A picture perfect Dubai skyline

Dubai has been known to keep itself in the picture when it comes to cutting-edge architecture.

So, it is no surprise that it has added another buzzworthy structure to its skyline: The Dubai Frame (left), touted as the world's biggest picture frame.

The attraction, which opened at the beginning of this year, rises 150m above Zabeel Park and offers a unique vantage point from which to see both the old and new sections of the city.

Looking south from the 93m-long, glass-bottomed viewing gallery at the top of the frame, visitors can delight in Dubai's modern skyscrapers (above) such as the Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa. The other side gives a bird's-eye view of the city's older parts such as Deira and Karama.

The admission price of 50 dirhams ($18) also includes an exhibition of the emirate's past as well as an immersive video experience of what its future could be like 50 years from now.

The 50-storey project has courted some controversy, however, with news last year that its design may have been used without the consent of Mexican architect Fernando Donis, who had originally proposed the idea.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2018, with the headline 'A picture perfect Dubai skyline'. Print Edition | Subscribe