Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District
Entertainment & The Arts
Over the past decade, Dubai has become the region’s centre of the arts. Work is now under way in downtown Dubai to build a complete district dedicated to the arts. Known as the Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District, this 200-hectare cultural hub will house a modern art museum, galleries, design studios, and art hotels. Scheduled to open in 2015, its centerpiece — a dhow-shaped theatre and opera house — will seat up to 2,000 people.
Mark your calendars – a 200-hectare arts district opens in 2015.
Over the past decade, Dubai has become the region’s centre of the arts, from the thriving historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai to the cutting-edge Al Quoz, a former industrial area turned modern art destination with a multitude of galleries. In late March 2014, the eighth annual Art Dubai brought further prestige as the largest and most influential international art fair in the region. But there’s more on the horizon.
Work is now under way in Downtown Dubai to build a complete district dedicated to the arts. Known as the Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District, this 200-hectare cultural hub will house an opera house, modern art museum, and art galleries.
“It will be Dubai’s definitive entertainment destination that stimulates creativity, supports the arts sector and offers visitors many choices in hospitality and leisure,” explains Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, the developer behind the project as well as many of Dubai’s icons, such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The goal is to support and advance the city’s cultural and artistic milieu with an entire infrastructure where arts and culture can thrive.
Along with the public spaces, two new art hotels are planned, as well as several sustainably built residential apartments and design studios, plus an array of leisure opportunities. Key facets of the district’s plans aim to create a human scale across the epic acreage: plazas, shaded colonnades, sikkas (alleyways), courtyards, waterfront promenades and parks complement the main commercial thoroughfares.
But the heart of the complex will be the opera house.
Scheduled to open in 2015, the 60,000-square-metre theatre and opera house will be another of Dubai’s architectural wonders, designed in the shape of a dhow, the traditional wooden sailing vessel of the Arabian Gulf.
Whatever culture you consume, you’ll find it here, from films to sporting events, art exhibitions to concerts, theatre to opera — all with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, making Dubai an even more essential stop on the international arts circuit. And with 2,000 seats, there’ll be a place for you, too. And spend a superb evening in the complex’s sky garden and rooftop restaurant.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing