Dubai Frame to be ready by 2014

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame, Dubai’s next major iconic building, will feature a museum when it is completed by the end of 2014.

The window-shaped 150-metre by 105-metre structure, projected to cost Dh120 million, will have a museum that tells the story of the development of the city, the Dubai municipality said.

“The visit was aimed at reviewing the progress of this most awaited project which is anticipated to be a new icon of Dubai like the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. (The) Dubai Frame is likely to attract over two million tourists every year,” the municipality said in a statement.

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The idea for the frame emerged from a worldwide architecture competition that began in 2008 and ran for 13 months. The frame concept by Dutch practice Donis emerged as the winner from more than 2967 submissions by designers from 106 countries. The concept model of the tower had won the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Architecture Award in 2009.

The project will be a complete glass, transparent structure resembling a huge window frame intended to highlight the attractions of the city. Visitors will be able to view the skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road from one side  and landmarks of old Dubai – Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama-  from the other side.

Major highlights of the project include a terrace cafe on the top cross-beam and a 150-metre-high glass floor bridge with observation decks.

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