Dubai plans 2,000-seat opera house

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Dubai-Opera-HouseDubai is set to make a lasting contribution to the performing arts and events sector with Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat multi-format venue for opera, theater, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes, within The Opera District, the newest development by Emaar Properties in Downtown Dubai, the company said in a statement on March 18.

The Opera District will also feature luxury hotels, residential and serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks. The Dubai Opera itself will feature state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and support systems to ensure an unmatched events experience.

Entered from Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai’s main thoroughfare, The Opera District faces Burj Khalifa , the world’s tallest building, Burj Park, and The Dubai Fountain. Complete with a sky garden and rooftop restaurant, Dubai Opera will be the centerpiece of this wider development.

Envisaged to be as iconic in appearance as the world-famous Sydney Opera House, Dubai Opera is styled on the traditional sailing vessels of the Arabian Gulf, the classic wooden dhows that are synonymous with the world-famous Dubai Creek. 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’ area will feature the waiting areas for spectators, taxi-drop off area, and parking amenities.

“The Opera District highlights the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed 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,” said Emaar’s chairman Mohamed Alabbar.

Downtown Dubai has already established its clear differentials in the arts and culture scene. In addition to hosting premier events, the vibrant community also has several exquisite works of arts including Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; world-renowned figurative artist Fernando Botero’s Horse 2007, a bronze sculpture weighing 1.5 tonnes; Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein’s Together featuring two sculptures – that of an Arab man and an Arab woman; Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Gathering; South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva’s Life Size Andalusian Horse and Rhims Gazelle Herd Edition 1; and South Korean sculptor Jaeyho Lee’s Chorus.

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Dubai is set to make a lasting contribution to the performing arts and events sector with Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat multi-format venue for opera, theater, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes, within The Opera District, the newest development by Emaar Properties in Downtown Dubai, the company said in a statement on March 18.

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Dubai-Opera-HouseDubai is set to make a lasting contribution to the performing arts and events sector with Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat multi-format venue for opera, theater, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes, within The Opera District, the newest development by Emaar Properties in Downtown Dubai, the company said in a statement on March 18.

The Opera District will also feature luxury hotels, residential and serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks. The Dubai Opera itself will feature state-of-the-art audiovisual technology and support systems to ensure an unmatched events experience.

Entered from Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai’s main thoroughfare, The Opera District faces Burj Khalifa , the world’s tallest building, Burj Park, and The Dubai Fountain. Complete with a sky garden and rooftop restaurant, Dubai Opera will be the centerpiece of this wider development.

Envisaged to be as iconic in appearance as the world-famous Sydney Opera House, Dubai Opera is styled on the traditional sailing vessels of the Arabian Gulf, the classic wooden dhows that are synonymous with the world-famous Dubai Creek. 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’ area will feature the waiting areas for spectators, taxi-drop off area, and parking amenities.

“The Opera District highlights the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed 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,” said Emaar’s chairman Mohamed Alabbar.

Downtown Dubai has already established its clear differentials in the arts and culture scene. In addition to hosting premier events, the vibrant community also has several exquisite works of arts including Al Sidra, a free-shaped bronze sculpture by Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohamed Al Saleh; world-renowned figurative artist Fernando Botero’s Horse 2007, a bronze sculpture weighing 1.5 tonnes; Syrian artist Lutfi Romhein’s Together featuring two sculptures – that of an Arab man and an Arab woman; Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero’s Gathering; South African sculptor Vincent Da Silva’s Life Size Andalusian Horse and Rhims Gazelle Herd Edition 1; and South Korean sculptor Jaeyho Lee’s Chorus.

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