After welcoming a million visitors, Dubai Opera to celebrate sixth anniversary

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Dubai Opera, the definitive destination for performing arts in Dubai, bringing arts and music to life like never before, will celebrate its sixth anniversary on August 31, 2022, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Designed to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel, Dubai Opera has so far welcomed one million visitors since it was opened on August 31, 2016, who enjoyed 1200 concerts and theatrical shows like ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Le Miserable’, ‘Phantom of The Opera’ , and ‘Mamma Mia’ and watched the world’s most famous opera singers including Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Anna Netrebko, who rocked the Dubai Opera stage in live concerts.

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Located at in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera passionately embraces its role as the creative heart of the city, producing and hosting the most beautiful, most authentic, and engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and the world.

The famous chandelier Symphony at the Dubai Opera lit by 3,000 LED sources and sparkles with thousands of hand-blown crystal components. (WAM)
The famous chandelier Symphony at the Dubai Opera lit by 3,000 LED sources and sparkles with thousands of hand-blown crystal components. (WAM)



The 2,000-seat, multi-format, performing arts centre was developed by Emaar Properties to host a variety of performances and events including theater, opera, ballet, concerts, conferences, and exhibitions.

It opened on August 31, 2016, with a performance by Plácido Domingo. The first season featured Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ opera and also the legendary tenor José Carreras.

A concert in full flow at the Dubai Opera. (WAM)
A concert in full flow at the Dubai Opera. (WAM)



The first Emirati singer to appear at Dubai Opera was Hussain Al Jassmi on October 10, 2016. Shortly after that, the award-winning hit musical ‘Les Misérables’ graced the stage for a three-week run.

Dubai Opera’s longest running show was the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in late 2019.

In just few years of operating, Dubai Opera has won a number of awards including ‘Best Theatrical Performance’ at the Timeout Dubai Nightlife Awards 2017 for ‘Les Misérables,’ ‘Favorite Show’ at the 2017 What’s On Awards Dubai for ‘Les Misérables,’ and ‘Best Theatrical Performance’ at the Timeout Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards 2019 for ‘Othello.’

An opera being performed at the Dubai Opera.  (WAM)
An opera being performed at the Dubai Opera. (WAM)



Recognition was also given at the Timeout Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards 2019 to Dubai Opera’s Chief Executive Jasper Hope, where he was presented with the highly prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award.

The Dubai Opera has the ability to transform its proscenium arch theater into a unique banquet configuration flat floor space when the space is repurposed as an event hire proposition, it becomes a 1800 sq.m. flat floor space which can hold up to 1,000 people for weddings, gala dinners, fashion shows, product launches, exhibitions, and more.

The Dhow shape building houses the Auditorium, a multi-form theater that can transform into three modes. From a theater, it can be converted into a concert hall or a banquet hall for very selective and exclusive events. The Studio on the Grand Circle overlooking the Plaza is a state-of-the-art functional space ideal for intimate events, be it a product launch or a corporate dinner. Intended for dance practice and rehearsals, the acoustically soundproof design and the finest quality finish provide you with the best venue for your next Dubai )pera event. The Promenade, an outdoor semi-private venue of 2,760 sq. meter located in front of the Dhow shape building of Dubai Opera, has full view of the iconic building Burj Khalifa.

A great location for outdoor concerts, gala dinners, and celebrations which can be transformed to private venue for exclusive events; The Garden, an outdoor venue with breathtaking view that can host different events from cocktail receptions to gala dinners, weddings, and private events, and outdoor concerts in a space up to 700 guests standing and The Grand Circle Foyer, an indoor foyer and lounge offer a spectacular view of The Dubai Fountain with the background of the famous chandelier Symphony lit by 3,000 LED sources and sparkles with thousands of hand-blown crystal components, the perfect venue for private events.

Upcoming shows and events in September feature a ballet of ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ an opera of La Traviata and a pop concert for Ghostly Kisses.

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