The Dubai Frame


WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring

The controversial structure, dubbed the world’s largest picture frame, was recently unveiled in Dubai.

Made up of two 150-metre tall towers that are connected by a 100-square-metre observation bridge, the giant frame, which cost $43.5 million to build, boasts 360-degree views across the city, namely “Old Dubai” to the north and “New Dubai” to the south. The golden exterior was inspired by the Expo 2020 logo.

Since inception, the 50-storey frame has taken a decade to complete, with Mexican architect Fernando Donis winning the project’s design competition back in 2008, a contest that received over 900 entries worldwide. In an article with The Guardian, he claims that the organisers “…took my project, changed the design and built it without me.” You can read the full article here.

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The idea behind the experience is to take visitors on a journey through Dubai’s past, present and future, across three levels.

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