By Staff writer
Venue set to open later this year; will host operas, ballet, classical performances, musicals, Arab and World Music, comedy, film, rock, pop and jazz concerts
Emaar Properties said on Wednesday it will mark the grand inauguration of its iconic Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai with a 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 and will offer an acoustic concert hall and a 2,000 sq m flat floor event space.
It 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, a statement said.
It will seat up to 2,000 for a theatrical production and up to 1,000 for a gala dinner, it added.
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.’”
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.”
The Dubai Opera’s transparent all-glass foyer opens to the waterfront of Burj Lake, and serves as a transition between a plaza and theatre.
With a built-up area of over 35,500 sq m, Dubai Opera is an integral part of The Opera District, a dedicated cultural and lifestyle hub launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Delighted that the Dubai Opera dream is finally being realised - but it's far from being 'the city's first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre'! DUCTAC - the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre at the Mall of the Emirates - opened in 2006 with both a full-size auditorium and a studio theatre, as well as a host of rehearsal and workshop facilities, art classrooms, library, music school etc. Built under the supervision of a non-profit committee, it is now in its 10th year of staging plays and musicals in many languages, as well as hugely varied dance shows and - yes, operas. Credit's where it's due.........