I’ve got to say, Dubai is both vibrant and exciting. The city has some of the most exquisite architecture I’ve ever witnessed, which can be seen almost anywhere in the city due to the massive size of the structures. With a variety of monuments, attractions, and nightlife, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Dubai. One of those things being the Dubai Frame, which is a landmark located in Zabeel Park. It’s known for holding the record as the largest frame in the world. And, just like most attractions in Dubai, it’s a must-see!
History of the Dubai Frame
This iconic masterpiece was designed by Fernando Donis, who was selected as the winner of a design competition by the Government of Dubai. However, there is some controversy surrounding the ownership of the plans. Allegedly, the designer had his ideas stolen and hasn’t received any credit for the design. Needless to say, there was a lawsuit filed from Donis in 2016. As of 2018, they have been engaging in a legal dispute over who owns the copy-write for the structure.
Despite the controversy, the Frame opened in January of 2018. The purpose of the proposal was to frame the past, present, and future of Dubai, and to be a monument that celebrates the city. So, this landmark is open to the public to allow guests the opportunity to view Dubai’s past, present, and future from a sky glass bridge.
The Design of the Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame is made out of glass, steel, aluminum, and concrete. Furthermore, it was constructed with over 9,900 cubic meters of concrete, 2,000 tons of steel, and 2,900 square meters of glass. This popular monument is over 600 feet tall and is positioned in such a way that guests can see landmarks of both the ‘new’ and ‘old’ Dubai. The Dubai Frame measures about 150 meters high and 93 meters wide, which is crazy! The Frame has a rectangular design and is covered with over 15,000 square meters of gold dipped stainless steel. There elevator took us to the Sky Deck, which is 48 floors up. Needless to say, you have to be comfortable with heights to enjoy this attraction. From the top, we were able to see incredible views of Dubai, which was a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Past, Present, and Future Dubai
I couldn’t recommend this experience enough. While we were visiting, we were taken on a journey through three time periods: the past, present, and the future. During the ‘past’ portion of the experience, you’ll be able to view the old Dubai gallery. You’ll be immersed in the Emirati traditions and culture. You’ll also be able to see how the city has evolved from a simple village to one of the most luxurious locations in the world.
Next up, the ‘present’ Dubai experience. The Sky deck will provide you with an unforgettable view of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and the skyline of the city. We also got to walk over the glass floor, which was not only exhilarating but also super cool. We got a few great photos sitting on top of the transparent floor.
Lastly, as your experience comes to an end, you’re taken through the ‘future’ Dubai gallery. This tunnel will provide you with a visual experience of how Dubai will look 50 years from now. The tunnel uses bright colors and sound to give you a unique experience, as if you were traveling through a time vortex!
In conclusion, the Frame has become one of the most popular attractions in Dubai, and for good reason. If you’re looking for some adventure, incredible views, and cultural knowledge then this monument is for you. For all my followers that don’t mind heights, you’ve got to check this out. In other words, thanks for joining me on this incredible journey of traveling the world through a global pandemic. I love sharing my experiences with you, and I hope this blog will inspire you to see the world and all it has to offer. If you want to catch up on our previous adventures in Dubai, you can read more here. Until next time, Mark signing off!
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Big Guy Big World is a travel blog, following Mark Jacoby’s journey as a big guy on a bigger journey, exploring the world during a global pandemic. Follow along as we experience some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic places.