Sydney Opera House has some competition from Dubai up ahead! A 2,000-seat venue will be built as part of plans for The Opera District in Downtown Dubai.

Developer Emaar made the announcement adding that the venue will be used for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes. Think centerpiece of the district to promote the art and culture scene in Dubai!

Inspired by the dhows that are such an integral part of Dubai Creek, the building will contain Dubai Opera’s main stage, orchestra and seating areas, as well as a proposed sky garden and restaurants. There will also be waiting areas for spectators, a taxi-drop off area and parking amenities, Arabian Business reported. More info