Dubai to build opera house and modern art museum


Jeff Florian, Senior Reporter

The ruler of Dubai has announced that a new opera house and modern art museum will be built in the emirate near the world’s tallest building as part of an effort to boost Dubai’s standing as a cultural hub.

The new district will also host two new 'art hotels' and several new galleries.
The new district will also host two new 'art hotels' and several new galleries.

The new ‘Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District’, which will be located on Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, is being billed as the UAE‘s newest arts and cultural nerve-centre, according to a statement issued by state news agency WAM.

In addition to being home to Dubai’s first dedicated opera house, a modern art museum and several new galleries, the new district will host two new ‘art hotels,’ an array of leisure components and several residential apartments and design studios.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said the new district will further strengthen the UAE‘s emerging role as the cultural hub of the region.

“The cultural accomplishments of a nation define its character and individuality,” he said. “Having demonstrated our credentials in hosting world-class cultural events, UAE has established itself as a thriving destination for culture and the arts. We will continue to strengthen the infrastructure framework for promoting cultural initiatives, through projects such as the ‘Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District.’ This will not only encourage our talented local artists but also facilitate global cultural exchange.”

The design of the new district, which is still being finalised, will include a mix of components that focus on the cultural and creative side of Dubai, the statement said. These will include plazas, high streets, shaded colonnades, courtyards, sikkas, alleyways, waterfront promenades and parks in close proximity.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “[The new district] will be Dubai’s definitive entertainment destination that stimulates creativity, supports the arts sector, and also offers visitors their choice of hospitality and leisure. The focus of ‘Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District’ is to stimulate the city’s cultural and artistic milieu through an Opera House, modern art museum, galleries and design studios – in short, the entire infrastructure for arts and culture to thrive.” More info