With the highly anticipated opening of the Dubai Opera this week (August 31) the big question everyone’s asking is “what to wear?”

This is no ordinary venue, as such it’s no ordinary dress code. Forgot your usual jeans and jumper combo reserved for the cinema, that just won’t cut it. The opera is all about refinery.

When asked to define the dress code Dubai Opera revealed: “We encourage everyone to dress up for any performance at Dubai Opera. In general, we ask that you wear clothing that is in keeping with the decorum of this iconic venue.”

The first night is predicted to be the most dressy – think Julia Roberts and the red dress and diamond scene in Pretty Woman. Yet, when it comes to hairstyles and headwear be mindful of the other spectators sitting behind you. Dubai Opera advise: “Although there isn’t a mandatory dress code, guests are encouraged to dress their best for the occasion with many  expected to be in black tie and formal gowns for the first night. Hats and big hairstyles are best avoided.”

Here’s some style inspiration:

What To Wear To Dubai Opera: Dress Code

Dress, Dhs1,300, BCBGMAXAZRIA; Earrings, Dhs1,200, Ben Amun at S*uce; Shoes, Dhs2,600, Jimmy Choo


What To Wear To Dubai Opera: Dress Code

Dress, Dhs3,958, Jenny Packham at theoutnet.com ; Clutch, Dhs750, Dinz at S*uce; Shoes, Dhs2,430, Bionda Castana at Level Shoe District

What To Wear To Dubai Opera: Dress Code

Dress, POA, Gucci; Clutch, Dhs6,759,  The Row at net-aporter.com; Shoes, Dhs1,965, Giannico at Boutique 1 

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Placido Domingo will be the opening act on August 31, at the 2,000-seat multi-format venue. Dubai Opera will also host theatre shows, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film and sports events. Check the full show guide here for 2016, and book tickets at dubaiopera.com.

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