Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the grandest, most majestic and awe-inspiring structure in all of Dubai: The Dubai Frame. But before you get too excited, let me remind you that it’s just a giant picture frame. Yes, you heard me right, a giant picture frame. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because this giant picture frame is so much more.
First of all, it’s massive, towering at 150 meters tall and 93 meters wide, making it the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. Just imagine the likes and comments you’ll get when you post a picture of yourself standing next to this massive monstrosity. But let’s not forget about the views from the top. On a clear day, you can see the entire city, including landmarks like the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Jumeirah. It’s like a bird’s eye view of Dubai, but with air conditioning and elevators.
But the Dubai Frame isn’t just a giant photo op, it’s also supposed to be an educational experience. The top deck is split into two sections, one side showcasing the old Dubai and the other side showing the new Dubai. Visitors can learn about the city’s history and development through interactive exhibits and audio guides. But let’s be real, the exhibits are not that interactive, and the audio guides are often hard to hear over the chatter of other visitors. Plus, the “old Dubai” side of the exhibit is really just a view of the city’s older neighborhoods. It’s not like you’re going to see camels and Bedouins roaming around or anything.
Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, the price. Admission is AED 50 for adults and AED 20 for children. That’s not exactly cheap, especially when you consider that you can see similar views from other locations in the city for free. But hey, at least the air conditioning is included.
But the real kicker is the fact that the Dubai Frame is not even original. It’s been designed based on the “Big Picture” a project by Fernando Donis an architect based in Mexico City who won a competition in 2008, but the project was never built and the idea was stolen by the government of Dubai.
In conclusion, the Dubai Frame is a magnificent piece of engineering, a true masterpiece of design and architecture, but it’s not without its flaws. It’s a giant picture frame, and that’s it. But if you’re looking for a unique photo opportunity and don’t mind paying a little extra, the Dubai Frame is worth checking out. Just don’t expect to learn too much about the city’s history, and if you want to see the original design, you might want to head over to Mexico City instead.