Dubai Opera draws closer to completion

New opera house in Dubai is set to open with a spectacular line-up of world-class performances
The Dubai Opera house is scheduled to open later this year.
The Dubai Opera house is scheduled to open later this year.

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Emaar Properties has said ‘Dubai Opera’ in Downtown Dubai will open later this year with a spectacular line-up of world-class performances.

The city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. It includes a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall and a 2,000 square metre flat floor event space.

It is expected to welcome a varied programme of cultural and lifestyle events including operas, ballet, classical performances, musicals, Arab and World music, comedy, film, family entertainment, as well as rock, pop and jazz concerts.

To seat up to 2,000 for a theatrical production and up to 1,000 for a gala dinner, Dubai Opera has been designed to reflect the cultural heritage of Dubai, taking design inspiration from the vintage dhows.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai Opera is our tribute to our city and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as a seat of arts, culture, performing arts and world-class events. An architectural masterpiece, it draws design inspiration from our own heritage, while the focus on bringing exclusive and accomplished performing arts places it on the league of the world’s finest theatres.”

He added: “Dubai Opera adds a new dimension to cultural entertainment in the city, while adding value to the surrounding hospitality, retail, touristic and residential developments. With this sterling addition to the city, we are supporting our leadership’s focus on establishing Dubai as a ‘City of Happy, Creative and Empowered People.’”

Dubai Opera's stage will host a huge array of world-class talent and the 2016 season programme is designed to appeal to the cosmopolitan population who live, work in and visit Dubai.

Jasper Hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera, said: “The Emiratis used to sing, as divers searched for pearls, and in 2016 visitors to Dubai will be able to seek out new cultural gems in a sensational home for the arts in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Dubai Opera will unquestionably help the city broaden its global appeal as a hub for culture and the arts, and when the curtain rises will help entice artists and audiences from across the world.”

Dubai Opera’s transparent all-glass foyer opens to the waterfront of Burj Lake. Architecture-wise this presents the identity of Dubai Opera serving as a ‘box-within-a-box’ with the theatre enveloped by a translucent foyer. Access to the venue will be through Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.

With a built-up area of over 35,500 square metres, Dubai Opera is an integral part of The Opera District, a dedicated cultural and lifestyle hub launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

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