Dubai Opera, the country’s first opera house and multi-format theatre

At the heart of The Opera District is Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat, multi-format performing arts venue which is set to captivate visitors when it opens in 2016. The design of Dubai Opera is deeply rooted in Dubai’s maritime history, with the Arabian dhow becoming the inspiration behind the architecture of the building.

Dubai Opera will be unique in that it will have the ability to transform into three modes; from a theatre to a concert hall and into a ‘flat floor’ form, becoming a banquet of event hall.


The venue’s flexibility will be seamless and the design, quality of materials and finishes will all be of a very high standard, ensuring that there is no compromise between any of the three modes.

In theatre mode the space will be suitable for opera, musicals, ballet and dance performances, large scale drama productions, lectures and conferences. It will seat between 1,940 and 2,040 depending on the configuration.


Transformed into a concert hall by a series of towers on stage to create an acoustic shell that surrounds the orchestra, reflectors overhead will enhance the acoustics and reflect sound. The concert platform can vary in size to suit the ensemble.

In ‘flat floor’ mode, the room will cater for a number of events including weddings, with banquet style seating able to accommodate up to 1,000 guests. It will also offer the flexibility to be configured for trade shows, exhibitions, receptions and parties where furniture can be supplied or removed accordingly.

Quarter 2 status: The project is showing good progress. The concrete and steel structure works are completed. Ongoing works are vertical transportation, interior fit out, stage engineering, joinery, façade, roofing and metal. There are also other installations such as water features, kitchen equipment, auditorium seating, fit out, MEP and finishing.


• Multi-format venue for opera, ballet, theatre, concerts and more

• Up to 2,000 seats

• Three floor configurations

• The centrepiece of The Opera District

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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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