Dubai in Gold – the Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame (in Arabic الإطار دبي‎‎) is in the build at the moment and from the design office DONIS and the architect Fernando Donis. It is the winner of the 2009 ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Award. There where 926 proposals in the game. From all over the world the Competition participants were invited to submit their idea of an emblem promoting “the new face of Dubai”. At the moment it is under construction near the Star Gate of Zabeel Park. The size of the building will be 150 Meter high (492 ft) and initally propsed 105 meter wide.

The Frame is positioned in such a special way that all the representative landmarks of the modern city Dubai can be seen on one side. On the other side the visitors can see and view the older parts of the city.

Architecture competition

The international architecture competition called ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award was first held in 1988. It is sponsored by one of the world’s leading elevator companies (guess the name). A panel of international judges selected this winning idea from among 926 design proposals to create this golden structure for dubai.

Ultimately the Donis’ design was selected, for which he won a prize of the of sum of USD 100,000. According to the Designer, when designing the building, they saw all the other iconic buildings and structures of the city and rather than adding another one to it, they framed them all in. Instead of building a massive structure, it was proposed to build a void of 150 meters by 105 meters. To become the structure that celebrates yet constrains the city.


. يقع مشروع #برواز_دبي بالقرب من بوابة النجوم، الموقع الترفيهي الشهير في حديقة زعبيل وإحدى نقاط الجذب الهامة فيها، وهو عبارة عن برواز أو إطار متكامل، يبرز معالم الإمارة و يأطرها بشكل فريد. إذ يبلغ ارتفاع الضلعين 150 متر، وبعرض 93 متر، ليشكل الفراغ القائم بين الضلعين صورة جميلة لمدينة دبي واضحة المعالم من علو شاهق، بحيث ينقل من جهة معالم ومباني شارع الشيخ زايد، لترمز إلى مدينة دبي الحديثة، فيما تضم الجهة الثانية من البرواز معالم لمناطق ديرة، أم هرير والكرامة، والتي ترمز إلى دبي القديمة.


project is located near StarGate , the famous entertainment site in Zabeel Park and one of its important attraction points. Dubai_frame highlights Dubai prominent landmarks in a unique way. It is a 150 meter-high, 93 meter-width for the space in the frame to form a beautiful image about Dubai from a high point. Additionally, it shows from one side the landmarks and building of Sheikh Zayed Road to symbolize the modern Dubai, while showing from the other side landmarks for Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama areas to symbolize the old Dubai. #دبي #بلدية_دبي #DubaiMunicipality #Dubai #mydubai #DubaiFrame #Dubai_Frame #برواز_دبي

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Building the Dubai Frame

By time of writing the works already started on the frame’s glass bridge. Therefor the long wait for the golden Dubai Frame is finally coming to an end. Nearly ready is the structure to get its golden and shiny cladding soon. The golden base of the glass bridge is halfway through and going into full swing. The design is inspired by the Expo 2020 logo, which can already be seen on the bridge.

Worth Dh 160 million the project “Dubai Frame” was launched in the year 2013. It was planned to open back in 2015. The Frame is designed to offer all visitors a breathtaking view of 360 degree of Dubai, while the visitors walk through the frame bridge. Views are towards the Emirates Towers and the famous Burj Khalifa on one side. On the other side you find Deira, Umm Harare and furthermore the Karama.

In the Frame the visitors will find also a gallery and a museum. They will be located on the ground floor. In this rooms  it is planned to display the story of Dubai’s evolution and also displaying information of its past and also the present.

A main panoramic elevator will go up through the frame to get visitors and spectators to the glass bridge. This allow visitors seeing the actual old and modern Dubai, before they will get down from the other side.

The project is expected to become an iconic symbol. Adding to an number of other great landmarks in the city of Dubai. For example the Burj Khalifa and also the Burj Al Arab.

Dubai in Gold - the Dubai Frame
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Dubai in Gold - the Dubai Frame
Dubai Frame is a golden frame building with a 360 degree platform at the top for visitors and includes also a museum and a gallery. click here for more.