‘World’s Largest Picture Frame’ Opens in Dubai
Home to the tallest skyscraper and the largest shopping mall in world, Dubai is no stranger to the world’s biggest structures. And after a decade of planning, the city has finally added another record-breaker to its line-up in the recently opened Dubai Frame – the largest picture frame on the entire planet.
Standing at 150 metres tall, the Dubai Frame stands above Zabeel Park having finally opened almost a decade after it was first designed. Encrusted with golden motifs that glisten in the desert sunshine, the 50-storey Dubai Frame can be visited now for 50 dirhams (£10).
Once inside, visitors will find an immersive exhibition of the emirate’s history, before taking an lift to the 93-metre long viewing gallery at the top of the frame. There, guests can walk along a transparent glass walkway looking down as well as enjoy views of the old city of Deira to the north and the teetering towers of Sheikh Zayed Road to the south.
Finally, a neon-lit ‘vortex’ tunnel then transports guests to an interactive exhibition with augmented reality displays which look to the future of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a whole.
The Dubai Frame has been met with plenty of controversy, however. It was originally designed by Mexican architect, Fernando Donis, back in 2008 when he won an international competition for a “tall emblem structure to promote the new face of Dubai”.
Despite winning the competition, Donis was asked to hand over the intellectual property for the project. Having refused to agree to the conditions, Donis says Dutch engineering giants Arcadis were hired and the project went ahead without him and without his permission.