Dubai Frame has been listed among the world’s best new attractions of 2015, according to a UK-based newspaper.
The location of the giant rectangular frame is near the Star Gate games and rides area of Zabeel Park and was carefully chosen to give visitors the best view of both old and new Dubai, says The Telegraph newspaper, which has listed 13 new attractions to watch out for this year.
The project comprises a 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama.
Dubai Municipality has said the frame, a $43.5 million dollars project, is likely to be completed in the second half of 2015.
The oversized rectangle will serve as a giant 150 metre by 93 metre viewfinder.
There will also be a viewing gallery on the top side of the frame — the sky bridge — offering panoramic views. An elevator made of glass will offer unobstructed views as visitors travel up and down the sides of the frame.
The site for the landmark tourist and leisure attraction was chosen after extensive surveys of what location would offer the best views of new Dubai and old Dubai through the frame.
The municipality has said the frame is “unique” both in terms of its objectives and design. Officials hope it will draw 2,000,000 visitors a year, joining a long list of iconic Dubai landmarks recognised internationally, such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower; and the Burj Al Arab, a seven-star hotel built like a ship’s sail.
Those two attractions, as well as other skyscrapers, major maritime projects and coastal features, will be captured in the frame of view when the Dubai Frame is complete. From the other side, visitors will be able to see Old Dubai areas such as Al Karama, Umm Hurair, Bur Dubai and Deira.
At ground level, there will be multimedia presentations telling the story of Dubai’s rapid transformation from a small fishing and trading town by the sea to a modern metropolis with all its trappings. A museum of sorts for old and new Dubai will showcase relics and objects representing the past and present of the city.
There will also be a cafe at the top, offering stunning views while guests have refreshments.
Emirates 24|7 has reported that the municipality is planning to launch new projects, aimed at attracting 20 million tourists per year to the emirate in the run-up to the World Expo 2020.