Downtown Dubai’s cultural district to include opera house, art gallery

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Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and also the UAE’s vice president and prime minister, announced plans on Wednesday of establishing a cultural district in downtown Dubai which will include a museum, two art hotels and an opera house. He also launched the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District which will be located in Emaar’s flagship Downtown Dubai near Burj Khalifa.

“The cultural accomplishments of a nation define its character and individuality. Having demonstrated our credentials in hosting world-class cultural events, UAE has established itself as a thriving destination for culture and the arts,” Sheikh Mohammad was quoted by state-run WAM news agency as saying.

“We will continue to strengthen the infrastructure framework for promoting cultural initiatives, through projects such as the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District.

“This will not only encourage our talented local artists but also facilitate global cultural exchange,” the statement added.

The UAE’s vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai explained that the country has established itself as a thriving destination for culture and the arts and promised to continue strengthening the infrastructure framework for promoting cultural initiatives, through projects such as the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District. “This will not only encourage our talented local artists but also facilitate global cultural exchange,” he said.

Mohammad Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District are part of projects that Emaar is executing to make Dubai an international hub of arts and culture.

“It will be Dubai’s definitive entertainment destination that stimulates creativity, supports the arts sector, and also offers visitors their choice of hospitality and leisure.”

He added that the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District would include an Opera House, modern art museum, galleries and design studios, as well as two new art hotels and several residential apartments and design studios.

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