They’re swapping their stethoscopes for instruments of a different kind…

The idea of an orchestra made up entirely of doctors might sound like the basis of a new TV show – think Glee crossed with Grey’s Anatomy.

But it’s a real thing. And it’s coming to Dubai.

On March 22, the World Doctors Orchestra will make its Dubai Opera debut, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

Founded in 2007, the orchestra is made up of physicians from more than 50 countries, many of whom have a professional musical background (as well as a medical one).

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The orchestra uses its talents to raise funds for medical projects, and in Dubai, they will be raising money for the Al Jalila Foundation, with 100 per cent of proceeds going towards its healthcare programs.

Classical music fans can look forward to performances of music written by composers such as Beethoven and Mendelssohn, as well as the world premiere of a piece titled Positive Spirit, inspired by a poem by Sheikh Mohammed.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

A night of culture for a great cause? Sounds good to us. Tickets are available via the Dubai Opera website, starting from Dhs250.

Dubai Opera, March 22, 8pm, tickets from Dhs250. More info on website.

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