UAE developer Emaar has announced its plans to build a state of the art 2000-seater Opera House in Downtown Dubai, geared at housing all manner of events, from opera to theatre right across to art exhibitions and film and sport events.
Styled on the traditional sailing vessels of the Arabian Gulf - the classic wooden dhows synonymous with Dubai Creek -the ‘bow’ of the planned building will contain Dubai Opera’s main stage, orchestra and seating areas, as well as the proposed sky garden and restaurants. An elongated ‘hull’ area will reportedly feature a waiting area for spectators, as well as a taxi-drop off area and parking amenities.
The new venue is purportedly to be an integral part of an already envisaged ‘Opera District’ in the downtown part of the city – boasting the standard Dubai fare of luxury hotels, residential and serviced apartments and a retail plaza – with the added welcome addition of recreational spaces and parks.
Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, stated last month: “Dubai Opera, which is central to the new arts and lifestyle district, will be a spectacular addition to Downtown Dubai, already home to global icons such as Burj Khalifa. The state-of-the-art opera house and the varied lifestyle components of The Opera District will energise Dubai’s events and tourism sectors.”
It’s still a way away however, so don’t worry about reserving your Phantom of the Opera tickets just yet....