The opening of Dubai Frame, a landmark tourism project, has been pushed back due to replacement of exterior claddings, according to Dubai Municipality director-general.
Launched in 2013, the $43.60 million (AED160 million) project has been delayed with the official opening planned in 2015, but delayed to 2016.
The 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure in Zabeel Park resembles a picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while visitors can view the older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama from the other side.
In November 2016, the municipality said the main work has been completed with the interior decoration work and exterior cladding work currently being carried out.
In an interview with Arabian Business, Hussain Nasser Lootah said replacement of claddings has delayed the completion of the project, but opening is scheduled in the second half of 2017.
“We have been delayed because we have some difficulties with the claddings and so we need to change it. It’s not only because of the new [the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code 2017] regulations, but we also want to give the frame a new look,” he said.
“The project will be ready but we won’t open in May… sometime after that,” he added.
A new architectural icon in Dubai on the verge of completion. Dubai Frame in the form of a huge frame for a beautiful features. pic.twitter.com/qqRiOoFEtW
— بلدية دبي (@DMunicipality) December 28, 2016
According to the Municipality, Dubai Frame will have interior spaces on the ground floor as an exhibition gallery and museum. There will be a main panoramic elevator on ground floor will take visitors up through the rib of the frame to the top floor from where visitors will see the actual old and modern Dubai.
In 2014, The National reported that the initial designer of Dubai Frame claimed changes to his design revealed by the local authority are in breach of the competition rules. Read full story here.