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Located between Europe, Asia and Africa, Dubai gets the best of the East and the West. The Emirate has a special place in its heart for art and encourages artistic experimentations and innovative collaborations.
You'll find concerts, theatrical shows, musicals as well as other live music entertainment raising the visibility of the city's theatre scene. In fact, Dubai has its own Opera House, which opened in 2016 and can seat up to 2000 people.
With choices ranging from classical music to Bollywood masala and from world music to local Emirati talent, Dubai’s performing art centres are a good place to plug into the international scene.
Dubai Opera is the new mecca for the performing arts in Dubai, bringing together art, dance and music together like never before. The iconic dhow-shaped building is located in the glittering Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Opera serves as the creative heart of the city, producing and hosting the finest, most authentic, and engaging performing arts experiences in the Middle East.
Address: Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre) is the only non-profit cultural centre in Dubai to promote an expansive range of art forms spanning almost every creative genre. The centre organises the energies of local theatre and art's enthusiasts, artists, and business people to provide entertainment and education for the region’s local community. Located on floor two of Mall of the Emirates, the venue includes a 543-seat theatre, The Gallery of Light, 18 art studios and dance and rehearsal studios, a black box studio theatre and workshops and classrooms. It is dedicated not only those of the past or present but extends also to future generations of Dubai.
The Madinat Theatre is a state-of-the-art venue found in the bazaar-like atmosphere of the bustling Souk Madinat Jumeirah. With its grand columns, marble floors, and soft lighting, the venue is a highly prestigious entertainment centre in Dubai. The theatre space sets the stage for large-scale shows that focus on greater intimacy between performers and the audience. Melodious musicals and captivating live performances to hilarious stand-up comedy and dramatic ballets all come alive on The Madinat Theatre stage. Along with the outdoor Amphitheatre, Madinat’s performing venues satiate Dubai’s cravings for eclectic, crowd-pleasing entertainment.
In 2013, MusicHall opened in Dubai, in the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeriah. The MusicHall is essentially a theatre as well as a nightspot where one can enjoy dinner along with musical performances, ranging from jazz to rock. The venue hosts many consecutive multicultural live stage performances covering a wide variety of music styles, from Salsa, Indian, and Middle-Eastern to Russian and Rock to Gipsy fusion. Enjoy the acts whilst savouring a vast selection of fusion gourmet menu and international food supervised by Jumeirah Group Head Chef.