By Team ShortList
New venue will host opera, rock, pop and jazz concerts
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.
This is exactly what Dubai lacks - a proper state of the art "theatre". Pretty Spectacular!!! Super excited to attend the opening of Dubai Opera. The developer Emaar has created something iconic. The location is simply out of this world.
Can't wait for the operas, ballets, classical performances, musicals, and rock, pop and jazz concerts. Can it also be an exhibition hall?
The beauty of the seating is that almost half of the seating is built with hydraulic technology, 900 or more seats can disappear with a press of a button and that is absolutely a brilliant piece of work.
"Box within a box" - truly a spectacular piece of art and will put Dubai on the map all over again for its beautiful creations...
To me, it's like one of the wonders of the world. Just breathtaking to even glance at it... Lots of love and thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai... it opens up a vast deal of business internationally!!!