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The Opus
Updated: 3rd June, 2023

The Opus

The Opus is a 21-storey mixed-use building in Business Bay, Dubai.
The Opus
Building type
Mixed-use building
(High-rise building)
21 floors
Building specifications
The Opus is a 21-storey mixed-use building in Business Bay, Dubai.
The developer
The project was developed by Omniyat Properties through its subsidiary Omniyat Properties Six Ltd.
Construction began in 2010.
The architect
The architectural consultant was Zaha Hadid Architects.
Additional information
  • The Opus, consists of one large podium plus three floors of hotel. The mid-section of the two towers has commercial floors while the last three floors of the towers, joined together by a bridge, contain luxury apartments and 98 serviced residences.

  • The 93-room hotel is the first ME by Melia hotel in the region. The building also contains Michelin star restaurants and private residences designed by Zaha Hadid, a bespoke wellness centre, coffee shops, retail space and a multi-storey car park.

  • Omniyat Properties ‘revealed’ the concept design in May 2007 at the British Museum in London. Ground works started in 2008 but in 2009 work was put on hold until early 2010. The building was expected to be completed in the summer of 2017, but the commercial spaces were not handed over until Q3 2018 whilst the hotel may not open until the end of 2019.

  • In the architect’s own words: "I thought it would be interesting to create something other than a high rise, so we concentrated on creating a degree of density in a cube. But instead of leaving the shape alone, we wanted to erode it and carve it away – a concept we have used for ground-level projects but until now not for high rises."

  • One of several unique buildings specified as part of masterplan concept for Dubai, The Opus comprises two structures, conceived as a single cube eroded by a free-form void, which appears to ‘hover’ above ground-level. A pixilated reflective façade renders the cube full by day; by night, it ‘dematerializes’ as light floods the void.

  • The bridge consists of three floors of hotel apartments.

  • At a height of 71 metres from the ground level, the bridge has a length of nearly 38 metres and a width of nearly 26 metres, with the height varying between 20.95 metres and 24.85 metres.

  • More than five international engineering teams - Zaha Hadid, BG&E, Brewer Smith Brewer group (BSBG), National Engineering Bureau (NEB), Koltay - and three contractors - Brookfield Multiplex, Alu Nasa, Al Nasr - have worked together to develop the design of the steel elements and that of the complicated double curved facades.

  • There was an intense co-ordination effort to ensure that the steel structure of the bridge would fit the free flowing glass that wraps around it. All the steel elements were designed using complicated 3D software.

  • The bridge has two façade systems with one of them being a unitized façade system while the other being a reversed skylight system under the belly of the bridge.

  • The design of the façade systems proved to be extremely challenging as each piece of double curved glass is unique and had to be designed and constructed individually.

  • Each piece of glass was installed independently from a massive deck installed under the bridge.

  • The double curved glass was manufactured in China, while the double curved aluminum frames for the void glass came from Denmark. The secondary steel elements for the skylight system were procured from Holland.

  • The inner facades of the project forms a seamless fluid glass surface and resembles melted ice.

  • Pixelated striations in the window glass reduce the inflow of solar heat to the interior.

  • The ME by Melia hotel is due to open in Februry 2020.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From The Opus it takes roughly 6 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 20 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 19 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 24 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 17 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 44 minutes' drive.*

Available property
For sale
Office For Sale in The Opus
Office For Sale in The Opus

The Opus Location

The map below shows the location of The Opus and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Bay Avenue Mall & Park, 0.3 km
Fountains at Dubai Mall, 1.2 km
Kidzania, 1.5 km
Parks & beaches
Action Park Business Bay, 0.2 km
Bay Avenue Park, 0.3 km
Safa Park, 2.2 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 5.4 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 7.5 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 9.2 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 1.5 km
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 1.8 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 2.0 km

Nearby shops and outlets

The number of shops and amenities that are within walking distance can greatly affect quality of life and may be a key factor when choosing a place to live. Here is an analysis of all the commercial outlets that are currently operating in the vicinity of The Opus.

There are two outlets within the building itself, located on the ground floor:

The Maine Land Brasserie
Restaurant, lobby
Roka Dubai
Restaurant, lobby

In addition, there are dozens of outlets within walking distance of The Opus. We've shortlisted the nearest ones across various categories:

local_grocery_store Supermarkets & Mini Marts
Wiso Mini Mart
Mini mart, Damac Maison Cour Jardin (0.1 km)
W Mart Supermarket
Supermarket, The Binary (0.2 km)
Supermarket, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
W Mart Fresh
Supermarket, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
restaurant Restaurants & Bars
Brews Cafe
Restaurant, Damac Maison Cour Jardin (0.1 km)
City Sky
Café, The Binary (0.2 km)
Pak Jinnah
Restaurant, The Binary (0.2 km)
Assal Zaffron Cafe
Café, The Binary (0.2 km)
local_pharmacy Clinics & Pharmacies
Health First Pharmacy
Pharmacy, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
Life Pharmacy
Pharmacy, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
Marina Optics
Optician & eyewear shop, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
Emirates Hospital Clinic
Medical clinic, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
spa Salons & Spas
Ladies' salon, Damac Maison Cour Jardin (0.1 km)
The Groom Room
Men's salon, Damac Maison Cour Jardin (0.1 km)
Pro Nails Beauty Studio
Ladies' salon, Damac Maison Cour Jardin (0.1 km)
Indi Salon
Ladies' salon, The Binary (0.2 km)
cleaning_services Services
Print Outs
Print shop, The Binary (0.2 km)
Bay Laundry
Laundrette, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
The Sewing Corner
Tailoring shop, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
Royal Unique Flowers
Flower shop, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
fitness_center Gyms & Fitness Studios
Gym, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
Naurs Yoga Centre
Yoga studio, Bay Avenue Mall & Park (0.3 km)
Bare Fitness Centre
Gym, Clover Bay (0.3 km)
Gym, 29 Burj Dubai Boulevard (0.7 km)

For a full analysis of all outlets and amenities in the wider area visit our Business Bay Amenities guide.

Local Schools

The Opus has many schools nearby including Japanese School Dubai at 1.4 km and JSS Private School LLC at 1.6 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'.

Japanese School Dubai
1.4 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese
JSS Private School LLC
1.6 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Horizon English School Dubai
1.7 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British
Global Indian International School Dubai
1.9 km, Al Quoz
AED 21,000  •  Indian

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 Opus.

SHIBUYA POP, Taj Dubai • Ladies Night • Miss Tess (0.0 km)
Ladies First, Pullman Dubai Downtown • Ladies Night • The Birdcage Dubai (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch, The Opus • Roka Dubai (0.0 km)
My Boyfriend is Out of Town
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Taikun (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  5:00pm
Vault (0.0 km)
Hotel Cartagena
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Hotel Cartagena (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  11:00pm
1 OAK (0.0 km)
Saturday Kamikaze Brunch
Brunch • Taj Dubai
Miss Tess (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Taj Dubai
The Eloquent Elephant (0.0 km)
Saturday Premium Brunch
Brunch • Taj Dubai
Bombay Brasserie (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel
Kimura-Ya Authentic Japanese Restaurant (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to The Opus.

City Walk
City Walk (1.8 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
Read more
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (3.0 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
Read more
Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (3.3 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
Read more
La Mer
La Mer (4.6 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
Read more
The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (5.0 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
Read more
Meydan (5.7 km)
A 40 million square foot development underway in MBR City, home to the world famous Meydan Race Course which  hosts the annual Dubai Cup.
Read more
Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (5.8 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
The Opus Milestones
Revised Estimated Handover Date
Construction Started
Handover Started
October 2018
Companies Associated with The Opus
Architectural Consultant: Zaha Hadid Architects

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for The Opus.

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 History

See the development of The Opus in photos:

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