Dubai Opera cultural hub by Atkins seeks to rival Sydney Opera House

by Jason Holland | 30 Mar 2015

Everything appears to be shipshape for a new nautical-themed multi-format cultural venue in Dubai that is set to be completed in 2016.

The 2,000-seat Dubai Opera will host theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, opera, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes, according to developer Emaar, and will form the centrepiece of the emirate’s new downtown opera district. The complex can be configured in three different modes to accommodate the type of event being hosted.

Designer Atkins said the cultural facility is inspired by Dubai’s maritime history – specifically arabian sailing vessels. The ‘bow’ of the structure will contain Dubai Opera’s main stage, orchestra and seating areas, as well as a sky garden and rooftop restaurant. The elongated ‘hull’ area will feature the waiting areas for spectators, a taxi-drop off area, and parking amenities.

With the maritime design, Emaar said Dubai Opera was envisaged to be as iconic in appearance as the Sydney Opera House.

Facing Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the wider opera district will eventually feature luxury hotels and residential areas, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks.

“The state-of-the-art opera house and the varied lifestyle components of the opera district will energise Dubai’s events and tourism sectors,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.

“With the city establishing its global reputation as an arts hub, the new development will also strengthen the Dubai Art Season, which brings together the city’s vibrant arts initiatives.”

Everything appears to be shipshape for a new nautical-themed multi-format cultural venue in Dubai that is set to be completed in 2016. The 2,000-seat Dubai Opera will host theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, opera, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes, according to developer Emaar, and will form the centrepiece of the emirate’s new downtown opera district. The complex can be configured in three different modes to accommodate the type of
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