This New Year the Burj Khalifa set a new world record, but that’s not the only international headline Dubai has made this week. The ribbon was cut on the opening of the Dubai Frame on the first day of 2018. Team Vogue.me takes a look at the numbers and facts that prompted us to ink the Dubai Frame on our cultural bucket list.
If you suffer from vertigo when wearing five-inch Prada heels, you might want to rethink a visit to the Dubai Frame. At 150 metres high and 93 metres wide, the elevator journey up to the top level will test your nerve. Designed by architect Fernando Donis (the man behind the designs for the Dubai Renaissance Tower and Porsche Design Towers), the golden graphics on the exterior were inspired by the Expo 2020 logo. Suffice to say, it’s an elegant addition to the skyline.
Now, about the construction bill. The building cost over 160 million AED/SAR to build but it is tipped to be one of the cities go-to spots for tourists and locals in need of a patriotic refocus.
The Dubai Frame celebrates the 3 states of the city: past, present, and looks to the future of the city in the form of museums inside the frame, with dedicated exhibits that take you through Old Dubai as a fishing village (even with the recreation of fragrances typical to the early cityscape – yes, really) through to today’s urban jungle. The future is represented through a swirling tunnel, which may just prove to raise the eyebrows of cynics rather than drop jaws.
The 100-square-metre bridge delivers 360 views of the city as it is, thanks to a 25 squared metre sky deck. Granted, the glass floor bridge that is suspended 150 metres above the ground is not for the faint of heart. We’ll leave that one to Instagram’s bravest selfie takers.
Tickets cost 50 AED/SAR for adults and 20 AED/SAR for children. You can book in advance and buy tickets online now. Access to parking from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street.
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