Dubai Frame to enhance emirate's skyline?

11/07/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai Frame to enhance emirate's skyline?

The range of property in the UAE showcases the forward-thinking architecture of the present and a new addition to Dubai's landscape may become the next iconic structure.Following in the footsteps of unforgettable buildings such as the Burj Khalifa - the tallest tower in the world, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, its wave-shaped neighbour the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, the Dubai Frame could enhance the emirate's skyline further.Visitors and locals will be able to watch the cityscape from a 150-metre-high glass bridge by the end of 2013, as the Dubai government has approved the construction of this new edifice, state news agency Wam has revealed.The Al Berwaz Tower project has been named the Dubai Landmark at Zabeel Park and, according to artists impressions, will resemble a large square frame that outlines the emerging metropolis artfully once it has reached completion.Frame Tower or the Berwaz - popularly known as the Dubai Frame - is a window-shaped 150 sq m construction and its concept model conceived by architect Fernando Donis won the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Architecture Award in 2009.Mr Donis - who also designed London Gate, a large door frame for the London Olympics - received AED 367,251 (£17,500) for winning the competition.It is hoped the new addition to the city's skyline will promote tourism and add intrigue to the landscape.The Dubai Frame is reportedly going to cost a total AED 120 million and is expected to attract some two million visitors and tourists annually.Included in the design are two vertical lifts, a cafe and an observation deck, while an underground car park and library will be located at the base of the Frame.Dubai Municipality director-general Hussein Nasser Lootah - who briefed Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the vice-president and ruler of Dubai, on the project - said work on the landmark will begin in four months.He added it will reach completion at the end of 2013.