After suffering serious debt crisis, Dubai the Land of Gold is on its way to make a mark again. Not satisfied with bragging rights for man-made islands, world’s tallest building, world’s most expensive and tallest fountain, indoor ski slope, they are now planning to build an opera house. To boost their tourism, Dubai recently unveiled plans to build a modern art museum and opera house near the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. The plans include an entertainment complex that will house two new hotels, residential housing, art galleries, a modern art museum, and an opera house. In his statement, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said, “The cultural accomplishments of a nation define its character and individuality” and continued, “we will continue to strengthen the infrastructure framework for promoting cultural initiatives, through projects such as the Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District.”
British architect Zaha Hadid designs the Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House. The Opera house will be dune-shaped, and the whole structure will be square and enclosed within a glass. It will be built near an existing human-made lake, and once all the design has been finalized, the project will start immediately.