Dubai Opera: Cultural Heartbeat of Dubai

A shining jewel in the crown that is The Opera District, the Dubai Opera radiates an old world elegance and charm.

Located in Downtown Dubai, this beautiful centre of arts and culture is known for producing and hosting some of the finest and most creative performing arts experiences in Dubai. It is a unique 2000 seat multi format theatre that is housed inside the Emaar Dubai Opera, making it unique and a destination that stands out when discussing arts and culture around the globe. 

An award winning architectural gem

Inaugurated in 2016, the shape of the Dubai Opera is homage to Dubai, as it resembles a dhow, which is a traditional sailing boat. A definitive name on the list of any performing artist, it is a performers’ dream to be on the stage of the multiple award winning Dubai Opera.

The Dubai Opera seamlessly blends architectural innovation with cultural heritage, bringing about numerous magical moments – and making it one of Dubai’s most iconic destinations in Downtown Dubai.

The structure of the Emaar Dubai Opera pays a tribute to the maritime history of the city. It carves a beautiful contrast to the state of the art and top end facilities that it is equipped with. The Emaar Dubai Opera adds its own indelible and a beautiful mark of the growth, pride and quality of life in the city of Dubai.

This low rise structure shines like a diamond amongst high rise buildings of Downtown Dubai. Each and every detail including arrival of guests is designed in an extraordinary fashion. Shedding light on the unique concept of the foyer, the Emaar Dubai Opera’s design director Janus Rostock of Atkins, the one behind this prestigious project, stated, “The arrival experience of guests through the plaza also creates a ‘theatre of people’.”

Opera District – the cultural heartbeat of Downtown Dubai

The Dubai Opera is quite easy to reach, since it is located in the heart of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai Individuals with special needs can also very easily access the performing arts center because it is equipped to facilitate access for persons with disabilities, as is reminiscent of almost all structures in Downtown Dubai.

Even if you are not heading to the Dubai Opera, a walk around Opera District will yield surprises on every corner. From being surrounded by one of a kind hotels like Palace Downtown, Vida Downtown and Armani Hotel, it also houses high end residential and serviced apartments such as Forte, IL Primo (residential) and Address Residences (serviced). Opera District has become a flourishing cultural hub of Dubai with artists from varied fields wanting to have the address of ‘Opera District’ on their business cards.

Dubai Opera’s multitude functions

In a way, The Dubai Opera is a visible testament to the history, and the subsequent development of Dubai. Located in the Downtown area, alongside the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Opera House promises stunning views not just inside it, but also as soon as one steps outside. An experience that is breathtaking to say the least, watching a production play out in the opera, embodies a soothing experience to remember.

The transformation that it is capable of enables Dubai Opera to host a wide variety of performances and events including theatre, opera, ballet, orchestras, concerts, fashion shows, live entertainment, conferences, galleries and art exhibitions.

The Emaar Dubai Opera also has a large number of open spaces and venues, including a stunning rooftop restaurant and a sky garden, The Dubai Opera Garden with views of The Dubai Fountain and Top of Burj Khalifa. The beautiful sculptures and artworks that adorn the walls and corridors were designed and curated specifically for The Opera, and add a signature charm to it. 

In the short span since its inception in 2016, the Dubai Opera has shown a resilience to showcase some of the best and most authentic performing arts productions, made by artists in Dubai and from all over the world as well. The Emaar Dubai Opera design offers the unique flexibility of a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall, and 2000 square meter flat floor event space. 

Even if you ain’t an audience here to a show, why not tour the magnificent property?!

Public tours of the Dubai Opera House are available on most days and the tickets for the same can be purchased online, or at the Box Office located there. The tours are conducted in English as well as in Arabic, but one can advance book a tour in their native language as well. 

If monuments and structures could speak, the Dubai Opera would possibly sing a story more melodious and harder to ignore than an opera singer. 

Areas covered by the tour include the auditorium, backstage areas, dressing rooms, piano and trap room, sound room and the rarely seen seat storage area when the auditorium transforms into flat floor mode. All tours share the fascinating story and architecture of the Dubai Opera House building, and also offer real and tangible insight into the production process and what goes into making world class productions. 

The legendary performances that have taken place at The Dubai Opera

A perpetually star studded venue, that always showcases the best of best productions, the Emaar Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai has hosted some of the most critically acclaimed and world class entertainment productions. Known worldwide for the Phantom Opera, some of the most memorable ones have probably been when Placido Domingo, who is known as the King of Opera performed at the opening of Dubai Opera House. Also, The Nutcracker, a famous Russian ballet, has performed at the Dubai Opera in the past.

Music lovers at the Opera rejoiced when International artists like Julio Iglesias, Anoushka Shankar, Rita Ora, and the Vengaboys performed there. Classical ballets like The Swan Lake have also delivered spellbinding performances here in the past. Moreover, many world-renowned comedians also perform stand up comedy on comedy nights at the Dubai Opera. At any given date, there are a number of performances at the Dubai Opera House that include a wide variety of genres.

What’s in store in 2o20

2020 offers you the chance of catching the Italian legend, Ludovico Einaudi, at Dubai Opera in February. Go back to the nostalgic era and remind yourself of what eternal love is like while being spellbound by Indian audio-visual extravaganza, Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical. Also, up in February is the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s heartbreaking book, The Kite Runner, a story of two childhood friends from Afghanistan. 

If not for anything else, these alone are worth a trip to Dubai for a weekend! Especially with Expo 2020 around the corner, Dubai is leaving no stone unturned to make your Dubai trip memorable

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