Last month, Dubai’s Municipality confirmed that work on the $43.5 million Dubai Frame project is 75 per cent complete and will be ready by December 2015.
The project, shaped like a window frame, is sited near Zabeel Park’s Star Gate games and rides area.
Dubai Frame will allow panoramic views of Old Dubai and the skyline of New Dubai from each side.
In addition to the Dubai Frame, the municipal body is currently carrying out projects worth $462.8m in the city, including the Dubai Fish Market, Dubai Safari and Al Thuraya Observatory projects, according to Dubai Municipality’s director-general, Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah.
Work on certain projects has been carried forth from last year and, as such, these developments are governed by the previous budget.
Lootah expects some “main projects” to be ready this year, Gulf News reported.
The Municipality will complete nine projects in 2016, including the $83.1m African Village phase of the Dubai Safari project, which is currently more than 30 percent complete and due to open in Q3 2016.
The Dubai Frame to beat the top 5
According ABC News Point, the most expensive building of 2015, Abraj Al Bait in Saudi Arabia, costs $15bn – almost three times less than the cost of the unique attraction building, the Dubai Frame. The top five list for 2015 includes two buildings from the GCC.
The full list from ABC News Point is below:
- Abraj Al Bait
Government-owned mega-tall building Abraj Al Bait has been developed by Saudi Arabia’s largest construction company, Saudi Binladin Group. The building has several titles including the world’s largest clock face, third-tallest building, fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the world, second-largest mosque and most expensive building in the world, for its massive budget of $15 billion.
- Marina Bay Sands
For a cost of $5.5bn, Marina Bay Sands is another one of the most expensive buildings in the world, fronting the Marina Bay in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands contains a 2,561-room hotel, two large theatres, seven celebrity restaurants, a museum, an ice-skating rink and the world’s largest atrium casino having 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. A Las Vegas Sands Corp property, Marina Bay Sands opened fully in February 2011, six months after its official opening. The magnificent building offers a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline at a height of 200 metres.
- Resorts World Sentosa
The integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, Resorts World Sentosa contains lot of appeal for its Universal Studios park, a Marine Life Park, Adventure Cove Water Park and Singapore’s two luxury casinos, while the world’s largest oceanarium is also a cause of attraction. The big budget project was developed by Genting Singapore and opened on January 20, 2010; however, some of parts have been opened later like the Maritime Experiential Museum and the Marine Life Park. Resorts World Sentosa was constructed for a total cost of $4.93bn, for which the building is included in the list of the most expensive buildings in the world.
- Emirates Palace
The seven-star luxury hotel, Emirates Palace is situated in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Designed by British architect John Elliott, Emirates Palace contains 394 suites and rooms specially furnished to offer guests greater opulence. It opened officially in March 2005. Emirates Palace has been considered as the most luxurious hotel in United Arab Emirates and is also one of the most expensive buildings in the world, with an approximate budget of $3.90bn.
- Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
One of top hotels in the world Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is home to luxury casino and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip consists of two high-rise towers. Some of popular restaurants of Cosmopolitan include Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milos, China Poblano, The Henry and Jaleo. The Blackstone Group owned Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas construction has faced several financial problems since its completion while the mega project of $3.90bn is added in the list of top most expensive buildings in the world.