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The Dubai Frame - Guide for Tourists


Page update - Sep 23, 2022

The Dubai Frame is a building in the shape of a large picture frame. There is an observation deck for visitors on the upper floors. How to get there? How much does the ticket cost? What is remarkable about this building and what does it symbolize? Read the answers below on this page.

As of September 2022, the Dubai Frame is open to the public and operates as usual. Remember covid-safety rules are still in force in the UAE. Face masks are still mandatory indoors.

Brief description

The Dubai Frame building is 492 feet (150 meters) high and 305 feet (93 meters) wide - the proportions are closest to the "golden ratio" (1.618:1). The building has 48 floors. Its second name is Berwaz Dubai.

The concrete foundation required 2,615,000 gallons (9,900 cubic meters) of concrete. The structure itself required 2,000 tons of steel and 31,200 square feet (2,900 square meters) of extra-strong multi-layer glass. The project cost USD 43.5 million that is a quite small sum by the standards of the Emirate of Dubai.

The building opened to the public in January 2018.

Tourists go up to the observation deck by elevator in 75 seconds. It's not quite clear why the administration likes to show this figure in advertisements and at the official website? The speed of 2 meters per second (6.5 feet per second) is not much at all. By modern standards, this elevator does not even have the right to be called a "high-speed".

But the elevator has glass walls, and this is very interesting for visitors, but the administration for some reason does not write about it on the website and in booklets. Elevators for the Dubai Frame were created by the German company ThyssenKrupp.

Is it true the Dubai Frame is made of gold?

Many tourists are sure that the building is covered in gold. We have to disappoint. No, it's just covered with decorative stainless steel of gold color. It took 161,500 square feet (15,000 square meters) of this decoration.

The color is chosen so that the building looks like a gilded picture frame. The color design had a second goal - to repeat the style of the logo of Dubai World Expo 2020 (Expo 2021). See how the logo looks like.



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There are two attractions for tourists

The first is the observation deck at 475 feet (145 meters) high. Of course, it is not 1,482 feet (452 meters) and 1,820 feet (555 meters) at the Burj Khalifa, but it is much cheaper.

The central part of the floor of the observation deck is made of glass for adrenaline lovers and for those who like to take unusual photos.

And now for the best part! This glass floor is made in such a way that it becomes transparent only if a person steps on it. Creates a stunning effect when an unsuspecting visitor steps on a part of such a floor and it becomes transparent. Unfortunately, many tourists complain that at the time of their visit this function did not work.

The second is the "Past, Present, Future of Dubai" exhibit.

The "past" section contains photos and reconstructions of life in Dubai before the oil era, including original household items of Dubai inhabitants from old times. The "present" section is located on the top floor and contains art objects symbolizing modern Dubai. The "future" section is a futuristic corridor that shows fantasies about what the city will look like in 50 years.

Symbolism of the building

The building is set up so that to the north you can see the old Bur Dubai and Deira neighborhoods. To the south, the new Downtown district and Burj Khalifa are visible. The building symbolizes the continuity of the old and the new in the development of the Emirate of Dubai.

Is it possible to look into it as a painting?

Yes, it is possible.

The first option is to see live from a helicopter. Dubai offers sightseeing flights for tourists, but this attraction is not cheap - from USD 200 per person. And not all helicopter programs have a stopover near the Dubai Frame. It is better to ask in advance whether it is included or not.

The second option is cheaper. You can look at the photos on the Internet, and there are a lot of such photos published already. Such photos were made by professional photographers by cameras at quadcopters. Now they can't use drones, because on January 22, 2022, drones are prohibited in the UAE.

Where is located and how to get there

The Dubai Frame building is located in Zabeel park in the Bur Dubai district.

The easiest way to get there is by subway to the Max Fashion Station (known as Al Jafiliya until August 2021) on the red line. See the subway map and the fares in our review "Dubai Metro - map and fares".

The Dubai Frame can be seen through the window of the subway train, it cannot be confused with anything else. We remind, the Dubai subway red line is built above the land (not underground). In addition, it is the only tall building in the area. After you exit the subway, walk along the main road, after 800 feet (250 meters) you will find Zabeel Park, then walk 1500 feet (500 meters) more along the park to the Dubai Frame building.

You can take a cab. Dubai is a very big city, and the metered ride could cost from 12 to 70 dirhams, depending on where you are coming from. Read about the fares in our review "Taxis in the UAE".

Operating hours

Every day - from 9 am to 9 pm (9-00 to 21-00).



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Ticket price

To enter the building, you must first enter Zabeel Park what is paid. The fee is 5 dirhams.

An important point! Some tourists write to us that they were let into the park for free with a ticket to Dubai Frame. Some write that they were not let in for free. The main editor of our website was forced to pay 5 dirhams during lat visit. As luck would have it. If they let you in, there is reason to rejoice a little - you will save 5 dirhams. But mentally prepare that you have to pay the 5 dirhams.

You can pay for entrance to the park only with a NOL transport card. Only Silver and Gold cards are acceptable, you can't pay the entrance fee with a Red card. If you don't have a NOL card (for example, if you use only cabs) you can usually buy the card at the park entrance for the standard price of 25 dirhams, 19 of which go to the card account. Read more about the cards in our detailed review "NOL Transport Card".

The price of the Dubai Frame ticket is 50 dirhams (without VAT) + 2.5 (VAT) = 52.5 dirhams.

For children from 3 to 12 years old it is 20 dirhams (without VAT) + 1 (VAT) = 21 dirhams.

Free of charge for children under 3 years old.

See our review "Money in the UAE" for the current dirham (AED) exchange rates.

It is better to buy tickets in advance on the official website dubaiframe.ae . The situation with coronavirus may become worse at any day and the ticket offices can close.

There are never crowds of people there. Even on holidays and weekends there is always free space at the windows on the observation deck, because the observation deck is large - 1,000 square feet (100 square meters).

There is a ticket booth of the Dubai Frame at the entrance to the park number 4. To get to this entrance 4, you have to go around the park from the right. Unfortunately, so far there is only conflicting information as to whether this ticket office is open on a regular basis and what schedule it runs on.

What else to see in Zabeel Park

Zabeel Park is a nice bonus. There are a few other interesting places in the park.

There is a wonderful playground at the west entrance with big slides, a mini climbing wall, and a section for the little kids.

There used to be a Stargate Dubai theme park in the middle of the park. The theme park closed in 2016, but its buildings are still standing and accessible to the public. The buildings show a futuristic space base or a colony of earthlings on another planet. It is quite possible that they will still be torn down by the time you visit Zabeel Park.

There is a stage in the center of the park, which resembles a large amphitheater. Sometimes there are performances of local amateur performers.

The biggest flea market in Dubai is located in the Zabeel park. It is usually open from 6 pm to 10 pm. If you find yourself during this time, look, they sell a lot of interesting antiques.

The Zabeel park itself already causes positive emotions. There are 117 acres (47.5 hectares) of greenery, planted with 7,000 palm trees and 3,000 other trees. Walking around the park is already a pleasure.

Tips for tourists and important points

- Tourists are not allowed to bring food and drinks inside the building;

- It is forbidden to have piercing or cutting objects in the building;

- It is forbidden to touch the items at the exhibition. Many of the items are of historical and cultural value;

- When at the observation deck, don't forget to look southwest and see Sheikh Zayed huge portrait, which is 285 feet (87 meters) in diameter;

- If you are interested in observation decks, read about the newest one, The View (opened April 7, 2021). Read more about it in our review "The View at The Palm";

- There is a dress code, though not strict, same as in the rest of Dubai. You can read more about the dress code in our review "What tourists are not allowed to do in the UAE".

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