Every great city that wants to shine on the cultural level has to have an opera house. Dubai is no exception. And to create this jewel dedicated to music, the town has called upon architect Janus Rostock. With a taste for white and futuristic curves, he imagined a building whose silhouette echoes the form of the traditional dhows that sail on Dubai Creek. It is right downtown, opposite the Burj Khalifa Tower, where this ship has risen out of the ground. Equipment will of course be ultra-modern. With a capacity of 1,900 and an aim to show not only operas, but also plays, concerts, art exhibitions, and films, the complex promises a varied programme that makes it a cultural hub. Its location also complements the neighbourhood, which is home to art hotels, residential apartments, design studios, and galleries.