Random Pics: Dubai Opera

I can’t believe that it has been more than a year and four months since the Dubai Opera opened its doors to great fanfare and an opening concert by Placido Domingo. I couldn’t get tickets to that opening concert but I went to a performance of Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ on Day 2 (which was considered an important connection given Dubai’s own history of pearl fishing and trading). Since then I’ve been to the opera at least 4-5 times for everything from the Blue Men Group to jazz concerts by Michel Legrand.

The piece de resistance of the Opera is actually not the concert hall itself but a massive chandelier that hangs in the atrium space. It is made of 30,000 glass pearls and lighted by over 3,000 light bulbs. Apparently it weighs close to 5 tonnes in all its 27 metre high glory. It’s a popular spot for selfies. I took a photo of it before it was cool but didn’t bother posting it on social media which makes me just a wanna be now 🙂

Here are a few random memories from my various visits to the Opera:

Dubai Opera Another view of the chandelier
The massive chandelier at the Dubai Opera
Dubai Opera Lights
Another popular spot for selfies
Dubai Opera Barber of Seville
At the end of a performance of Barber of Seville
Dubai Opera External
The building is designed to look like a dhow (traditional boat)

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:


    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      All these photographs have been sitting in my phone for like forever

  2. neihtn2012 says:

    That chandelier is amazing!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes, it’s quite spectacular- it’s massive and yet looks fragile

  3. sameekshya says:

    everything about this city is so grand

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:


  4. Nirmala says:

    Going to that place is by itself an enjoyable experience!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yep, it’s quite a nice venue

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