By Parag Deulgaonkar
"Work on the cladding is ongoing and will be completed by August," says Dubai Municipality chief Lootah
Dubai Frame, a soon-to-be tourism landmark, will open in October, says the Dubai Municipality chief.
Announced in 2013, the $43.60 million (AED160 million) project has been delayed with the official opening planned in 2015, but then pushed back to 2016.
However, Arabian Business reported in February that the prime reason for the delay has been the civic body’s decision to replace the exterior claddings of the frame.
“Work on the cladding is ongoing and will be completed by August. We will be opening the frame in October,” Hussain Nasser Lootah confirmed to Arabian Business on Sunday after signing an agreement with Emaar Properties and Dubai Properties Group on use of Dubai Lamp, an energy efficient LED, in all their existing and new projects.
In response to the claims of Fernando Donis, the architect who won the international competition to design the frame and who filed an intellectual property lawsuit in the US, the director-general said: “In Dubai there are so many things. This is one of the stories. Everyone puts stories about Dubai. [So] I should take it down? We are opening in October.”
The 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure in Zabeel Park resembles a picture frame through which landmarks, including Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa, representing modern Dubai can be seen on one side with views of older parts of the city, such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama from the other side.
The interior space on the ground floor will be used as an exhibition gallery and museum, while a panoramic elevator will take visitors from the ground floor up through the rib of the frame to the top floor from where visitors can see the old and modern Dubai.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.