Dubai Opera is a new platform for arts, says Sheikh Mohammed

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President, Prime Minister and the Ruler of Dubai paid a visit to the Dubai Opera with His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the opening on August 31st. Other high officials present were Mohammed Ali Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties and Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department.

He toured the new opera house, which is in the shape of the dhow, depicting Dubai’s maritime culture and seafaring heritage.

An innovative becon

Sheikh Mohammed said the cultural progress witnessed in the UAE has contributed in positioning the country as a beacon for innovation and intellectual excellence.

He noted, “I am pleased with the fast-paced development of the cultural scene in the UAE. Culture is one of the life’s main pillars, a cornerstone for building communities, a mirror for their progress and a driving force for creativity and excellence.”

A new art platform

Sheikh Mohammed described the Dubai opera as an important icon that adds to the cultural achievements of the UAE and the region.

“The Dubai Opera has great value as a new platform for arts, a useful cultural bridge and an intellectual window for the infusion of the world’s creative skills,” he said.

Dubai Opera’s massive building includes a 2,000 seat theatre with flexible three positions, based on the type and size of the show, whether opera, ballet or musical concerts.

The building also houses different facilities, including a roof-top restaurant and garden, overlooking two of Dubai’s key landmarks; the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.

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