ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, – A UAE newspaper has said that, Dubai has long established itself as a city of progressive architectural landmarks.

“In recent years, it has also successfully created a cultural front by preserving the Bastakiya district, and building art galleries and entertainment venues. What it hasn’t had, so far, is a world-class venue for performing arts,” said The National, in an editorial on Sunday (today).

This void will be filled with the opening of the Dubai Opera on Aug 31, when it will host Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo, followed by about 50 concerts in four months, including a Broadway musical, ballet and flamenco performance.

The 2,000-capacity venue, in Downtown Dubai, does not just complete the city’s nerve-centre, but it is set to change Dubai’s cultural complexion, as it will attract people, who look beyond shopping and clubbing. These people will also be drawn to the museum precinct, taking shape on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

“There are many things that go into making a city great, but building a world-class cultural facility is a big statement in itself,” concluded the Abu Dhabi-based daily.

Source: Name News Network