- In the presence of real estate pioneer, Mahdi Amjad, and ZHA Director, Christo Passas.
- The Opus is a magnificent feat of engineering that blends the progressive
intuition and market understanding of OMNIYAT and the timeless mastery of Zaha Hadid
- 80% of the residences at The Opus have already been sold, with handovers slated for Q1 2023.
- Mahdi Amjad: “The design aspiration that I learned from working with Zaha changed OMNIYAT and me forever.”
Dubai, 17 November 2022: When it comes to craftsmanship and an artistic vision that defies
human imagination, not many projects come to mind more prominently than The Opus by
OMNIYAT, a magnificent feat of engineering that blends the progressive intuition and market
understanding of OMNIYAT and the timeless mastery of Zaha Hadid, an architecture phenom
who needs no introduction and is continuously celebrated globally.
On 13 November, Founder and Executive Chairman of OMNIYAT, Mahdi Amjad, and Director
from Zaha Hadid Architects, Christos Passas, came together to celebrate this distinctive
property that elevated real estate in Dubai and put Business Bay on the Emirate’s property
map. They took part in a panel discussion moderated by Farah Nayeri, global arts and culture
writer, during which they shared their experience developing The Opus by OMNIYAT and
working with Zaha Hadid on this incredible industry-defining project.
Mahdi Amjad said: “When it came to The Opus, I was seeking architects who envisioned and
reflected the future in their designs in line with the inspirational words of His Highness Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of
Dubai, who said ‘the future does not wait. The future can be designed and built today.’ Only
Zaha Hadid could have helped us envision The Opus and realise its potential as an iconic
Christos Passas said: “When we first started discussing The Opus, OMNIYAT was seeking to
develop a commercial masterpiece that would stand the test of time. Zaha’s exceptional eye for
design and engineering perfection is reflected in this incredible building, a pioneering project in
Dubai representing an exploration of duality and fluidity — Zaha’s signature style. However,
aside from marveling at this masterful edifice, we are also here today to celebrate her
achievements, and tomorrow, we will remember them and continuously inspire from them.
Thank you to OMNIYAT and Mr. Amjad, for the determination and vision to bring The Opus to
Mahdi Amjad continued: “The design aspiration that I learned from working with Zaha changed
OMNIYAT and me forever. Her appreciation for distinct designs and her persistence to perfect
them was unbelievable and will forever be difficult to replicate.”
The Opus by OMNIYAT was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole
— taking the form of a cube. It houses the ME Dubai hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid
herself, offering architectural brilliance, with masterpieces galore, superior boutique
accommodation, sweeping city views in the cultural centre of Dubai, luxury residential and
commercial units, and some of Dubai’s premier F&B outlets. 80% of The Opus Residences have
already been sold, with handovers slated for Q1 2023. The remaining inventory will also be
released to the market soon.
The discussion and celebration were attended by architects from Zaha Hadid Architects who
flew in from the world for the occasion, as well as senior members from OMNIYAT, investors
and partners. Guests enjoyed guided tours of The Opus by OMNIYAT building. Zaha Hadid was
an Iraqi-British architect, artist and designer, recognized as a major figure in architecture of the
late 20th and early 21st centuries.