Emaar Properties will mark the inauguration of its iconic ‘Dubai Opera’ in Downtown Dubai, with a spectacular line-up of world-class performances later this year.
The city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. It offers the ultimate flexibility of a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall and a 2,000sqm flat floor event space. The destination will 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 pays glorious tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Dubai taking design inspiration from the vintage dhows, which were integral to Dubai’s ancestors who took to the seas as part of their livelihood. Dubai Opera also serves as a constant reminder of Dubai’s history as a trading, fishing and pearl diving community, celebrating the unbreakable link to the sea, and its cultural richness defined by Nabati poetry, story-telling, plays, literature and folk dances. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai Opera is our tribute to our city and the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE 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.”