Dubai Frame to open for National Day?

The Dubai Frame could be open just in time for National Day if the current schedule goes smoothly to plan


Back in July, it was revealed the highly-anticipated Dubai Frame was scheduled to open in December – and it looks like the project is right on track.

While the $43.5 million (Dhs160m) development was 75 percent complete in July, it is now reported to be ready to welcome visitors in one month, bang on schedule for National Day December 2.

The news comes after the sky bridge was put up last week, arching the gap of the two 50-storey (150 metres) towers that are each 93metres wide.

Now contractors are cladding the towers, which are expected to be off-white – according to Gulf News.

Guests to the attraction will stand on a 100 square metre platform – 25 square metres of which are transparent - to take snaps of the emirate and view it from various awesome angles.

There will be a glass elevator offering panoramic views, a café situated at the top and tiles producing solar energy on the exterior of the structure.

At present is has not been confirmed how many people will be able to grace the 23,453 tonne frame at one time and the cost at which entry is gained is also being kept under wraps for the moment.

The project, shaped as a window frame, is sited near the Star Gate games and rides area of Zabeel Park and will serves to provide incredible views of Old Dubai and the skyline of New Dubai from each side.

It’s believed the Dubai Frame will attract 2 million visitors each year and is just one of a few ventures the municipal body is currently carrying out as part of projects worth $462.8 million in the city.

These include the Dubai Fish Market, Dubai Safari, and Al Thuraya Observatory projects, according to Dubai Municipality's director-general, Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah.

Work on certain projects has been carried forth from last year, and as such, these developments are governed by the previous budget.

The Municipality will complete nine projects in 2016, including the $83.1 million African Village phase of the Dubai Safari project, which is over 30 percent complete and due to open in Q3 2016.

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