Dubai Frame – A complete tourist guide
The Dubai Frame opened its doors to the public in January 2018 and has quickly become one of the most prominent attractions in Dubai and the UAE. The Zabeel Park-based Dubai Frame, which opened January 2018, features high on the must-see list for locals, residents and visitors alike.
About Dubai Frame
Also known as Berwaz Dubai, the Frame comprises of two towers measuring 150 metres in height and connected by the 93-metre long bridge at the top. The location, in Zabeel Park, was exclusively chosen to give visitors the finest view of the city’s older neighbourhoods as well as the sparkly new stuff (such as the Burj Khalifa), while telling the story of Dubai’s revolution from a humble fishing village to glittering modern metropolis. The Dubai Frame is affluently decorated with a stainless steel gold cladding, in a nod to Dubai’s prestige as the ‘City of Gold’. The shining exterior is striking against the blue sky. The honeycomb-like design on the Dubai Frame is a reference to the symbol of the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020. It is the biggest picture frame on the planet and holds the record for the largest frame in the world. It has been composed using 9,900 cubic metres of reinforced concrete, 2,000 tons of steel and 2,900 square metres of laminated glass, making it an architectural masterpiece that marks it to be a cultural milestone in the UAE.
What to expect?
When visiting the Dubai Frame, gives you a feeling that you have entered a time machine. The Frame takes you on an adventure of three time-periods in the UAE – the past, the present and the future.
THE PAST – OLD DUBAI GALLERY
Your expedition will begin on the mezzanine floor where you will be taken on a tour of a multimedia exhibition that features 3D projections and special effects to serve you with a multi-sensory experience of Old Dubai. You will get to see all the elements of the Emirati traditions and heritage and how the city has briskly transformed from a humble fishing village to one of the most lavish and urban destinations in the world.
PRESENT DUBAI –VIEWS OF OLD AND NEW DUBAI
After you take a tour through Old Dubai, the express lift will take only 47 seconds to reach the Sky deck, which symbolises Present Dubai. Here you will get to experience a 360-degree uninterrupted view of both, Old Dubai where you get to see all the residential areas. You also get to see the side of New Dubai which shows views of the towering skyscrapers of the iconic Burj Khalifa in Downtown and the apartments in Business Bay. You also get to walk over the renowned transparent glass floor. At this level, there are many interactive screens which you can use to describe the buildings that can be seen from the Sky deck and take a selfie which will be featured on ‘Dubai Moments Wall’ in this Dubai attraction.
THE FUTURE DUBAI GALLERY
Once you complete your journey of the Sky deck, you will be taken back to the mezzanine floor where you will get to move through a tunnel, which uses special lights and sound effects to cater an experience of how Dubai will look 50 years from now. A ‘Virtual Metropolis’ will then guide guests through a ‘vortex tunnel’ stimulation, before illuminating a virtual reality display of Dubai’s continued evolution, and experts’ predictions of the city’s future growth. Once you complete the three phases, you will be assisted to the souvenir shop, where you purchase a souvenir if you like.
A 360 experience
With sweeping panoramic views, visitors to the Dubai Frame can look out upon every aspect of the city from a height of 150m. From Deira’s old town and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf to the vast dunes of the Arabian desert and the high rises of Dubai Marina, the entirety of Dubai will be spread out and noticeable from the Frame’s 360-degree vantage point. Stepping onto the crystal-clear glass gives the nerve-wracking feeling of walking out into thin air, with a drop of 150m visible just beneath your feet.
The operational hours for the Frame is from 9 am to 9 pm every day. The best time to visit the Frame is during daylight, you can get some dazzling views of the sunset from the 360-degree observation deck if you visit during the evening hours. It is open all year round, including weekends and public holidays, which makes it the perfect place to visit in Dubai during any holiday.
The ticket prices for the Dubai Frame are AED 50 for adults and AED 20 for children from 3-12 years. Kids under three, adults over 60 and people of determination can visit for free. The tickets can be purchased online or directly at the desk.
How to get there?
The Frame is located in Zabeel Park which is 10-15 minutes walking distance from apartments in Karama. If you plan to use the metro, just get off at the Al Jafiliya Metro Station on the Red Line and walk towards Zabeel Park. If you travel by car, there is plenty of public parking available t Zabeel Park.