There are a hundred ways to tell a story. Dubai, being the incredibly city that it is, sure knows how to tell its own story incredibly.
It has built a gold-plated twin-tower structure with its top connected by a glass bridge. This is not your ordinary walkway; this glass bridge showcases perfect views of both the New and Old Dubai. What’s more, the rest of the building is packed with state-of-the-art, immersive technologies that depict how Dubai came to be.
This is the Dubai Frame, and after four years of hard work, it is opening in January 2018.
THE DUBAI FRAME: The Facts
- • The frame measures 150 metres high and 93 metres wide.
- • The two towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, which has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle.
- • It was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.
- • There will be a museum on the ground floor that will showcase Dubai’s transformation from fishing village to metropolis.
- • It is predicted the frame will become a major tourist destination in the city, like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab.
- • The project is worth Dhs160 million.
Standing tall in the middle of Dubai’s Zabeel Park, it is one giant window frame that sparkles in the sun with its gold cladding. Look a little closer and you will see that the frame is adorned with circular patterns that are apparently taken from the logo of the upcoming Expo 2020.
More than an impressive structure, the Dubai Frame is a storyteller. It takes its visitors on an hourlong journey that starts from the humble beginnings of the Bedouins and the pearl diving community of Dubai and goes on until an inspiring success story unfolds.
Virtual reality and immersive art technologies were cleverly used to unravel the mysteries of Dubai. Galleries were filled with treasures of the past, grandeurs of the present and a sharp vision of the future. Even the one-minute elevator ride from the mezzanine down below to the topmost glass bridge is an experience on its own.
The Dubai Frame takes you deep into a Virtual Metropolis as it amazes you with panoramic views of the city. No one has ever thought it is possible to view both sides of Dubai, the Old and the New, from just one spot—until the Dubai Frame came into the picture.