Instagram account and states that the Dubai Frame is the record holder for being ‘the largest building in the shape of a picture frame.’
An awarding ceremony took place at the Dubai Frame with a representative from Guinness World Records handing over the plaque to Wissam Lootah, Dubai Government’s Executive Director.
The Dubai Frame measures 150 metres high and 95 metres wide and it’s exactly these measurements that won the structure the Guinness World Records title.
To build the iconic landmark, 2000 tons of steel and 2,900 square metres of laminated glass were used, and the structure also boasts 15,000 square metres of gold cladding.
The Dubai Frame project cost Dhs160 million, took ten years to make and opened to the public just last year in January 2018 and is located in Zabeel Park.
While it has been designed to showcase both Old Dubai and new Dubai perfectly within its frame-shaped structure when you look at it from a distance, let’s not forget the spectacular views of Dubai from the top of the 150-metre-high structure.
The first thing you’ll see is the “Dubai Frame Exhibition”, which tells the story of how Dubai Frame came to be. You’ll then be guided through a mysterious curtain of mist. On the other side is a neat little museum – the “Past Dubai Gallery” – which shows the Dubai of yesteryear using projections and multimedia displays. It’s a very cool, immersive experience (but no photography is allowed at this point).
Once you’ve walked through the museum, you’ll be asked to wait for the next available elevator, which will whizz you up 48 floors in 75 seconds. The elevator features a glass panel, so you can watch the views unfold as you get closer to the top.
At the top
The top of Dubai Frame is a spacious viewing gallery, from which you can see the gleaming skyscrapers of Downtown to the south, and the low-rises of Deira and Dubai Creek to the north. There are touchscreen displays that show you exactly what you’re looking at, pointing out some of the city’s most important landmarks.
New Dubai view:
Old Dubai view (you can even spot Sharjah in the distance):
The star of the show is a 25-square-meter transparent walkway that runs along the centre of the viewing gallery. The walkway looks like frosted glass until you step on it – and then it turns clear, revealing the jaw-dropping view of Dubai beneath your feet. It’s a little scary at first – but you’ll be tap dancing across it in no time.
Tickets can be purchased online here.
Images: Getty, stills