The impresario who’s overseen the birth of Dubai’s newest theatrical destination
- We opened the Dubai Opera in 2016 on exactly the day we said we would, and went on to host a range of outstanding artists and productions almost every day since.
- I’m fortunate to lead one of Dubai’s most exciting new cultural and entertainment destinations. Yet so many people have been involved with the Dubai Opera from within Emaar, the many architecture, construction and project teams and our staff and partners – the support of all of them has been crucial to our opening success.
- The biggest lesson I’ve learned in the entertainment business has been that while everyone else’s attention is usually on stage, mine should always be on the audience – never accept mediocrity.
- If you’re the sort of person who counts their hours, you really shouldn’t work in live entertainment. If you want to operate at the highest level in this business you have to accept that the days start early and finish late, that weekends don’t exist and that downtime is rare. But in return, the rewards are incredible if what you love to fill your working hours with is live music and shows.