Located in Down Town Dubai Opera Shows hosts a range of events like concerts, musicals. Ballet performances, operas, conferences and many more. Located amidst Dubai’s most famous attractions including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Mall, and the residential towers, the Dubai Opera is the first Emirati Opera House. The maritime culture of Dubai is the inspiration behind its design. Resembling a traditional Arabian Boat, Dhow, the splendid architecture of the Opera will definitely capture your attention. World-class performers from all over the globe bring their performances to the Dubai Opera every month.
Dubai Opera Construction
Emaar Properties constructed the Dubai Opera House. It took a time span of almost three years. The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the plans to construct the first Emirati Opera in May 2012. The Dubai Opera presented its first performance by Placido Domingo, the King of Opera on 31st August. 2016. The world-renowned architect, Janus Rostock designed the unique architecture of the Dubai Opera. The traditional Arabian dhow boats used by the pearl divers in the UAE deeply inspired his design. The centerpiece of the Opera is a stunning cascading chandelier. Czech based company LASVIT built the three-story high masterpiece titled ‘Symphony’ by using individually-built glass pearls. It is the first thing that you will witness when you enter the Dubai Opera. A splendid sight..indeed!
About Dubai Opera House
The Dubai Opera House is designed in a way that optimizes sound. The place transforms itself from a concert hall to a banquet hall to a theater. This also helps to enhance the acoustics and for a surround sound experience in the arena.
For concerts, a series of towers and reflectors on stage and overhead create an acoustic shell around the orchestra, which enables an immaculate acoustic environment for impeccable sound quality. The building’s unique architecture allows to also host a variety of events such as weddings, trade shows, art galleries and exhibitions, receptions and parties, using its “flat floor” mode. In flat floor mode, the hydraulic lifts transfer 900 seats to a storage area beneath the theater.
The Dubai Opera is famous for its comprehensive line-up of noteworthy performances. From music concerts to fashion shows, the Opera features dazzling performances that equate to London’s West End and USA’s Broadway! Known for being luxurious, depending on the type of performances, the Dubai Opera hosts live shows for every budget. The Dubai Opera is also home to a sky garden and a rooftop restaurant that provides breathtaking views of Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Opera Backstage Tour
The Dubai Opera Backstage Tour lets you explore the facilities offered at the Dubai Opera. It also allows you to admire the beautiful paintings and sculptures created exclusively for the Dubai Opera. You can get to know about the interesting history behind the unique design of the Dubai Opera House and learn the secrets that lie behind its architecture. Moreover, you can access the multi-format auditorium and decipher the intriguing mechanism behind the transformation of the stage. You can also visit the exclusive VIP hospitality suite, The Majlis. The Backstage tour is conducted in English or Arabic. The tour can be conducted in other languages also with advance request.
Timings of Tour
9 slots for this tour are conducted daily, starting from 9:30 AM. The tour timings are – 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM,4:30 PM and 5:30 PM
Tickets can be purchased online or from the Box Office, either in advance or on the day of the tour (subject to availability). It is best advisable to buy your Dubai Opera Tour tickets online for an assured reservation.
Dubai Opera Shows in December 2019
The Nutcracker (4th-7th Dec)
The splendor of the Russian Ballet set to the tunes of Tchaikovsky’s splendid score blends to create a living art form that cannot be forgotten easily. The Nutcracker live is brought to the stage by the St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theater with magnificent dancing, exquisite sets and Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed by a live orchestra.
One of the most famous ballets of all time, it is adapted from ETA Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the mouse king”. The first performance of the ballet was held in Imperial Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 1892. Book your tickets to The Nutcracker here!
Handel’s Messiah (8th Dec)
One of the world’s most loved musical works, Handel’s Messiah 2019 is a musical masterpiece and George Handel’s biggest achievement. It was first performed in Dublin in 1742.
With a history spanning two centuries, Handel’s celebrated oratorio – with it’s splendid “Hallelujah!” chorus – will be brought to the audience by Andrei Danilov along with a combined team of 200 local and international voices and musicians.
The glorious and special performance is set to deliver a touching impact and an inspiring message in the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
Book your tickets to Handel’s Messiah here!
Music in the Studio: Mary Bevan and Amira Fouad (11th Dec)
Music in the Studio continues to create amazing and extraordinary musical experiences with a splendid line up of internationally recognized artists until December.
Mary Bevan 2019, a Royal Opera star soprano will be bringing her stunning performance to Dubai to celebrate the Festive Season. She will be joined on the piano by Amira Fouad, the curator for the Music in the Studio and together they will be playing some of the Festive favorites.
Book your tickets to Mary Bevan here!
The South (11th Dec)
Celebrating the Beautiful South Legacy and amazing songs of their own, The South will be performing for a single night at the Dubai Opera on the 11th December. The South 2019 will have you dancing before the night’s over!
Experience a night full of excitement, nostalgia, and fun while the band plays songs from The Beautiful South including A Little Time, Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Here, Old Red Eyes along with songs from The South.
The South are:
Alison Wheeler (Vocals) Gaz Birtles (Vocals) Phil Barton (Guitars) Steve Nutter (Bass) Dave Anderson (Drums) Karl Brown (Percussion) Gareth John (Trumpet) Su Robinson (Sax)
Book your tickets to The South here!
Jingle Bell Favourites (12th-14th Dec)
A family concert of adored Christmas Classics and beautiful carols performed by London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices and West End soloists. A whole show dedicated to the magic of Christmas time at the Jingle Bell Favorites Dubai Opera!
With morning, matinee and evening performances, expect amazing live entertainment, mouth-watering festive treats from the Opera Café, dancing in the aisles and crooning along to all your festive favorites including Jingle Bell Rock, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Silent Night. Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow and many more festive songs. It is going to a magical experience!
Book your tickets to Jingle Bell Favorites here!
Omar Kamal (15th Dec)
Omar Kamal, a twenty-four-year-old Palestinian singer/composer is a heartthrob who has a voice that goes beyond time and borders. His multi-cultural influences have given him an exquisite taste in music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Micheal Jackson to Arabic legends like Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fairouz and even some of the modern musicians like The Weeknd. Omar Kamal 2019 brings together incredible repertoires and touching hits for a magical evening.
Book your tickets to Omar Kamal here!
Anoushka Shankar (20th Dec)
Anoushka Shankar is a singular genre-defying figure within the classical and contemporary, acoustic and electronic scene. She has won honors for her lively and spiritual musicality including six Grammy Award nominations, recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credited as an Asian Hero by TIME Magazine, an Eastern Eye Award for Music and a Song lines Best Artist Award. Anoushka has performed at various noteworthy venues such as Carnegie Hall, Barbican Center, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Watch Anoushka Shankar Live in Dubai Opera!
Book your tickets to Anoushka Shankar here!
Dubai Opera House Dress Code
While there is no compulsory dress code at the Dubai Opera House, you are recommended to be formally dressed similar to visiting a ballroom event. Men are advised to wear a black tie and suit with closed shoes and women can wear gowns or formal dresses with sandals or heels.
Dubai Opera Opening Hours
The Dubai Opera House remains open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
The Box Office remains open from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
You should Get down at the stop in front of the Dubai Mall metro station. Then, take the walkway to the Dubai Opera House from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
You should Get down at the Burj Khalifa station on the red line. Then, take the walkway to the Dubai Opera House from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
From Abu Dhabi: Continue on Sheikh Zayed Road E11. Take Exit 50 toward Burj Khalifa/ Financial Center Road (lower level). Follow the road and take the first exit on the right on to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Go straight and follow the Dubai Opera signage. You will pass the Dubai Opera House on the opposite side of the road. Continue to the traffic lights for the second U-turn available at the junction near Vida Downtown Hotel. Take the U-turn and you will be on the opposite side of the Boulevard. Continue straight for P2/P3 underground parking and follow signage to the Dubai Opera once inside the parking.
From Dubai Creek and Sharjah: Take Oud Metha Rd-E66. Take the exit to Al Asayel Road right before Al-Wasl Sports Club. Follow the road, and then take the exit on the right at School Street towards Dubai Fountain Street. Continue on Dubai Fountain Street past the roundabout via the second exit. Turn left to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Follow the road, and then turn right near Reem Al-Bawadi Restaurant. Continue straight, and the Dubai Opera is located to your left.
A paid valet parking facility is available 24 hours.