Dubai gets set to be a global hub for performing arts

Dubai as hub for performing artsImage Credit: Courtesy Emaar

A multi-format project in Downtown Dubai is being groomed to be a new global destination for performing arts. The 2,000-seat Dubai Opera will be a venue for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes within The Opera District, the newest development by Emaar Properties in the area.

Set to promote the arts, culture and events scene of Dubai, The Opera District will also feature luxury hotels, elegantly designed residential and serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks. It will also feature state-of-the- art audio-visual technology and support systems.

Entered from Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai’s main thoroughfare, The Opera District faces Burj Khalifa, Burj Park and The Dubai Fountain. Complete with a sky garden and rooftop restaurant, Dubai Opera will be the centrepiece of the development.

Like a dhow

Dubai Opera is styled after the traditional sailing vessels of the Arabian Gulf, the classic wooden dhows. The bow of the structure will contain Dubai Opera’s main stage, orchestra and seating areas, as well as the proposed sky garden and restaurants. The elongated hull will serve as the waiting areas for spectators as well as for taxi drop-off and other parking amenities for every performing arts then.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “The Opera District highlights the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to develop a vibrant cultural community and events destination in the city, which will encourage our talented local artists and also promote global cultural exchange.

“Dubai Opera, which is central to the new arts and lifestyle district, will be a spectacular addition to Downtown Dubai, already home to global icons such as the Burj Khalifa. The state-of-the-art opera house and the varied lifestyle components of The Opera District will energise Dubai’s events and tourism sectors,” he said.

Art scene
“With the city establishing its global reputation as an arts hub, the new development will also strengthen the Dubai Art Season, which brings together the city’s vibrant arts initiatives.”

Downtown Dubai has already established its arts and culture scene. In addition to hosting premier events, the community also has several exquisite works of art.




Source: Property WeeklyPW


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