Monday, 15 January 2018

A Dubai day

Usually when Erika is here we do a day in Dubai as well. There is so much to see and do, always new adventures on the horizon. This time the plan for the day was to visit a brand new attraction, which only opened on the 1st January; have a lunch break somewhere in the sun, and finally visit another attraction which has been on my want-to-do-list for several seasons already. Busy busy!

We started at the brand new Dubai Frame - the biggest picture frame in the world, 150 meter tall.

We came first thing in the morning, and there was no queues, and hardly no people at all. We had a very pleasant visit. First we got treated to a small exhibition about how the frame was built, and why they chose to place it here in Zabeel Park.

Then we took the elevator up the 50 floors, to reach the viewing gallery at the top of the frame. The views to one side is of the old(er) cities of Deira and Karama, and to the other you can see the more modern skyscrapers and landmarks along the Sheikh Zayed Road.

The sky deck was equipped with augmented reality activated windows whereby we could identify different buildings and landmarks we could see. Very cool. 

The walkway is partly equipped with a step-sensitive flooring, which means that the dark glass floor will suddenly disappear from beneath you. For the more squeamish, there is luckily also a concrete walkway path on the side.

The exterior of the frame with its swirling golden patterns was inspired by the logo of the Expo 2020 which will be held in Dubai. It glimmered and glistened beautifully in the sunshine.

An attraction well worth visiting, I highly recommend it.

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