The Dubai Opera, designed by architects Atkins, is planned to be inaugurated later this year, although earlier plans predicted the completion date as early as March.
With a built-up area of over 35,500m2, 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.
The structure is a tribute to Dubai’s cultural heritage, inspired by the classic wooden dhows that are synonymous with Dubai Creek.
The Dubai Opera’s transparent all-glass foyer opens to the waterfront of Burj Lake, and serves as a transition between the plaza and the theatre.
Dubai Opera is the city’s first purpose-built performing arts centre that features a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall as well as a 2,000m2 flat floor events space.
“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,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, the developers behind the project.
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.”
“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,” said Jasper Hope, chief executive of Dubai Opera.