All you need to know about Dubai Opera

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The theme park isn’t the only new at­trac­tion open­ing in Dubai this week – the cur­tains are up for the city’s new cul­tural land­mark set to host ac­claimed in­ter­na­tional stage pro­duc­tions and con­certs. Dubai Opera, which sits at the heart of Down­town, has also raised the bar for de­sign and in­no­va­tion. Here are some fun facts…

IT’S DHOW THEMED

In­spired by the UAE’s rich mar­itime her­itage, Janus Ro­s­tock from Atkins group de­signed the Dubai Opera in hon­our of the tra­di­tional wooden Arab dhow. The main stage, or­ches­tra and seat­ing ar­eas are lo­cated at the “bow”. While the wait­ing ar­eas, taxidrop off area, and park­ing are at the “hull”.

PLENTY OF SEATS

The struc­ture is 5,789sq me­tres. It can ac­com­mo­date up to 2,000 peo­ple. The stalls

seat­ing ca­pac­ity is 915 for con­certs and 889 for the­atre shows. The 31 pre­mium boxes can seat 184 peo­ple, royal cir­cle 457 and grand cir­cle 529.

VER­SA­TILE FA­CIL­ITY

The multi-for­mat venue can trans­form from the­atre to con­cert hall to ‘flat floor’ mode for banquets. This ver­sa­til­ity al­lows it to host con­certs, art ex­hi­bi­tions, films and even sporting events.

LIGHT SHOW

There will be 600 light­ing fix­tures in­clud­ing the chan­de­lier, which weighs 5,000kg and con­tains 2,900 LEDs.

DRESS UP

There’s plenty of space for all vis­it­ing world-class per­form­ers with 21 dress­ing rooms that can ac­com­mo­date up to 10 peo­ple each.

DOWN­TOWN LO­CA­TION

The opera house over­looks the Burj Khal­ifa and

Dubai Foun­tain. The trans­par­ent all-glass foyer opens to the wa­ter­front of Burj Lake.

IT SOUNDS GREAT

The state-of-the-art acous­tics are a prac­tice in sci­ence and art. In its con­cert hall for­mat, a se­ries of tow­ers and re­flec­tors on stage and over­head acts as an acous­tic shell around the or­ches­tra for su­perb sound qual­ity.

WHAT A LINE-UP

The open­ing sea­son’s star-stud­ded line-up in­cludes Span­ish tenor Jose Car­reras, Ge­orges Bizet’s The Pearl Fish­ers, si­tar player Anoushka Shankar, the Les Mis­er­ables pro­duc­tion and more.

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