This impressive feat of engineering opened to the public on January 1 2018, adding another point of interest to Dubai’s already awe-inspiring skyline.
The Dubai Frame is the world’s largest picture frame. 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.
The Dubai Frame is located within Zabeel Park. At the base of the frame there’s a pleasant landscaped area with fountains.
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.
Visitors then travel in a lift to the Sky Deck. The ascent takes just over a minute and gives a taste of the views from the top.
The Present Dubai Gallery on the Sky Deck offers fantastic panoramas of the city. The northern facing windows give views of Karama, Bur Dubai, and the Dubai Creek. The vista through the southern windows includes the Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Trade Centre, Emirates Towers, and Zabeel Park. Augmented reality screens provide information about points of interest.
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.
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 envisage 50 years from now.
Tickets for the Dubai Frame cost 50 AED. The price for children aged between 3 and 12 years is 20 AED (see this page for current exchange rates). Entrance for infants, the disabled (plus 2 companions) is free. The ticket price is considerably cheaper than Dubai’s other high rise tourist attraction; the Burj Khalifa.
Tickets can be purchased on the day at the entrance. To skip queues and secure a time, tickets can also be purchased online at the official website (see information box at the end of the page). The Dubai Frame accepts around 200 visitors per hour. The booking tool on the website shows how many tickets remain for each time slot.
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.
Facilities include toilets, information desk, baggage storage, and car parking. A souvenir shop sells miniatures of the Dubai Frame, mugs, keychains, and clothing. There are food trucks at the base of the structure and a coffee stand/snack bar on the Sky Deck.