What you need to know if you’re visiting Dubai Opera

Time Out tells you what you need to know if you’re visiting Dubai Opera, including ticket information, parking, location, opening hours and other details

Where is Dubai Opera?
It’s located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, opposite Burj Khalifa.

What kind of events and shows can we look forward to?
Apart from its majestic design and interior, 200 concerts in its first 12 months pretty much confirm Dubai Opera as the Middle East’s most important performing arts venue. Expect orchestral performances, Indian classical music, ballet, flamenco magic and family show, all centred primarily around the classical arts.

So what’s the capacity and what are the prices like?
Dubai Opera holds 2000 concertgoers, with some tickets going for around Dhs350 to others, namely box seats) costing Dhs7600 and up. Bear in mind that some spots have restricted view as well.

So where is Dubai Opera’s Box Office and what are the opening hours?
It’s in the Opera Plaza on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and is open daily from 10am to 9pm.

Do I have to buy and collect my tickets in person at Dubai Opera?
No, you can also buy them online, print your tickets at home or take your mobile tickets with you on the day of the show.

Is it possible to make a group booking with the shows being so popular?
You can. A group booking, constituting more than 10 tickets in one transaction, can be made in person at the box office or by emailing boxoffice@dubaiopera.com.

And can I then resell them at a price I set?
Unless you get prior consent from Dubai Opera, we’re afraid not. If the tickets are found to have been resold or used for advertising, promotion or any other commercial purpose, they’ll be cancelled immediately.

What if I forget my ticket to the show?
You’ll still be able to go in as long as you have sufficient proof that you actually bought a ticket and are carrying valid ID on you. There will also be a Dhs30 charge for the ticket to be reissued.

Are kids allowed in Dubai Opera?
Of course! There are age restrictions on certain shows however, so don’t forget to check on the website and carry your children’s IDs on the day. Kids under two can unfortunately not attend most events at Dubai Opera, although there will be family shows specifically for them.

Where do I park my car for Dubai Opera?
Entrance to the Dubai Opera car park is on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.

What about valet parking and a taxi drop off?
Both are available and reasonable options as the drop-off point is right outside Dubai Opera.

What is the dress code?
Although Dubai Opera encourages ticketholders to dress formally and asks them to wear clothing that’s in keeping with the decorum of the venue, there is no official or strict dress code.

Are there ATMs at Dubai Opera?
You can withdraw money at the ATM close to the car park lifts in Opera Plaza on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown.

Can I take photos or shoot video of Dubai Opera?
Recording audio and video as well as taking photos with cameras or mobiles are strictly prohibited inside Dubai Opera Auditorium and The Rehearsal Room. That’s unless it’s for professional purposes, in which case it requires prior written permission from Dubai Opera.

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