Dubai Opera to rival Sydney Opera House

Dubai Opera is expected to give Australia's Sydney Opera House a run for it's money when it launches next year

Knowledge story, The Knowledge
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Get ready for The Opera District, coming to Downtown Dubai next year.

In it will feature Dubai Opera ‘a 2,000-seat multi-format venue for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events, and seasonal programmes’.

The project is headed by Jasper Hope, who was the Chief Operating Officer of Royal Albert Hall in London. He took on this fresh role as Chief Executive in January with an aim to promote the attraction globally.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the project which is expected to be the cultural hub of Dubai.

It will promote local talent as well as international, and will feature luxury hotels, as well as plush residential and serviced apartments.

Last year, Emaar launched Opera Grand which is the first residential tower in area. The 66-storey building will feature over 200 two, three, and four-bedroom luxury units.

On top of that, there will be a ‘retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks’ when it opens in March.

Hope said: ‘Dubai Opera is a fantastic development with tremendous potential to serve as the Gulf region’s defining destination for cultural events. I am thankful to Emaar Properties for this opportunity to serve a region that is fast-evolving as one of the leading artistic and cultural hubs in the world. An iconic development such as Dubai Opera will be a catalyst for the city’s cultural scene and serve as a magnet to attract international professionals and large-scale productions, further building Dubai’s reputation globally.’

Dubai Opera is expected to be as well-known around the world as the Sydney Opera House and will be ‘styled on the classic wooden dhows that are synonymous with Dubai Creek’.

It has a lot to live up to as the Australian city’s tourist attraction hosts approximately 1,500 performances annually and has a 42-year history.

Dubai Opera will look at the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, as well as Burj Park and the world’s largest dancing fountain the Dubai Fountain.

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