Dubai Opera

United Arab Emirates - Dubai
WS Atkins & Partners

Fire Compartmentation

United Arab Emirates - Dubai

Dubai Opera is a 1901-seat, multi-format, performing arts centre, which is located within The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. The theatre was conceived and briefed by Theatre Projects Consultants, it can be converted into a traditional theatre, concert hall, banquet hall or exhibition space. Using hydraulic lifts and seating wagons to relocate 900 of the 2,000 seats, the space can be used for other events while the extra seating is stored in garages beneath the theatre.

Dubai Opera is designed to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel, in which the 'bow' of the structure houses the opera's main stage, orchestra and seating, while the elongated 'hull' has waiting areas, taxi drop-off areas, and parking. (Reference:

Promat worked collaboratively with the leading dry-wall contractor in the Middle East, Depa Al Baraka. This sophisticated structure is fire protected with the use of PROMATECT®-H calcium silicate boards and PROMASEAL® Sealants. Promat provided technical support in building the fire compartmentation on the roof level where normal wall construction was a challenge.

Consultant: WS Atkins & Partners
Main contractor: Al Ghandi & CCC
Applicator: Deepa Al Baraka