An architectural icon and acknowledged hub for arts and music, the Dubai Opera is the performance heart of the city. Located in the dynamic Downtown Dubai district its annual calendar of music and dance spectacles range from classic opera, pop concerts and tribute acts to folk performances, ballet, modern dance and theatre productions. A truly international venue, Dubai Opera has welcomed top drawer performers and touring shows from around the world. The purpose-built, 2,000-guest venue is just as impressive, and has been designed to transform from a classic theatre set-up into a concert hall or as a traditional gala event location. It also offers onsite dining and lounge experiences with stunning views of Burj Khalifa. productions from around the world. To honour the UAE's rich heritage, Janus Rostock – the architect behind this masterpiece – designed the building to resemble a traditional dhow boat. Visitors to the area are welcome to take a conducted tour of the magnificent facility, which provides insights into its architecture and access to the backstage world of high-end productions.