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Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Entry Fee : AED 100 - AED 1000

Dubai Opera, Dubai Overview

Located in Downtown Dubai, this 2016 established Opera is one of the finest and radiant cultural and arts centre. Built by the famous Emaar properties, Dubai Opera is a multi-format performing arts centre with the capacity of holding approximately 2000 persons. It engages the audience and bring an exciting vibe and life to the place. Dubai opera is a unique blend of art and culture and presents something you’ve never had seen before. The opera is shaped like a dhow or a sailing vessel and hosts several performances like theatre, ballets, concerts, orchestras, conferences and even fashion shows.

The Unique Structure

Opera Theatre Dubai

Lying across the well-known Dubai fountain and near the Dubai mall, this opera stands tall resembling a dhow. Dubai is known for its towers, buildings and the beautiful maritime trade and creek. The traditional boats, ships, yachts and transporting vessels are synonymous to Dubai’s economy. The opera shaped like a ship is a tribute to Dubai’s history and represents the contemporary and age-old designs and culture. This structure took three years to be completed and made functional. The opera looks like a dhow but works like a spaceship and lights up the entire place and makes it look breathtaking. Made of glass and transparent sheets, the opera consists of approximately 2900 led lights and 21 dressing rooms. It is designed in a way that provides luxury experiences to the visitors. The roof-top restaurants, cafes, bars, sky gardens and views of the Dubai fountain and the great Burj Khalifa from the terrace are incredible. The performance and rehearsal space are designed intricately, and the overhead reflectors, towers and acoustic shells enhance the audio-visual and light quality.

What to do when in the place of entertainment

Orchestra at the Opera

Captivating visitors and attracting foodies with its evergreen charm and beauty, the opera is a vibrant arts centre. The architecture and development combined provides an insider’s look to the masses and enables them to soak in this cultural beauty. It is an iconic place with a variety of fields to dwell into. It gives you a world class experience and present the finest pieces of art and cultural beauty. When in Dubai, a visit to the opera would never go in vain, especially when you want to try some amazing food. This place serves the most delectable iftaars in the town and if you happen to visit the opera during Ramadan or Eid, you might get luckier with the variety and quality of food served. The ambience of this place brims with heritage and cultural aspects all around the year and the views that this place offers are the best. Often compared with the Sydney Opera, it is city’s most important and valuable investment. You can take an hour-long Opera Tour in English or Arabic to get a better view and understanding of the place.

When in the Opera district, you can make the most of the alchemy of music, soulful singing, expressive dramas and poetry. Dubai opera presents traditional, hard-core ballet, classical, rock, pop, jazz, comedy, family-based, and musical theatre performances. You get to experience, witness and hear the best of all. Best bands, singers, orchestra players and fusion of rhythm, imagination, emotions and expressions is all set to take the audience on an action-packed journey. The opera also holds laughter and stand-up comedy shows and shows and events based on children and family too.

Wining and Dining under the starry skies

Opera at a glance

A scrumptious meal and a good company is what we all desire for at the end of the day. Dubai Opera gives endless dining options to its visitors and tourists alike. With its picturesque main performance hall and lobby, it is famous for its waterfront and rooftop bars and dining choices. One can enjoy a good meal while glaring at the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai fountain on a fine evening. Seafood, oysters, freshest of fishes, sushi, salami, risotto, curries, teas, pizzas and pastas; name it and you will find everything to eat under one roof. Cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Japanese, Thai and Parisian can be cherished at the opera house.

Purchasing the Tickets

Tickets to the Dubai Opera can be purchased online from

Tickets can be purchased from the box office at the Opera plaza on all days too. Cost of a ticket to the show may vary from AED 100 to AED 1000.

Opera remains opened from 10 am to 9 pm daily and from 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM during Ramadan.

Having a printed copy of the ticket is mandatory to get an entry and the audience is advised to dressed appropriately and in formals.

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Events, Ticket Prices & Tour Packages

Dubai Opera House is home to many events from music, theatre, comedy to music. With it being the top venue for some of the Emirate's biggest performances, one can find the latest list of events taking place at the Opera House here.

Booking tickets: Tickets can be booked online or on spot. But for shows that are popular, it is advisable to book the tickets well in advance. You can book tickets from their official website. 
Tickets for various shows are in the range of AED 100 to AED 1000

Tour Packages to Explore the Opera House

1. Dubai Opera Tour: 
Learn about the Opea Houses's heritage, the story about the architecture and form of the building, the artwork, the VIP suite, the Majlis, about the technology behind the theatre's world-class systems, 
  • Tour Duration: 1 Hour
  • Medium of Communication: English and Arabic
  • Price: AED 75 for Adult (16+ years), AED 40 for Child (3-16 years), Children under 3 years: Free
2. Exclusive Backstage Tour:
In this premium tour package, visitors will be taken behind the scenes to where some of the biggest performers in the Opera House have been and their dressing rooms, auditorium, backstage areas, piano and trap room, sound room and the rarely seen seat storage area when the auditorium transforms into flat floor mode.
  • Tour Duration: 1 Hour
  • Medium of Communication: English and Arabic
  • Price: AED 140 for Adult (16+ years), AED 74 for Child (7-16 years)
  • Note: Age limit for the tour is 7+
  • Tour timings: 11:30am, 2:30pm and 3:30pm

Restaurant at Dubai Opera House

The Loft @ Dubai Opera

Timings: Saturday-Thursday: 5 PM - 12AM; Friday: 12 PM - 4 PM (Brunch) & 5 PM -12 AM; Sunday: Closed
Cost for two: AED 650
Must-try: Oysters and cocktails

Located on the rooftop, this experiential restaurant offers diners five different experiences. The zones are:
  • The Main Dining Area
  • The Loft Bar
  • Raw Bar
  • Chef’s Table
  • Loft Terrace

Loft Terrace (Source)

Dress Code and Other Tips

  • Having a printed copy of the ticket is mandatory to get an entry. 
  • The audience is advised to dress up appropriately and in formals

How To Reach Dubai Opera

Located on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid road, opera is accessible by car, taxi, bus and metro. The place is at a walkable distance of about 15-20 minutes from the Burj Khalifa metro station and Dubai mall bus stop. If you plan on taking your private park, an underground paid parking service can be availed for AED 40.

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