Dubai Opera

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Dubai Opera
Former names Dubai Opera House
General information
Type Multi-format venue
Classification Arts complex
Location The Opera District, Downtown Dubai
Country UAE
Construction started March 2013
Completed 2016
Technical details
Size 60,000 square metre
Design and construction
Architecture firm WS Atkins
Developer Emaar Properties
Services engineer ThyssenKrupp (Stage engineering and systems)
BK Gulf (MEP contractor)
Other designers Mirage Leisure and Development (Principle design consultant)
Theatre Projects (Theatre and acoustic design consultant)
MLC International (Cost consultant)
Main contractor Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)
Other information
Seating capacity 2,000

Dubai Opera is a 2,000 seat, multi-format, performing arts centre, which is located within The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. It is being developed by Emaar Properties to host a variety of performances and events including theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, conferences and exhibitions. Its plans were announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in March 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.[1]


Dubai Opera is part of The Opera District within Downtown Dubai. The 2,000-seat performing arts centre can be converted into a traditional theatre, concert hall, banquet hall or exhibition space. Using hydraulic technology to relocate 900 of the 2,000 seats, the space can be used for other events while the extra seating is stored in garages beneath the theatre.[2]

Dubai Opera is designed to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel, in which the 'bow' of the structure will house the opera's main stage, orchestra and seating, while the elongated 'hull' will have waiting areas, taxi drop-off areas, and parking.[3][4]

In January 2015, Emaar named Jasper Hope as the CEO of Dubai Opera. Hope was the COO of London's Royal Albert Hall.[5] Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is the main contractor for the development, having worked with Emaar in building The Dubai Mall.[6]

An earlier proposal to build a 2,500-seat opera house on an island in the Dubai Creek designed by architect Zaha Hadid were announced in 2008 and shelved during the property crash in Dubai.[7] The Emaar development is now underway and set to be completed in 2016.[8]

Other structures[edit]

The Opera District was launched by Emaar Properties in Downtown Dubai in 2013. Aside from Dubai Opera, the district, which faces Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, includes art galleries, museums, design studios, and other cultural venues. The area includes several hotels, a retail plaza, recreational spaces and residential towers.[9][10]

Dubai has more than 50 art galleries and hosts cultural events such as Design Days Dubai, Art Dubai, and the SIKKA Art Fair.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dubai Opera House builder eyes 2016 completion date". Elan Magazine. June 11, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lucy Barnard (October 10, 2013). "Emaar's opera house project in Dubai will be a multi-purpose facility". The National. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Aarti Nagraj (March 18, 2014). "Emaar Reveals Details About 2,000-Seat Opera House In Dubai". Gulf Business. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dubai to get 2,000-seat opera house in The Opera District". Khaleej Times. March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Emaar names Jasper Hope CEO of Dubai Opera". Emirates 24/7. February 11, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ James Henderson (June 10, 2014). "Dubai Opera House to be finished in two years". Construction Week Online. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lucy Barnard (October 10, 2013). "Emaar's opera house project in Dubai will be a multi-purpose facility". The National. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dubai Opera House builder eyes 2016 completion date". Arabian Business. June 11, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Trenwith, Courtney (5 May 2014). "Dubai's Emaar launches first residences in The Opera District". Arabian Business. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Emaar unveils BLVD Heights in Downtown Dubai". Khaleej Times. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Emaar announces opera house project for Dubai". Construction Week Online. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2015.