Dubai: Construction of the new 2,000 seat Dubai Opera is in its final stages as managers prepare for the official opening of the new performing-arts facility later this year.
Located near the Burj Khalifa in The Opera District development in Downtown Dubai, the new multi-format venue is rising quickly as a swarm of construction firms and workers erect the dhow-inspired structure.
Under construction by master developer Emaar, when Dubai Opera opens its doors, it is expected to serve as the culture epicentre of all things arts, film and music.
“Inspired by the maritime traditions of Dubai and 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,” said an Emaar statement to Gulf News on Wednesday. “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.”
Emaar said its Dubai Opera is designed to have three basic formats to support theatre, concert performances and a flat floor mode for events and exhibitions.
The formats, said the master developer, offer the flexibility to accommodate opera, theatre, concerts, children’s shows, comedy, Arab and world music, popular entertainment, events and exhibitions.
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