Emaar Properties today announced the appointment of Jasper Hope as chief executive of Dubai Opera, the 2,000-seat multi-format venue for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film and sports events, which acts as the centerpiece of The Opera District development in Downtown Dubai and is set to commence operations in 2016.
Previously chief operating officer of the Royal Albert Hall in London, Hope assumed charge in January 2015, bringing his expertise in promoting high-end cultural destinations to the role as Dubai Opera's lead officer and international advocate. With experience in creating, directing and promoting global events, Hope is mandated with ensuring the commercial success of Dubai Opera and developing its profile internationally.
Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, The Opera District in Downtown Dubai is billed to be the cultural hub of the region bringing with it an unparalleled lifestyle for residents. Set to promote the arts, culture, and events scene, The Opera District will feature luxury hotels, residential and serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties, said: “With Dubai Opera, we aim to further define Dubai’s cultural richness and create a dynamic platform for intercultural exchange. Mr Hope’s proven track-record in identifying and motivating talent will be a strong resource in achieving our goals.”
Hope commented: “Dubai Opera is a fantastic development with tremendous potential to serve as the Gulf region’s defining destination for cultural events. I am thankful to Emaar Properties for this opportunity to serve a region that is fast-evolving as one of the leading artistic and cultural hubs in the world. An iconic development such as Dubai Opera will be a catalyst for the city’s cultural scene and serve as a magnet to attract international professionals and large-scale productions, further building Dubai’s reputation globally.”