By CW Staff http://www.constructionweekonline.com
Construction work on the iconic Dubai Frame will start next month and is expected to be ready by the second half of 2015, according to Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.
And it is hoped the Emirate’s next great landmark will attract up to 2m visitors-a-year.
The 150m high, 93m wide structure, is being built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai like Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while on the other older parts of the city like Deira, Umm Harair and Karama can be viewed.
At the base of the frame will be a museum telling the story of the city’s development.
Lootah said: “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.
“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.
“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 Dubai Municipality has conducted exhaustive studies and research for the exact location to build the giant frame, which will cost Dh120m ($32.6m). More info