Dubai just built a $62 million, 150-metre high photo frame in the middle of the city

Reecha Kulkarni / January 24, 2018

Dubai gives you one more reason to add it to your bucket list – a 150-meter high photo frame standing in the midst of the metropolitan. Called the Dubai Frame, the architectural marvel opened its glass doors to the public earlier this month.

Dubai Frame

Step inside any one of the two glass towers that take visitors to the 93-meter long bridge that joins them. Walk slowly on the glass-floored bridge and take in panoramic views of both the modern infrastructure in Dubai as well as historical areas like Deira and Karama. Don’t get too used to being on top of the world though- a whirlwind vortex of neon takes you down a tunnel that offers futuristic glimpses of the UAE, through augmented reality. The ground floor also has an immersive exhibition of the emirate’s history, which mirrors the patriotic ethos engraved on the exteriors of the structure – in the form of the Expo 2020 Dubai logo, in gold.

The Frame’s 50-story silhouette stands with controversy in its shadows, as Mexican architect Fernando Donis claims that the design was originally his, and was taken without his consent. He had won an international competition in 2008, the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Competition, which showcased a very similar idea to the structure built by the Dubai Government. The 62 million dollar project came to life without input from Fernando, a design that was conceptualized a decade ago.

Visit the Dubai Frame at Zabeel Park, from 10 am to 7 pm. 


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