O – Opera & Other Places | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z
An opera is a theatre form in which music plays the leading part but it is not a musical play. It originated in Italy around the 16th century and forms a base for western classical music. It is usually a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and is performed in an Opera house.
A western classical opera is the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Dubai but keeping in sync with their motto where they have something for everyone it has an opera theatre, ‘the Dubai Opera.’
It is also situated in Downtown Dubai in the Opera district. It is the perfect blend of culture and art and truly showcases Dubai as a cosmopolitan hub. It is an excellent 2000-seat, a multi-format theatre that has an overwhelming collection of world-class abilities. The outside of it is designed to resemble a ‘Dhow’. Imagine opera in a dhow – that’s Dubai for you.
The theatre space is appropriate for large-scale drama productions, musicals, ballets, lectures, conferences and live entertainment options. There is an amazing rooftop restaurant, The Loft, and sky garden with The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa in the backdrop. This is one of the best places to go out at night.
Timings: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Price: AED: 50 to 550
There are other places of importance and of great interest to travelers. I would like to highlight them in this post before I miss them for this theme. Sadly there is only one ‘D’ in the alphabets and most of the locations in Dubai start with ‘D’. Some of them require a full post and would be taken up in detail after the #A2ZChallenge is over.
Dubai Miracle Garden
This is one of my favorite places to visit in Dubai. With a sea of colorful flowers and the aromatic breeze, this is a must visit for nature lovers, if you traveling during winters. When it is at its peak, there are more than 150 million flowers on display, which are used to create specific designs and colorful patterns.
You won’t be surprised when I say that it is the world’s largest natural flower garden. It opens from November till the end of April. Every year they come up with new structures that make it a must-visit every season.
Timings: 9am – 9pm Sunday to Thursday, 9am -11pm – Friday and Saturday
Tickets: Adult (12 years old above): 50AED, Children (12 years old and below): 40AED
Dubai Butterfly Garden
Though it is in the same complex of Miracle Garden it has a separate entrance and requires another ticket. By now you would be getting used to every time I mention that this is the world’s largest and biggest – It is the world’s largest and region’s first indoor butterfly garden featuring 15,000 butterflies of around 26 kinds.
I visited along with my father and sister and with so many butterflies fluttering around we ourselves became kids. Through its ten domes, it gives an opportunity to learn how butterflies evolve through each stage.
Timings: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Tickets: Adults and Children (2 years and above): 55AED
If you are a Bollywood lover and an adventure enthusiast then Bollywood Park would surely be fun for you. It is the world’s very first Bollywood themed park and has everything from rides, cafes, zones, stage performances, live entertainment based on Bollywood.
Bollywood is really popular in Dubai and our biggest stars are their biggest stars too. With 12 rides and 5 themed zones, it will keep you well entertained for the entire day. It is in the same complex as Dubai Parks and Resorts, where Legoland and Motiongate are.
They have separate winter and summer timings – Do check before going there.
Tickets: 99 AED onwards.
Guru Nanak Darbar
It is the region’s biggest Gurudwara and is visited by people of all faiths. It is located near the Ibn Battuta Mall. It also holds a couple of Guinness records – Through “Breakfast for Diversity” it served around 600 people from 101 nationalities, the largest gathering of such kind. They also attempted to break the record for World’s largest distribution of saplings. It serves free food, ‘Langar’ to about 5000 people daily.
Timings: 04:30 AM till 09:30 PM
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
For all the rich people visiting Dubai for leisure and have lots of free time, then you will definitely have a wonderful time at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. If you want to pamper yourself head directly to it. The things that you can enjoy at the club are – Gym, swimming pool, Zumba, yoga, horse riding, spa, etc. Dine world-class cuisines at – Palermo, Epona, Ippos, and the Splash Pool Bar.
Timings: 6:00AM – 12:AM
Tickets: AED 1620 onwards
An art and culture district made out of warehouses – yeah you read it right. The avenue was an area of industrial warehouses that have been converted into a wide array of galleries, facilities and platforms known as the Alserkal Avenue.
With 60 art houses, design and creative venues it was gathering the region’s artists. The best part is entry is free of cost.
Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (Friday closed)
The Clocktower is one of the most popular landmarks in the city, though it is not of architectural importance. It is a roundabout that is believed to be constructed by the people in Dubai lived during the 1960s. Its design resembles that of a clock and as the Telegraph newspaper once reported, Dubai Clock Tower is the prime attraction in Dubai and one of the 17 most beautiful clock towers around the world.
Hope you are enjoying this journey across the City of Gold with the Joker. If you want me to cover something in particular – Do highlight!
Come back tomorrow for more.
For all those who love opera,
For all those who enjoy theatre,
For all those who love flowers,
For all those who flutter like butterflies…
It’s not a goodbye,
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul
This is the 15th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.
Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold
Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘P’
I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.