The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has paid a visit to Dubai’s latest cultural landmark, the Dubai Frame.
His Highness was accompanied on his visit to the Zabeel Park structure on Tuesday by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
Standing 150 metres high and 93 metres wide, the Dubai Frame is designed to resemble a giant picture frame, through which old and new Dubai landmarks can be seen. In one direction, buildings representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama.
It is due to be open to the public in January 2018.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid toured the ground floor museum of the building, which showcases the UAE’s history, heritage and growth, before ascending one of the two towers, and crossing the 100 square metre bridge, where he viewed both aspects of Dubai on either side of the new attraction.
During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his admiration for the project, according to state media agency WAM, and praised Dubai Municipality’s efforts to bring the project to life, adding that it represents a solid development for the tourism industry in the UAE. He also described the Dubai Frame as an elegant architectural feat, said WAM.
The Dubai Frame was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chief Executive of Emirates Group; Mohamed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of HH. The Ruler’s Court; Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality; Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director-General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department, and Hilal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, were also present during the tour.