Dubai Opera, which is all set to open in August 2016, is showing good progress with concrete and steel structure works completed, Emaar Properties revealed.
The developer said that currently vertical transportation, stage engineering, interior fitout, joinery, façade, roofing, and metal, apart from other installations like water features, auditorium seating, kitchen equipment, MEP and finishing are all in progress.
Later in March next year, Dubai Opera will begin hosting world-class performances. Located in proximity to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and Dubai Fountain, the Opera will have an iconic appearance as the world-famous Sydney Opera House.
The Chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar mentioned that Dubai Opera is our tribute to the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai to establish Dubai as the seat of arts, culture, performing arts and world-class events.
Being an architectural masterpiece, Dubai Opera draws design inspiration from UAE heritage, with focus being on bringing exclusive, accomplished performing arts and places it on the league of world’s finest, said Mohamed Alabbar.
While Atkins is the Architect of the project, Consolidated Contractors Company is the main contractor of the project. As for Dubai Opera, the architecture of Dubai Opera has drawn inspiration from Arabian dhow. The 2000 seat, multi-format performing arts venue will have the ability to transform into three modes – from theatre to a concert hall and into a ‘flat floor’ form, becoming a banquet of event hall.
In theatre mode, there will be sufficient space for opera, ballet, musicals and dance performances, apart from large-scale drama productions, lectures and conferences. The hall can seat about 1940 to 2000 people depending on the configuration, the company said.
It is transformed into a concert hall by a series of towers on stage to form an acoustic shell, surrounding orchestra, reflectors, overhead which improve acoustics and reflect sound.
In the flat floor mode, the room caters to a large number of events including weddings, banquet style seating, with ability to accommodate about 1000 guests. It can be configured for exhibitions, trade shows, parties etc., the developer said.