x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 25 November 2017

Picture-perfect Dubai Frame set to open to public 

Dubai Municipality announces November opening and that there will be an observation area at the top of the spectacular structure 

Dubai Frame will be ready by the end of October and open to the public in November. Pawan Singh / The National
Dubai Frame will be ready by the end of October and open to the public in November. Pawan Singh / The National

The Dubai Frame development is set to open to the public in November, it was revealed on Sunday.

The feat of engineering, which sees two thin towers connected by a bridge at a height of 150 metres to make a frame, will be completed by the end of this month after a slight delay due to sourcing materials and then open the following month, Dubai Municipality said.

The municipality also said that the Dh160 million structure will be managed by Emaar.

The project, which it is hoped will become a new landmark and architectural icon for Dubai, will have an observatory at the top of the frame, offering uninterrupted views of old Dubai to the north, and new Dubai to the south.

“We want to make the most of Emaar’s expertise in executing giant projects like Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in the management and promotion of Dubai Frame,” said Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of the municipality.

“The project will be open to the public in November. The delay in opening the project is [due to] the municipality’s keenness to bring high-quality materials for the project. The previously used materials were not as expected and we were looking for a high-quality materials.

“We gave special attention to the project’s general appearance and safety standards. Stainless steel gold cladding is used in the project to give it a glittering look and, at the same time, is immune from fire.”

Mr Lootah said that the lift that takes tourists to the observation deck will offer panoramic views of old and new Dubai.

“Visitors will be able to book tickets through an app,” he added.

Ahmed Thani Al Matrooshi, managing director at Emaar, said: “We have developed a marketing plan to attract visitors, capitalising on our experience in Burj Khalifa.”

No details of entry cost were revealed.