Site visit: Dubai Frame, UAE

Once completed, the Frame will offer panoramic views of the city’s best-known architectural landmarks, both old and new.

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That Dubai is proud of its architecture is no secret. And rightly so. Home to Dubai Creek, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall, the Emirate has amassed a formidable reputation over the years for combining traditional design philosophies with modern engineering techniques.

Within this context, it isn’t altogether surprising that decision makers are now working on a project that will both encapsulate and enhance Dubai’s greatest architectural achievements: Dubai Frame.

Al Rostamani Pegel (ARP) is acting as the main contractor for this ambitious development. The 150m-high, 93m-wide structure has been designed to resemble a giant picture frame.

Once completed, the Frame will offer panoramic views of the city’s best-known architectural landmarks, both old and new. On one side stand historic locales such as Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, Karama, and Deira. Turn around and you’ll see ‘New Dubai’, with modern masterpieces such as Burj Al Arab, Emirates Towers, and Burj Khalifa.

The project’s developer, Dubai Municipality expects the Frame to attract more than two-million visitors per year following completion. Encouragingly, its striking aesthetics have already garnered significant attention from across the UAE, according to Richard Browne, operations manager at ARP. More info and photos

By Neha Bhtia  www.constructionweekonline.com

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