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The Opera District
Updated: 4th June, 2023

The Opera District

An area dedicated to the arts, culture and events, featuring luxury hotels and apartments, a retail plaza, recreational spaces and parks.
The Opera District
The Opera District is an area located within Downtown Dubai, Dubai.
The developer
The project is being developed by Emaar Properties.
The architect
The architectural consultant is HOK Canada, Inc..

The Opera District is a new area in Downtown Dubai designed to energise Dubai’s events and tourism sectors by providing a stylish cultural destination.

It aims to promote the arts, culture, and events scene by ensuring global exchange and promoting local talent.

The Opera District features luxury hotels, elegantly designed residential and serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks.

The Opera District will eventually become part of the nine-suburb Dubai development centred on ‘The Needle’ at Dubai Creek Harbour which will be the world's tallest tower.

The Opera District is located off Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.

The district includes cultural facilities, residential properties and leisure amenities, and is to be the UAE’s new cultural centre.

Surrounding Dubai Opera, the country’s first multi-format theatre, will be a museum, two art themed hotels, design studios and galleries.

The homes for sale within the district will provide an exclusive and exception place to live and enjoy culture and the arts.

The new Dubai Opera has been designed by the award-winning architects WS Atkins. Its form echoes the traditional Emirati dhows which can still be seen sailing in the Dubai Creek.

Inside, the 21,530 sq ft interior houses a state-of-the-art 2,000-seat multi-purpose performing arts venue. Moveable floors enable the space to be converted into different formats: an opera house, theatre, concert hall, banquet hall or exhibition space.

Outside, a sky garden and rooftop restaurant.

The Opera District will also include luxury hotels, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades, recreational spaces and parks, as well as up-market residential and serviced apartments.

The residential developments include Opera Grand, Forte, The Address Residences Dubai Opera and Il Primo.

Opera Grand was launched in 2014 and is a 66-storey tower housing over 200 luxury two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments as well as two levels of cafes, restaurants and shops, and a grand entrance lobby. A rooftop pool and health club with unobstructed views of Burj Lake complete the scene.

Forte has been designed by the award-winning Japanese architects, Nikken Sekkei and comprises two towers of 71 floors and 41 floors. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments range from 650 sq ft to 2,329 sq ft. A six-storey podium at the base of the towers will contain a new museum of modern art, restaurants and retail facilities, a health club with swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna and spa.

Forte is expected to be completed by December 2019.

The Address Residences Dubai Opera is a twin tower project designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, architects of the Burj Khalifa. One tower, at 65 storeys high, will contain 626 residential apartments with one to five bedrooms as well as penthouses. Sizes range from 793 sq ft to 5,232 sq ft. The second tower, at 55 storeys, will be a luxury hotel with serviced apartments.

The towers are connected by a wide podium with a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle amenities. Facilities will include 24-hour concierge, business suite, library, fitness centre with swimming pool, spa and gymnasium and signature restaurant. The Address Residences Dubai Opera is scheduled for completion in mid 2020.

Il Primo is a 77-storey tower containing 119 four- and five-bedroom so-called “lateral" apartments taking up either half or a whole floor. The larger apartments are around 4,979 sq ft in size with a balcony terrace of 708 sq ft. The smaller ones are 4,979 sq ft and will have 279 sq ft balconies. All apartments will have full-height glazing offering views of the new Opera House, Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.

The Il Primo Tower will also have a podium containing a gym, cigar lounge, a library, cinema and spa and is expected to be completed in September 2020.

Available property

The Opera District Location

The map below shows the location of The Opera District and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas. For a more in-depth look at the local attractions, and to see what's on in and around The Opera District, visit our Things to Do guide.

Fountains at Dubai Mall, 0.4 km
Bay Avenue Mall & Park, 0.7 km
Dubai Aquarium, 0.8 km
Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 0.6 km
Action Park Business Bay, 1.1 km
The Block, 2.7 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 5.5 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 8.3 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8.4 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 0.8 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 1.2 km
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 1.2 km
Looking for more The Opera District things to do and entertainment? Visit our Things to Do guide.

Local Schools

The Opera District has many schools nearby including Citizens School at 1.5 km and Japanese School Dubai at 1.8 km.

In terms of performance there are eight schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Horizon English School Dubai which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Jumeirah English Speaking School which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Citizens School
1.5 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
Japanese School Dubai
1.8 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese
JSS Private School LLC
2.0 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Horizon English School Dubai
2.2 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of The Opera District. For full nightlife listings and to see what else is happening nearby see the Things to Do page.

Karma, Burj Khalifa • Ladies Night • Armani Privé (0.0 km)
Loose Lips, Burj Khalifa • Ladies Night • 3BK (0.0 km)
Saturday Taste of Thai Experience, Palace Downtown • Thiptara (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Ladies Love Karma
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Wakame (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Miss Tess (0.0 km)
Saturday Flavours Brunch
Brunch • Palace Downtown
Ewaan (0.0 km)
Sunday Afternoon Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Brunch by the Burj
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to The Opera District.

Business Bay
Business Bay (1.1 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
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City Walk
City Walk (1.3 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
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Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (2.2 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (2.4 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
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La Mer
La Mer (4.0 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
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Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (4.9 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
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Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (5.3 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
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The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (5.5 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
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Companies Associated with The Opera District
Master Developer: Emaar Properties
Architectural Consultant: HOK Canada, Inc.


The prestigious site is framed by large lakes, fountains and an array of mixed-use development.

HOK developed a comprehensive master plan organizing the vehicular and pedestrian circulation to create a vibrant cultural district while positioning the towers to frame key views.

Developed in collaboration with the client’s management team, engineering disciplines, retail consultants and the various tower architects, the master plan and landscape strategy completes the public realm.

The accelerated development schedule meant that the Burj Khalifa Tower site was in constant evolution. A master plan report and design guidelines set the framework for the next stage of implementation.

SIZE: Land: 1.2 million sq ft / 110,000 sq m. GFA: 9.2 million sq. ft. / 850,000 sq. m.

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for The Opera District.

Projects often go through a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.

Construction Updates

See the development of The Opera District in photos:

The Opera District Buildings

We currently maintain records for eight building developments in The Opera District.

Il Primo
construction Under development
Act Towers
construction Under development
Dubai Opera
check_circle Complete
Opera Grand
check_circle Complete
St. Regis The Residences
construction Under development
Vida Residences Dubai Opera
do_disturb Under development (Cancelled)
Grande at The Opera District
construction Under development
The Address Residences Dubai Opera
construction Under development

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