Built in 2013, and a brainchild of an eminent architect, Francisco Donis, Dubai Frame was constructed to interrelate the new city and the old city, both artistically and innovatively. A world record holder for the largest picture frame in the world, the vision from the old city frame of reference holds an ultramodern perspective of Dubai’’s future. While the new city view opens the door to the traditional side of Dubai, the old city point of view covers Dubai’s luxurious sky scrapers and urban lifestyle.
With an impressive height of 150 meters, this picture frame not only offers a 360-degree view of the entire city but also ensures a beautiful experience of viewing distinct landmarks around. Right from the alluring, colorful lights to the geometric decors inside, historically famous and culturally rich structures such as the Dubai Creek & Deira, the Emirate of Sharjah lie to the northeast, essentially constituting the Old Dubai. To the southwest of this giant golden framed Dubai Frame lies the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, with all its luxury, modern skyscrapers and magnificent mixture of architecture and technology.
Inspired by a desert flower, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa is truly a global icon. Situated alongside The Dubai Mall, this 828-meter tall structure comprises 1.85 million square feet of residential space and 300,000 square feet of office space. Right from dawning the world’s highest observation deck at 555m on the 148th food, a dine-in restaurant and a rooftop lounge, to Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences, Burj Khalifa derives its grandeur from two observation decks, four freshwater pools, health and wellness facilities and best in the world staff.
Nothing short of a mirage in a desert, and amongst the biggest glow-in-the-dark parks, Dubai Garden Glow is no less magic. With five different sections hosting over 450 nature-inspired installations and a floating aquatic life installation, this garden is filled with visual artwork and illustrations and seasonal attractions. Dubai Garden Glow offers the experience of time travelling through the Jurassic era and the ice age with a dedicated dinosaur zone and unique ice sculptures. Savour your taste buds with a plethora of street-style food offered throughout the garden and entertain yourself with some thrilling acrobatic performances.
Featuring more than 60 visual exhibits covering both entertainment and information, filled with holograms and optical illusions, the Museum of Illusions promises to trick your mind. With a deep scientific intent to ensure out-of-box learning of the human brain and science, this Museum offers a Vortex Tunnel, Dilemma games and the Ames and Titled rooms. You can also indulge in some fun activities such as in the playroom, wherein you solve puzzles to challenge your mind.
Popularly known as the cultural and traditional side of Dubai, Deira is clubbed with Bur Dubai, Karama and Satwa; completing the essence of ‘Old Dubai’. Adorned with the presence of historic markets such as the Gold Souk, a street filled with enormous amounts of gold sold openly, and Spice Souk, filled with the world’s finest spices for cheaper prices. Apart from the markets, there are numerous places to visit such as the Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House, Deira Clocktower, Dhow Wharfage, Mamzar park, Dubai Municipality Museum, Women’s Museum, Jungle Bay Water Park, Dinner Dhow Cruises and the Old Textile Souk.
A classic redefinition of luxury and one of the best structures in the world, Emirates Tower houses 9 dining and nightlife venues along with world-class restaurants such as the La Cantine du, Flow, Mundo, Leen’s Emirates Towers and the Rib Room Restaurant. With complimentary beach access, an exclusive women-only floor and a collection of luxury facilities and innovative therapies, Emirates Towers promises nothing less than a celebrity treatment.
With the lively local culture and an alternative to the towering skyscrapers of Dubai, Al Karama is situated in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Dubai. A central shopping hub, popularly known as the Karama Market, consists of over 300 shops spread across several buildings and complexes. If you are looking for beautiful, handcrafted textiles and if you have a zeal for bargaining, Al Karama is the right place to explore. Do not worry about the food since there are various options to explore around, including the finest Indian and Pakistani food along with the traditional Arabian cuisine. The restaurants are budget-friendly and the locals are much delighted to serve. A town filled with artists, armed-up guitars, pearl diving and abstractness; Al Karama is undoubtedly a traditional insight into the rich heritage of Dubai.
A first of its kind, Zabeel Park is not only one of the largest parks in Dubai but is also a technology-motivated green space. With options varying from a full-fledged BMX track to cricket, football, mini-golf, skating and skateboarding, and home to Dubai Frame, Zabeel park is equivalent to the size of 45 football fields. Entertainment in the form of live music and boat rides is available and specific barbecue and picnic areas are provided for a private event. Zabeel Park hosts a beautiful landscape and is a platform for seasonal flea markets and exhibitions such as the Dubai Garden Glow.
Imagine an entire locality filled with gold, silver, diamonds and pearls; with every other vendor selling a vast collection of jewellery, Gold Souk is not just a fascinating place to visit, but an unforgettable experience to cherish. Located towards the Deira side of the Dubai Creek, Gold Souk is filled with a collection of home decor and accessories, spices, textiles and various other artefacts. The warm, inviting and traditional vibe across the Gold Souk is unmatched.
Also known as Khor Dubai, and spanning across 14kms, Dubai Creek is not just a comfortable area to take a stroll by in Dubai but is also home to the world’s second tallest tower, the Dubai Creek Tower. Right from Abra rides, the Dubai Frame, JA Bateaux Dubai, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club to Children’s City, Hindi lane, Museum of Illusions and The Dubai Museum, Dubai Creek will inevitably keep you on your toes. Famous restaurants such as the Al Hamidieh, known for its Arabic dishes and Al Mallah Seef, boasting the best shawarma in town to popular international chains like Baskin Robbins, Dubai Creek offers great dining options too.
Located at JBR on Dubai beach; a popular amusement ride, the Flying Cup Dubai is a giant circular table ensuring that you enjoy all the views uninterruptedly. It soars up to 131 feet (40 metres) and offers a 360-degree view. You can also choose to dine in from the Flying Cup while you enjoy the view, provided you upgrade for a longer dinner flight. With a motive to provide its passengers with an ‘elevated experience’, the Flying cup can be enjoyed by individuals, couples and families alike.
Holding the title of the world’s most iconic frame, Dubai Frame is more than just a famous structure, for it offers an experiential perspective of the past, the present and the future of Dubai. Furthermore, it lets you connect the past and the future, close enough to the experience of literal time travelling.
There are a number of places to visit and things to do in and around the Dubai Frame, but a few must-visit includes the old Dubai gallery, for it depicts the past, the present and the future of Dubai in the form of beautiful abstract canvas presented in a grand way.
A 93-meter-long bridge awaits you at the top of the Dubai Frame, allowing the guests to enjoy the view from the top. Since the entire experience is managed by the same team as ‘At the top’ at Burj Khalifa is managed, the activity is carried out in a smooth manner.
With several booking options to choose from to varied booking preferences, there are a number of experiences you can opt from. The average cost of booking a trip to the Dubai Frame is about 50-80 AED with year-round offers and discounts regarding the choice of booking.
Though Dubai is an all-year-round destination with tourists flocking in every day, the period between November to March is the best time to visit since the weather is pleasant and permits outdoor activities.
The Dubai Frame is just a 7-minute drive from Burj Khalifa and there are various options to commute in such as the bus, the subway or a taxi.
At a distance of about 3 kilometers from the Glow garden, the Dubai Frame is also located in Zabeel Park itself. You can plan your day accordingly since both the Dubai Frame and the Dubai glow garden have a lot of experiences to explore.
Open from 9 am to 9 pm daily, the Dubai Frame allows only 200 visitors per hour, to ensure a fun experience. Situated in Zabeel Park itself, the closest metro station to the Dubai Frame is Al Jafiliya (Red Line) and Max Metro station, around 1.6 kilometres away. A bus numbered F09 goes from the metro station to the Gate 4 entrance of the Dubai Frame.