Dubai Frame

This impressive feat of engineering opened to the public in January 2018, adding another point of interest to Dubai’s already awe-inspiring skyline.

The Dubai Frame is the world’s largest picture frame and one of the city’s most popular attractions. It consists of two 150-metre towers connected at the top by a 93-metre bridge; the Sky Deck. The exterior is clad with stainless steel sheets. The sheets are coated with titanium nitride, giving a golden appearance to the exterior.

Dubai Frame
Dubai Frame

The structure connects Dubai’s past and present. Looking north through the frame are the older districts of Dubai. Looking south are the modern buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown Dubai.

The Dubai Frame is located within Zabeel Park. At the base of the frame, there’s a pleasant landscaped area with fountains.

Fountains at the base of the Dubai Frame
Fountains at the base of the Dubai Frame

Inside the Dubai Frame

On entering the Dubai Frame, visitors pass through security. The first exhibit reached is the Old Dubai Gallery on the mezzanine level. Multimedia exhibits tell the story of the evolution of the city from its modest beginnings as a fishing village to the modern city of the present era. Also on the mezzanine level is a fantastic piece of modern art depicting the wings of a falcon; the national bird of the UAE.

Falcon wings sculpture
Falcon wings sculpture

Visitors then travel in a glass elevator to the Sky Deck. The ascent to this observation deck takes just over a minute and gives a taste of the views from the top.

Sky Deck at Dubai Frame
Sky Deck

The Present Dubai Gallery on the Sky Deck offers fantastic panoramic views of the city. The northern-facing windows give impressive views of Karama, Bur Dubai, and the Dubai Creek. The vista through the southern windows includes landmarks of modern Dubai, such as the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Trade Centre, Emirates Towers, and Zabeel Park. Visitors are free to take photos. Augmented reality screens provide information about points of interest.

Sky Deck
Sky Deck
View of Zabeel Park, Downtown Dubai, and the Burj Khalifa from the Sky Deck of the Dubai Frame
View of Zabeel Park, Downtown Dubai, and the Burj Khalifa
View of Bur Dubai and the Dubai Creek from the Sky Deck of the Dubai Frame
View of Bur Dubai and the Dubai Creek from the Sky Deck

The floor of the Sky Deck is partially glazed. The glazing is smart glass that turns from frosted to clear when stepped on. The brave can look beneath them for a view of the park and fountains far below.

Glazed floor of the Sky Deck at the Dubai Frame
Glazed floor of the Sky Deck
Floor of the Sky Deck
Floor of the Sky Deck
Visitors on the Sky Deck
Visitors on the Sky Deck

Visitors then take the lift back down to the base. The final attraction is the Future Dubai Gallery. Multimedia exhibits depict how the city is envisaged 50 years from now.

Tickets and Prices

Tickets for the Dubai Frame cost 50 AED (£11.07, €12.92, $13.61). The price for children aged between 3 and 12 years is 20 AED (£4.43, €5.17, $5.45). Entrance for infants (aged 2 and under is free).

Entry tickets for the disabled (plus 2 companions) are also free. It is necessary to present a People of Determination Card (card issued by the UAE Ministry of Community Development).

The ticket price is considerably cheaper than Dubai’s other high-rise tourist attraction; the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world).

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the entrance. There’s no need to buy tickets in advance.

The Dubai Frame is busiest around midday. However, the queue moves fairly quickly and waiting times aren’t too long. In the afternoon, wait times are shorter.

Queue to enter the Dubai Frame
Queue to enter the Dubai Frame

To skip queues and secure a time, tickets can also be purchased online at the official website (see the information box at the end of the page). The booking tool on the website shows how many tickets remain for each time slot.

Queue to buy tickets for the Dubai Frame at Gate 4 of Zabeel Park
Queue to buy tickets at Gate 4

Timings/Opening Hours

Timings for the Dubai Frame are 9 am to 9 pm daily. It’s open every day of the year, including weekends and public holidays. Visit during the daytime for a clear view of the city. A trip at sunset offers a different perspective.

Timings may vary during Ramadan and public holidays.

Sign showing opening times and ticket prices for the Dubai Frame
Sign showing opening times and ticket prices

Location and Closest Metro Station

The Dubai Frame is situated in Zabeel Park in Zabeel (between Karama/Bur Dubai and Trade Centre). Visitors should use Gate 4, on the eastern side of the park.

The closest Metro station to the Dubai Frame is Max (Red Line). It’s around 1/2 mile from the station to Gate 4. It’s a pleasant walk. Just leave the station and follow the path around Zabeel Park.

If you don’t want to walk, you can get a bus from Max Metro Station. Feeder bus F09 goes to Gate 4.

F09 bus stop at Zabeel Park (Gate 4) for Dubai Frame
F09 bus stop at Zabeel Park (Gate 4) for Dubai Frame
Taxis near Gate 4 of Zabeel Park
Taxis near Gate 4 of Zabeel Park

Facilities

Facilities include toilets, an information desk, baggage storage, and car parking. A souvenir shop sells miniatures of the Dubai Frame, mugs, keychains, and clothing. There’s a coffee stand/snack bar on the Sky Deck.

Coffee shop
Coffee shop
Souvenir shop at the Dubai Frame
Souvenir shop

Zabeel Park

People purchasing tickets for the Dubai Frame get free access to Zabeel Park. The Dubai Frame and Zabeel Park are owned and managed by Dubai Municipality.

Dubai Frame viewed from Zabeel Park
Dubai Frame viewed from Zabeel Park

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Dubai Frame include:

  • Zabeel Park (0.3 miles) - Public park in the Zabeel area of Dubai. Home to a number of attractions including the Dubai Frame and Dubai Garden Glow.
  • Dubai Garden Glow (0.6 miles) - Seasonal light-based attraction at Zabeel Park.
  • Dubai World Trade Centre (0.9 miles) - Major events and exhibition venue.

Nearby Cinemas

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Nearby Shopping

Places to shop near Dubai Frame include:

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Dubai Frame include:

  • Calicut Paragon (0.7 miles) - Specialises in fish dishes from the Kerala area of India. Opposite Karama Park.
  • Eric's (1 miles) - Specialises in Goan dishes.
  • Mumbai Express (1 miles) - Cafe serving vegetarian, Mumbai-style street food.

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Dubai Frame include:

  • Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Dubai (0.7 miles)
  • Rove Trade Centre (0.8 miles)
  • The H Dubai (0.9 miles)
  • Rove Healthcare City (0.9 miles)

Nearby Metro Stations

Metro Stations near Dubai Frame include:

Nearby Transport Links

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Map

Map showing location of Dubai Frame.

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Map showing location of Dubai Frame

Details

Dubai Frame

Address
Zabeel Park
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Visit Dubai Frame Website

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