While the possibility of you posing for a photo next to your favourite celebrity might not happen anytime soon (thanks to the pandemic), Dubai is getting the next best thing–an upcoming Madame Tussauds museum. By Meenakshi Maidas
Merlin Entertainments has announced the opening of the first ever Madame Tussauds in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) right in The Pearl of the Gulf, an official press release informs. Backed by 200-years’ worth of heritage, this novel wax attraction will open in Bluewaters, Dubai’s premier waterfront location. Situated next to Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel, the place is set to become one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Emirate.
Madame Tussauds In Dubai
The much-awaited museum will house wax statues of 60 global stars, including 16 from the Middle East. The press release further announces that the museum will feature celebrities from different backgrounds like glamour, music, sports and entertainment. The museum will be divided into seven themed rooms; from Cara Delevingne to Cristiano Ronaldo–you will have plenty of options to choose from. You will be able to get a photograph alongside Shah Rukh Khan doing his iconic pose or even take a pouty selfie with Kylie Jenner!
“It is a thrilling experience to bring the iconic Madame Tussauds to the UAE. This will be the 25th edition of our wax attraction and will be a first in the GCC,” says Sanaz Kollsrud, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Dubai, in the press release.
From its first ever opening at Baker Street, London in 1835, Madame Tussauds has come a long way. The sculptors at Madame Tussauds still use the techniques used by founder Marie Tussauds to create amazing figures. With 500 exact body measurements, inserting real hair by strand, and applying paint to get the correct skin tone, an artist takes 12 weeks in total to craft a wax figure.
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