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Al Habtoor Group and world-famous Franco Dragone Entertainment Group announce UAE’s first-ever permanent water-based production


The Al Habtoor Group and Franco Dragone Entertainment Group today unveiled a spectacular production coming soon to Dubai. The two well-known names are teaming up to bring the UAE’s first-ever permanent water-based theatre production.

The venue of the event will be the theatre at the Metropolitan complex (Habtoor Island), which is currently under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road. The multi-billion dirham site will include three hotels under the Al Habtoor Brand; a WESTIN, a St Regis and a W hotel.

The announcement came from a distinguished panel made up of Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group; Franco Dragone, Founder, Artistic Director and President, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group; Jean Rabasse, Theatre Director; Yves Delacollette, Member of the Strategic Committee and Secretary-General.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman & CEO, Al Habtoor Group said, “We are pleased to team up with the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group. This partnership will offer something very unique to the UAE. This will be the first permanent theatrical production in the country.”

Franco Dragone’s name is synonymous with the entertainment world. He was the mastermind behind 10 Cirque du Soleil productions before starting his own company in 2000. Among his many accomplishments are the world famous ‘Celine Dion, A New Day’, ‘Le Rêve’ and ‘The House of Dancing Water’.  Dragone is already a big hit in the UAE, following his Abu Dhabi creation and visual poem ‘Story of a Fort Legacy of a Nation’.  He was recently awarded the Independence Order of first grade by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in recognition of his contributions to the advancement and promotion of international arts and theatre.

Franco Dragone, Founder and Artistic Director of Franco Dragone Entertainment Group said, “We are more than proud and honored to be part of the fantastic Al Habtoor project. I am quite confident that during several decades this show will magnify Dubai as the hub where swarms of travelers and myriads of dreams come and go. At the edge of the desert and the sea, at the junction where East meets West, artists, ambassadors from all cultures will share their unique talents to form a pearl necklace like no other

The venue of the purpose-built theatre designed by Paris-based designer Jean Rabasse will open in 2016. The theatre will be 35 meters high and have a capacity of 1,400 unique seats.

Lights, sounds and water elements will come together at the Dubai theatre to create an extravagant and spectacular show. It will be the fourth of its type in the world after Las Vegas, Macau and the future Han Show in Wuhan, mainland China. It will be the first of its kind in the Middle East for Franco Dragone Entertainment Group.

The scenic design will have a two million litre pool and hydraulic stage which comes to life during the show. There will be more than 80 performers involved in the project.
The overall construction, production and creative process will take three to four years to deliver the future show. More to know in the next coming months…