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Dubai Opera: Dubai’s most iconic cultural destination

Dubai Opera

Dubai’s Opera was established in 2016 and is one of the most refined and radiant arts and cultural centers. Located in downtown Dubai, the Opera was built by Emaar properties and is a multi-format performing arts center with a capacity of about 2000 people. The last point to be noted is that the Opera is located in Downtown Dubai, the most prestigious square kilometer in the world. 

Dubai’s Opera was established in 2016 and is one of the most refined and radiant arts and cultural centers. Located in downtown Dubai, the Opera was built by Emaar properties and is a multi-format performing arts center with a capacity of about 2000 people. The place’s vibe is excellent and is something one must visit when in Dubai. It is a unique blend of culture and art and presents something that does not exist anywhere else. Shaped like a sailing vessel, it hosts various performances like ballets, orchestras, conferences, concerts, and theatre. It has also hosted fashion shows in the past. 

The Dubai Opera is a place for performing arts; it unveils the rich culture of Dubai and hosts the most authentic and captivating experiences from Dubai and the world. The main intention of creating Dubai Opera was to host performances like ballet, concerts, theatres, Opera, etc. This building is designed to resemble a traditional sailing vessel to tribute to Dubai’s maritime history. Due to this reason, this is not just an attractive destination but also a cultural heart of Dubai that is committed to producing appealing performances for the people. 

Dubai Opera

Atkins created this beautiful and exotic design, and their lead architect was Janus Rostock. The Opera has an extraordinary feature that converts the entire building into three different modes. These modes are theatre, concert hall and flat floor which can be used as banquet or event hall. Art galleries, fashion shows, weddings, and exhibitions are held on this flat floor. Similar to these modes, the concert also has a series of towers and reflectors on stage and above, which moves and creates a shell shape around the orchestra. It gives a perfect room for the sound systems. 

Along with the things mentioned above, Dubai Opera also boasts world-class dining. The rooftop dining options and sky garden have a view of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. This view is just mind-blowing. The whole building is made accessible, considering the unique needs and reduced mobility, ensuring that everybody can experience the hospitality the Opera offers. 

The last point to be noted is that the Opera is located in Downtown Dubai, the most prestigious square kilometer in the world. 

Distinguished Features 

● The Opera was the brainchild of Janus Rostock.

● Dubai Opera is the biggest venue for opera shows and events in Dubai.

● The Opera is about 60,000 square meters and can accommodate around 2000 people. 

● The Opera can be transformed into a theatre, banquet hall, and flat floor depending upon the requirement of the event. 

● The soundproof design of the Opera makes it perfect for receptions, private meetings, gala events, etc. 

● It also has a Studio and Grand Circle Foyer as an indoor venue for private events.

● You can see the world’s tallest buildings, Burj Khalifa, and The Dubai Fountain from the Opera. 

● If you are feeling outdoorsy, the Promenade and the Garden of the Dubai Opera mark the perfect location with a captivating background of the city’s world-famous skyscrapers.


  • Auditorium

The Auditorium of Dubai Opera is a multiplex theatre that can change into three modes. The theatre can be transfigured into a banquet hall for various exclusive events, like graduation, weddings, fashion shows, stage shows, social and corporate events, gala dinners, cocktail receptions, etc. The auditorium will delight your heart with its glory.

  • Studio
Studio - Dubai Opera

Draping the Plaza on the Grand Circle, the Studio of the Dubai Opera is an ultra-modern minimalist area for private events. The design of the Dubai Opera is soundproof with an exceptional finish, which marks the ideal place for significant events in Dubai. It is the perfect location for a corporate dinner or product launch.

  • Promenade

Positioned ahead of the sailing vessel-shaped building of Dubai Opera, the Promenade is an outdoor semi-private arena of 2760 square meters. It offers incredible views of the celebrated Burj Khalifa, a high-rise building. The Promenade of Dubai Opera is suitable for gala dinners, outdoor concerts, and celebrations. You can also transform it into a private event space.

  • Garden

Dubai Opera Garden is another attractive space in the Dubai Opera with a view of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains. The garden area has astounding views of the city skyscrapers and can host 700 guests in a cocktail reception, gala dinners, private events, outdoor concerts, and various other events.

  • Grand Circle Foyer

The Grand Circle Foyer is a private foyer and lounge setting that furnishes a scenic view of The Dubai Fountain with the spectacle of the celebrated chandelier Symphony. This background is illuminated with 3000 LED sources and glitters with a myriad of hand-lighted crystal components, which showcases the magnificent setting for private events.

How To Reach

Dubai Opera is positioned 17.7 km away from the Dubai Airport. Take a metro and get down at Burj Khalifa station on the red line. You can then take a walk towards the Dubai Opera from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard; it takes about 25 minutes. You can also take a bus to Dubai Mall Metro Station, which is very close. If walking or taking a bus isn’t the option you want to consider, you can book a taxi or cab from the Airport Cab Service. 

Best Time To Visit

If you’re a first-time visitor, come here after sunset to get a fantastic view of the Dubai Opera. The design of the Opera looks like a sailing vessel. Note that the place will be open two hours before the scheduled show time. The main auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the beginning of the performance.

Crucial Details

Nearby Places - Dubai Opera

Here are some of the best places to visit near Dubai Opera:

● Burj Khalifa

● The Dubai Fountain

● At.Mosphere 

● Burj Park

● Buhayra Lounge

● The Dubai Mall

● Souk Al Bahar 

● Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 

● Level Shoes District 

● Kinokuniya Book Store 

● Dubai Ice Rink 

● KidZania Dubai 

Things to Do in & near Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera Exclusive Backstage Tour – You can explore the backstage life of Dubai Opera and discover the unseen world of theatres. This tour happens at 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm, and 3.30 pm. Please note that this tour involves walking, standing, and climbing up & downstairs and goes on for about 75 minutes.

Dining – Many restaurants and food are available near Dubai Opera. You can find vegetarian and non-vegetarian food on the menu and enjoy your favorite meal as per your choice. From Arabic to European, Indian to Italian, you can easily find the best cuisines per your tastebuds.

Shopping at Dubai Opera

Shopping – The Dubai Mall is very close to the Dubai Opera, where you can find almost anything you want. Other tempting shops nearby can offer everything under the Sun. There are also small restaurants close by to uplift your energy. You can spend hours shopping and get the best out of it.

Burj Khalifa - Sight near Opera

Sightseeing – There are many tourist attractions accessible near the Dubai Opera, like the famous Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, etc., and each has its importance and peculiarity. One must visit these places and get to know Dubai’s cultural hub. 

Spa and Massage – If you’d like a spa or massage treatment, some top-notch spa points are available near Dubai Opera, which operates separately for men and women. It comprises all imperative spa services like jet baths, manicures, paraffin treatments, waxing, herbal body masks, etc.

Dining in and near Dubai Opera

Dining in and near Dubai Opera

● The Loft at Dubai Opera 

● Armani/Amal 

● At.mosphere Burj Khalifa 

● Armani/Ristorante 

● Armani/Prive

● Armani Hashi

● Asado at Palace Downtown

● La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie

● Thiptara at The Palace Downtown Dubai 

Tips for Visiting Dubai Opera

● When you visit Dubai Opera, bring valid ID proof and ticket confirmation details.

● Do bring the best camera you have to capture all the moments. Do note that commercial photography is not allowed. 

● Come in a formal suit (tuxedo) or semi-casual dress. 

● Keep your luggage at the hotel or cloakroom. 

● Anyone below 16 years of age must go with an adult. 


Dubai Opera

This 2000-seater performing arts center is a must-visit when you go to Dubai. If you are a first-timer, visit the Dubai Opera in the evening to appreciate the lights around it. We hope you have an excellent time at the Opera and form many memories of the Opera and the mesmerizing place in the Opera district.

Happy Stay!  

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