The region’s first ‘permanent water show’, which will be based in the Al Habtoor City megaproject on Sheikh Zayed Road, will give its first performance by the end of this year.
Called La Perle, the show will take place in a tailor-made ‘aqua theatre’, and was unveiled by Dubai conglomerate Al Habtoor Group.
The show will be produced by cultural creative company Dragone and directed by artistic director Franco Dragone.
In a press statement, Al Habtoor Group said there would be 450 performances a year of the show, featuring a cast of 65 international artists performing aqua and aerial feats with the assistance of 70 specialised technicians in a 1,300 seat theatre.
The theatre itself will feature an aqua-stage filled with 2.5 million litres of water, powered by hydraulic lifts and fountains that will allow the stage to change from a dry platform to an aquatic stage and vice versa.
The performers will dive into the water-filled stage from a height of 35 metres and fly around the auditorium on high-powered winches at a speed of four metres per second.
“Together with Dragone, the Al Habtoor Group is leading the way to herald a new era of theatrical entertainment for Dubai and securing the city as not just a tourist destination, but an epicentre for unique world-class theatre,” says Mohammed Al Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Group.
Announced in 2013, Al Habtoor City is set to be the region’s largest integrated hotel complex. The site will feature three hotels, the first of which – the St Regis – has already opened. Located next to the Dubai Canal, the site will also include three luxury residential towers.