Dubai: The emirate’s next landmark — Dubai Frame — is expected to draw about two million visitors per year from across the globe, a senior municipal official announced on Wednesday.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said construction work on the Dubai Frame project will begin in December and it is expected to be ready by the second half of 2015.
“We have already opened tenders and will be giving the contract to the appropriate contractors, according to our plan. We are looking forward to a unique architectural landmark that matches the global status of Dubai,” said Lootah.
“We expect it will be a bridge between the past and future of Dubai and may become a name attached to Dubai like Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab,” he said.
“Apart from offering the best and globally acclaimed municipal services, we are adopting policies and executing projects that support the business and tourism sectors of Dubai, which comes within our strategic vision,”
Lootah said that the new project supports and boosts both sectors in which Dubai holds a leading role.
He explained that Dubai Frame, or Barwaz Dubai in Arabic, is a large window-frame like structure that frames the old Dubai at one end and the new advanced Dubai in the other.
It will be 150 metres in height and 93 metres in width. Viewers can see the ever-expanding project of Dubai that lies on both sides of Shaikh Zayed Road, where you can also see the traditional areas of Dubai, including Karama, Umm Hurair and Bur Dubai from the other side.
Lootah said Dubai Municipality has conducted extensive studies and research for the exact location to build this big frame that connects the past and future of the emirate.
“It was after deep study and extensive consultation that the construction was decided near the Star Gate of Zabeel Park, which is a famous point for visitors and tourists,” he said.
The ground floor of the giant frame will house a gallery that depicts the journey of Dubai, which includes its history and how the city emerged as a global leader from the 1960s, with the use the most advanced technologies available.