A plan to build a new cultural district near the Burj Khalifa has been announced by real estate giant Emaar Properties.
The project, including an art museum and galleries, will be known as the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District.
Two new ‘art hotels’ are also planned for the district, along with other leisure facilities and studios. Design and architectural plans for the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District are being finalised, and work is expected to commence soon, it was announced.
Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, said: “The focus of the Dubai Modern Art and Opera House District is to stimulate the city’s cultural and artistic milieu.” He added it would provide the infrastructure for “arts and culture to thrive.”
Dubai currently has 50 art galleries and hosts events such as Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA, which is currently running in Bastakiya, showcasing local artists’ work.
Emaar said that the new district will stand out as a “design masterpiece”, with plazas, high streets, shaded colonnades, courtyards, alleyways and waterfront promenades.
Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, is constructing a huge cultural complex on Saadiyat Island, hosting branches of the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and Zayed National Museum.
The past few years has seen a cultural boom in the Gulf region, with the Royal Opera House in Oman, opening in October.