Emaar’s opera house project in Dubai

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By Lucy Barnard  www.thenational.ae

A multibillion-dirham opera house in Downtown Dubai will be built using technology that allows the 2,000-seat theatre to be converted into a banqueting hall or exhibition space, the designers say.

The facility will be built in a way that 900 of the 2,000 seats can be removed with the use of hydraulic technology and stored in vast garages beneath the theatre until they are needed, according to the designers of Emaar’s 60,000 square metre theatre and opera house that is shaped like a traditional sailing vessel.

At the Cityscape Global exhibition in Dubai, the three firms involved in designing the opera house demonstrated how the interior could be reconfigured from a concert hall seating thousands, to a traditional theatre, a venue for weddings or exhibitions. More info