Dubai Frame and Dubai Safari may open in 2017
Two of Dubai Municipality’s (DM) much-awaited developments may be ready by the end of this year, Construction Week Online reported.
The director-general of DM, Hussain Nasser Lootah, reportedly said that Dubai Safari and Dubai Frame would be ready by the end of this year.
“We are expecting to complete and hope to open Dubai Safari by the end of November,” he said, according to local daily, Gulf News.
A soft launch has been scheduled for early-November to test operations at Dubai Safari, according to the report.
The project was initially planned to open in 2015, but the date was pushed back due to replacement of exterior cladding, according to Dubai Municipality director-general.
The project’s official opening date will be decided based on the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
Commenting on Dubai Frame’s completion, Lootah added: “Dubai Frame will also be complete around the same time.
“Work on the cladding is ongoing and will be completed by August. We will be opening the frame in October,” Lootah told Arabian Business at the time.
Al Rostamani Pegel (ARP) is the main contractor for the 150m-high, 93m-wide structure, which has been designed to resemble a giant picture frame, originally conceptualised by Mexican architect Fernando Donis.
Gold cladding has started to be attached to the Dubai Frame, which once completed, Dubai Frame will offer panoramic views of the city’s best-known architectural landmarks, both old and new.
The Frame consists of two 150m-tall cores, known as ‘legs’, which are linked by a bridge that will allow visitors to walk across the structure. Each leg features fire stairwells and panoramic lifts, which have been supplied by Thyssenkrupp.
The first two floors of the columns were constructed using conventional shutters; the remainder were built with a self-climbing formwork system, which covers three levels at a time. The formwork’s floor-to-floor height is 3.1m.
Dubai Frame boasts 46 floors in total, as well as a roof level.
Meanwhile, in August 2016, UAE news agency WAM reported that Dubai Safari would feature a 1,000-seat theatre, a clean energy production garden, and an interactive garden for children.
The development’s main building, with $41m (AED151m) in construction costs, would also feature a free Wi-Fi system, and interactive software features for visitors and surveillance cameras, it was reported at the time.