Dubai Frame, popularly known as the Golden Frame Dubai or ‘the world’s largest picture frame’, is situated at the heart of Dubai, Zabeel Park. Rising 150 metres high, it frames a panoramic view of the skyline and some of the iconic buildings of Dubai like Burj Khalifa and the Emirates. The frame acts as a symbolic bridge that connects the rich history of Dubai to its magnificent present. All the changes that Dubai has witnessed, from its prior establishment to its glittering present, are celebrated in the Dubai Frame.
On one side there will be New Dubai with its towering skyscrapers and on the other side, one will see old Dubai overlooking Deira, a historically significant place, and the journey of Dubai will be traced in front of one’s eyes. It doesn’t stop at bridging the gap between the past and the present but through dedicated exhibitions, it also shows its visitors what Dubai would look like in future. Through augmented audio-visual aid the presentation of the 3 timelines is flawlessly portrayed. The monument remains yet another specimen of Dubai’s extraordinary growth and its aspiring legacy.
The Frame captures the coral stone house of old Dubai and the skyscrapers of new Dubai in a very dramatic way.
People are led towards an audio-visual experience where they learn about the past, present and future of Dubai
Catch a glimpse of the distant Arabian gulf and the floating abra on Dubai Creek
Walking on the glass-bottom panel will provide an extraordinary view along with making you feel that you are walking in the air
The structure adds to Dubai’s other name ‘City of Gold’ as it exhibits 15,000 sqm of gold cladding
The idea that goes behind building the Dubai Frame is to capture the essence of old Dubai and new Dubai in a single frame.
It continuously tracks the development of the past, present, and future of Dubai while the changes are metaphorically ‘framed’.
To make that happen two towering pillars were erected which are connected by a bridge, which overall makes it look like a gigantic photo frame featuring the entire city of Dubai.
The monument also gained popularity with the name ‘largest frame in the world’ and it does complete justice to the title.
The pillars soar to a height of 150 metres which is almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty and the connecting bridge is 93 metres in length, the span of which could be covered by foot.
There’s a 25-metre glass panel inset that is designed to make the views more dramatic as you walk on it. As you walk on the glass panel and get a bird’s view of the city, you would feel you are magically walking in the air. At a skyrocketing height of 150 metres, you would have a 360-degree view of the glimmering city of Dubai, the sight of which will not fail to astonish you.
Attracting 2 million visitors a year, the construction of the Dubai Frame started back in 2013 and it opened to tourists in the year 2018.
Fernando Doris came up with the idea of building a hollow structure that would frame the existing landmarks and emblems of the city rather than adding to them.
The frame artistically unites the old city and the new city of Dubai and at the same time, it celebrates the changing aspects of the city that it symbolically captures.
As one stands in the old city side of the frame, Dubai’s ultra-modern vision of the future is laid in front of one’s eyes. And while one stands on the new town side of the frame, the rich historical significance of the place is aesthetically presented through the frame.
Created from a unique blend of glass, reinforced concrete, steel, and aluminium the structure displays an attribute of modern and abstract.
By night the experience is likely to be enhanced because of the views of colourful cityscape from above.
The Dubai Frame itself adorns itself with vibrant lights which itself is a delight to watch.
As one goes inside the Dubai Frame, the whole visualisation of the future, past, and the present is laid in front of the eyes. With Dubai Frame Tickets you can experience the galleries of past, present, and future, the eventual changes of Dubai would be laid in front of your eyes
Old Dubai Gallery: With the aid of audio-visual technology, the story of the bygone years is narrated. It focuses on objects like pewters, sewing machines, praying beads which were used in day to day life before Dubai became a city of skyscrapers.
Present Dubai: At this level, guests are forwarded towards the gallery that showcases all the recent growth and prosperity that Dubai has seen in recent times. It is here that one can have a 360 degree view of the Old and the New Dubai and trace the developments for themselves.
Future Dubai: This gallery would feature a futuristic vision of the city of Dubai for the next 50 years. Be fascinated by the ideas that are yet to come to fruition.
The famous places to visit near Dubai Frame are as follows:-
Located just 8 km away from the Dubai Frame, The Burj Khalifa remains the world’s tallest free-standing structure. It has a history of holding records for the longest elevator travel distance and it is also where one of the highest restaurants in the world, Atmosphere Grill and Lounge, is located. To experience the unparalleled Burj Khalifa view, there are two observation decks - At The Top consisting of 124th and 125th floors as well as from one of the highest observation decks on the 148th floor.
At a distance of 3 km from Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow is situated, featuring its vibrant and dreamy theme creating an imaginative world for you. It is the largest glow-in-the-dark garden exhibiting an amazing concept of utilising thousands of energy-saving Led lights and recycled dazzling fabric. Divided into 3 sections: the Art park, the garden glow, and the dinosaur park, each offers something fascinating. At Art Park, Dubai is represented in a miniature form, Glow Garden is an artificial garden illuminated with lights making it look surreal. It is known to be the ‘biggest dinosaur park’ that displays more than 100 animatronic dinosaurs featured by interactive labs.
Situated at a distance of 6.2 km from Dubai Frame, Dubai Dolphinarium welcomes you to a show where you would witness the dolphins and seals sing, dance, jump through hoops, perform acrobatic stunts and even paint. Be amazed at the mammal’s agility and intelligence as you see them perform the impossible. Before coming here, make sure to check the time slots of the show so that you can include this in your busy schedule.
Jumeirah Mosque is just at a distance of 5.9 km from the Dubai Frame and you could easily pay a visit to this marvellous architecture. It is one of the very few mosques in the UAE that allows non-muslims. The mosque exhibits mediaeval Fatimid architecture on stones. For a very minimal fee, you can add this mosque to your Dubai checklist. While you are here, soak in the devotional essence along with its architectural brilliance. The visitors could observe prayer and learn more about the customs of worship by asking questions under the banner ‘Open door, Open minds’.
Located just 7km away from Dubai Frame, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club stands overlooking the Creek. Get a chance to experience a round of golf in the oasis situated right in the heart of the city. Fringed with date palms, coconut trees and shrubbery contribute to the tropical essence of the place. The clubhouse remains another surprise as it is fashioned in the style of traditional Arab Dhow. This is a famous place where many tourists click photos in front of the Dhow-shaped club. It exhibits Dubai’s seafaring culture while being modern in its approach.
Since the Dubai Frame is located at Zabeel Park, one could explore in and around the park. It is one of the largest parks of Dubai and also one of the first technology-driven green spaces. It is an ideal place for kids as it features a children's amusement complex and entertainment centre. Owing to its size, it is an ideal spot for barbeque and picnic. Occasionally it hosts seasonal flea markets that one can explore and during the cooler months it exhibits Dubai Garden Glow.
1. Location : Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park, Gate 4, dubai UAE
2. Timing : The opening hours remain 9 am to 9m. Dubai Frame is open all year round, including weekends and public holidays, however the visit timings may vary during the month of Ramadan and public holidays.
3. How to Reach:
By Bus: The nearest bus station to the Dubai Frame is Karama, from where it is a 4 min walk. Bus lines 21, 27, 29, 44, 61, 88, C10, E304 stop near Dubai Frame.
By Metro: The nearest metro station to Dubai Frame is Oud Metha Metro Station, from where it is a walk of 7 mins. The M1 metro line stops near the Dubai Frame.
By Car: Set your GPS for Zabeel Park Gate 1 where you could park your car and from here Gate 4 is a short walk.
Dubai Frame is a phenomenal piece of architecture and it sets an example in the artistic approach taken in building it. Watch the transformation of Dubai from its early days to its extravagant present and as well as Dubai’s vision for its future. Its grand decor studded with gold cladding contributes to the title ‘City of Gold’ that Dubai has rightly gained. Apart from the beauty and the charming decoration, you will come across a souvenir shop here from where you can buy things to remember the place.
The Dubai Frame aesthetically captures the Old Dubai of the North and its lifestyle, when oil was yet to be discovered and it is juxtaposed with the image of the New Dubai with towering skyscrapers and the megalopolis that it is now. It doesn’t stop portraying the past and present, it goes ahead to show the visitors what the future Dubai would look like through audio-visual aided exhibitions. It is definitely worth a visit to recognize the brilliance that goes into engineering such a unique concept.
Dubai Frame is 150 metres high and the structure is of a 50 storey building.
For Adults : 50 AED
For Children (3-12 years) : 20 AED Infant (under 3) : Free For people of determination and 2 companions : Free
People ideally spend 1 and a half hour at the Dubai Frame to properly explore the place. But the time spent sometimes can depend on the length of the queue.
Apart from the artistic idea that goes behind building the monument, it also possesses a visual grandeur that gives it a magnificent outlook. With bright gold cladding that lends it an illuminated charm, the Dubai Frame reinforces the title ‘City of Gold’ that Dubai has deservingly got. The panoramic view that one sees from the top of the Dubai Frame is nothing less than a bird’s eye view. Looking through the glass bottomed floor is an experience that is hard to forget and it contributes to the extravagance of the structure.
Yes you can book Dubai Frame tickets online. Booking tickets online ensures instant confirmation and it is recommended since you skip standing in a long queue for hours. When booking online, there are chances of saving money as there can be coupons and discounts online that you won’t be able to avail on spot.
Don't forget to visit The famous places to view from Dubai Frame are Burj Khalifa, Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park and more while visiting the world's largest frame.