Neigh­bourly night at the opera

De­vel­oper gives away opera tick­ets

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Sar­wat Nasir @Sar­watNasir sar­

Res­i­dents who live near the newly-opened Dubai Opera will be re­ceiv­ing free tick­ets to one of the mu­si­cal shows for “be­ing patient with the con­struc­tion”.

The opera house took sev­eral years to build at its lo­ca­tion in the Down­town area close to the Dubai Mall and had its grand open­ing on Wed­nes­day evening.

The de­vel­oper, Emaar, sent out a no­tice to tenants at the Stand­point res­i­dency that they will be re­ceiv­ing com­pli­men­tary tick­ets for be­ing patient.

The let­ter said: “As a ges­ture of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for your pa­tience through­out the con­struc­tion of this pres­ti­gious project, we are de­lighted to of­fer you a pair of com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to Opera with­out Words – an evening fea­tur­ing the great­est over­tures and in­ter­ludes of Ital­ian opera, per­formed by Fon­dazione Teatro Lirico Gluseppe Verdi di Tri­este.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Dubai Opera web­site, prices for this spe­cific show range from Dhs300 to Dhs5,000. One Filipino res­i­dent at Stand­point, Danelle Ruth, said: “It wasn’t re­ally that noisy, prob­a­bly only dur­ing the day but most of the tenants, I as­sume, would be out.

“I had no prob­lem with the noise. It was more of the pres­ence of the work­ers in the vicin­ity even dur­ing night­time, so I was in­con­ve­nienced quite a few times when I tried to ride my bike or jog in the past year.

“The ges­ture was very thought­ful and such an un­ex­pected surprise.”

Another res­i­dent, Jake, wrote on Face­book: “Start of the week­end! Very nice of Dubai Opera to give all Stand­point res­i­dents two free tick­ets to Wed­nes­day night’s show!”

No one at Emaar was avail­able for com­ment.

‘It wasn’t noisy but it in­con­ve­nienced me quite a few times when I tried to ride my bike or jog in the last year.’ – Danelle Ruth

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