Dubai Expo 2020: Immerse Your Senses In First-Ever Emirati Opera Launched At The Biggest World Expo
Expo 2020 Dubai has commissioned the nation's first opera, Al-Wasl. It is going to be a cultural milestone for United Arab Emirates
Dubai Expo 2020 kickstarts in exactly about a year. With Dubai Expo 2020, Dubai will go a step further in inspiring the upcoming generation to unlock their potential and spark innovations that will underline the next 50 years of human progress, not only in the field of science and technology but also arts, culture, and geography. Since we are talking about how Expo 2020 is going to positively affect the arts and culture of the Gulf region as well, here is good news for all the Arts aficionados. In a cultural milestone for UAE, Expo 2020 Dubai has commissioned the nation’s first opera “Al-Wasl”. Combining Emirati and global talent, the first-ever opera, Al Wasl will span thousands of years, bringing to life the UAE’s rich history and sharing its innovative spirit with the world.
According to Her excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau “We wanted to create something new for Expo 2020 Dubai that reflects the dynamic, diverse, and tolerant nature of contemporary UAE and our deep-rooted culture and heritage. A new opera, the first for Emirati culture, is in many ways the perfect way for us to do this.”
What Is Al-Wasl All About?
Al Wasl will be a multilingual opera that tells the history of the emirate, spanning 4,000 years from the Umm Al Nar period. Al Wasl opera tells an Emirati tale that celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the UAE, its impressive achievements to date and its aspirations for the future. The tale begins at Saruq Al Hadid, a trade and metallurgy center that flourished during the Iron Age in what would become Dubai. The opera jumps to Dubai Airport in the modern metropolis for its second act before concluding in the not-so-distant future.
The opera will feature global artists and musicians, who will perform to a score by Emirati composer Mohammed Fairouz and lyrics by author and librettist Maha Gargash.
According to Mohammad Fairouz “There is nothing more universal than opera and the theater in that way, to bring people together. I figured that if people can laugh together, cry together then anything is possible between them. They know one another at that moment.”