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Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera is a 350-person restaurant, bar and courtyard in the heart of bustling Dubai, with direct views of the Burj Khalifa. The conceptual framework revolved around Chef Sean Connolly’s oceanic Australian and New Zealand food vision and influence. Conceived as an underwater salon, the bistro explores the colours and tones of the sea, oyster, sea cliff and coastal escarpment. Coupled with this are architectural reference points to 20th-century modernism, geometries from Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center and Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.