Dubai Opera and Coca-Cola Arena launch talent quests to find the next big (isolated) star

With both venues temporarily closed as protection against Covid-19, they are now taking the show to social media

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UAE residents have proven to be quite creative in the present circumstances.

Those living in cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, have  gained popularity by showcasing their talents, including the  balcony musicians, bedroom DJs and of course, the odd bag pipe player.

Now, two of Dubai's leading performance venues want you to display your talent to rest of the country through separate online talent quests.

With Dubai Opera and Coca-Cola Arena both temporarily shut as a health precaution against the coronavirus, the venues are taking the show online, so to speak.

From singers and musicians to stand-up comedians, the competitions aim to unearth hidden talents from within the UAE, while at the same time spreading some good cheer during these challenging times. Here are the details for both initiatives.

#Fromhometostage by Dubai Opera

Ever fancy setting foot on Dubai Opera’s hallowed stage, not as part of a tour, but as an actual performer?

Well, the venue is offering just that through its social media competition. Running until Saturday, April 18, contestants aged 12 years and above are invited to submit a pre-recorded 90-second video via their Instagram account showcasing their talent. All you need to do is use the hashtag #FromHometoStage.

Two winners will be chosen with different prizes up for grabs. One will get the rare opportunity to be an opening act for an upcoming Dubai Opera concert. The second winner will get a chance to hold a one-hour performance at the venue's intimate Dubai Opera Studio stage. The allocation of the prize will be decided by the venue. More information can be found at

Be Live in Dubai by Coca-Cola Arena

With no concerts on the horizon, Coca-Cola Arena still wants us to rock out. This talent quest, running throughout April, is open to talents who want to display their skills in music, dance, comedy, or even sport.

All you have to is upload a video on your Instagram and tag @cocacolarena alongside the hashtag #beliveinDubai. Coca-Cola Arena will choose the best videos to repost on its own Instagram page. Check out the venue's Instagram account for more details.