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.
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.
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.
Dubai Opera construction Timelapse video: