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Emaar to replace Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera 'in due course'

Rooftop venue will operate 'an exciting new dining concept that promises an experience elevate', according to Emaar Hospitality Group

Emaar to replace Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera 'in due course'
Sean Connolly said that he will leave the restaurant on January 15 this year.

Emaar Hospitality Group has confirmed that a new concept will replace the Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera restaurant 'in due course'.

“We can confirm that the brand ‘Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera’ will be replaced in due course," a spokesperson for Emaar Hospitality Group told Arabian Business.

"The venue will operate an exciting new dining concept that promises an experience elevating the iconic location. Stay tuned as the new owner and operator announces more details of their plans," the spokesperson added. 

Sean Connolly, in a statement to Esquire Middle East, said that he will leave the rooftop venue on January 15 this year. 

“It’s with great sadness that I leave my baby behind, but I do intend to keep coming back to Dubai,” he told the publication.

The restaurant, opened in July 2017, is a contemporary, informal brasserie stretched across 12,000 square foot on top of the iconic building in Downtown Dubai.

The venue, which was Connolly’s first in the Middle East, comprises a main restaurant, private dining room, chef’s table, bar and outdoor rooftop terrace that overlooks views of the Burj Khalifa.

British-born Connolly, who built a name for himself in New Zealand and Australia, has five other restaurants in Auckland (2), Adelaide, Sydney and Byron Bay.

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