Immediately after the London’s presentation of Il Primo complex in the Dubai Opera District, Emaar announced that construction of its new residential Opera Grand Tower next to Dubai Opera House is about to start.
The contractor for the project has already been found: it will be the Athenian Consolidated Contractors company, and contract will cost AED 500 million.
It is assumed that the Opera Grand Tower will have 65 to 70 floors, 56 of which will be given to residential apartments, and the rest will be occupied by various commercial organizations.
With the construction of Opera Grand Tower and other facilities, Dubai Opera District is gradually taking that ready look, which was planned by the Dubai’s government, when they decided to turn this part of the city into its "cultural heart".
Janus Rostock, the regional design director of Atkins, which designed the Opera House and masterplanned the district, said that there was room for another “eight to 10" new towers within the Opera District. He emphasized that the master plan had been centered on “creating an alternative to what’s currently in the Downtown area". New performing arts schools, galleries and jazz clubs will be added to the 2,000-capacity Opera House and the new towers planed for construction in the area.
The new Opera House will have a large public plaza towards the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard: “It closes the circle around the Boulevard. Today that part of the district is like a missing tooth, and this is filling that," Rostock added.
The space between the Burj Khalifa and the remainder of Boulevard’s restaurants and apartment buildings will be turned to the more pedestrian-friendly, green and landscaped cozy zone. On the other side the site would also have bridges to The Dubai Mall, enhancing the size of the area for viewing Downtown’s lakes and fountains.
The handover of the 2,000-capacity dhow-shaped building of the Dubai Opera House is also scheduled for the coming months. In just about a month and a half, world-famous Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo will perform at its grand opening, heading a line-up of another 49 concerts that make up the first four months after the Opera House opening. And in 12 months, more than 200 concerts are scheduled to be hosted at this new historic Dubai’s arts complex.
Jasper Hope, chief executive of the Dubai’s Opera said: “I want the people who live and work in Dubai to be proud of this as an addition to their city."
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