Madame Tussauds Dubai opening on October 14: First-ever in the GCC

Madame Tussauds Dubai opening on October 14: First-ever in the GCC

The first-ever Madame Tussauds is slated to open in Dubai within the popular island destination, Bluewaters. Located next to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel, it will enhance the vibrant destination’s position as one of Dubai’s most attractive tourism destinations. The experience promises to leave tourists and residents feeling amazed, making unforgettable memories with them. It is set to be an attraction that represents the fascinating world of glamour, sport, music, entertainment all under one roof.

With wax figures of over 60 celebrities on showcase, Madam Tussauds Dubai gives you a chance to take selfies with Queen Elizabeth II, Kylie Jenner and Shahrukh Khan.

As per their website, within seven themed rooms, guests can step into a Bollywood movie and take a picture with the Badshah of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, or make the impossible possible by taking a selfie with the beauty queen herself, Kylie Jenner. And that’s not all, guests can feel like a supermodel and have a once in lifetime experience posing next to Cara Delevingne and can even show off their football skills next to the legend, Christiano Ronaldo.

Meike Lippert, Senior Divisional Director Midway Europe and Global New Openings, Merlin Entertainments, the operator of Madame Tussauds, comments, “As one of the world leaders in location-based entertainment, we are delighted to be launching the first-ever Madame Tussauds in the GCC, Dubai, later this year. In addition to well-known global figures, the new Madame Tussauds will also be home to figures celebrated in the Middle East including Nancy Ajram and Maya Diab, alongside other figures which we will announce very soon. The new attraction will provide an immersive and exhilarating experience for visitors to enjoy the famous world of renowned celebrities and personalities”

With over 24 attractions in the world’s top destination cities, Madame Tussauds gives millions of visitors the chance to rub shoulders with the mighty from A-listers to music legends, heroes of sports, to infamous world leaders. The attraction continues to partner with the global icons of a generation to create astonishing lifelike figures from sittings and offer exciting and interactive experiences to ensure guests have never felt closer to fame.

Sanaz Kollsrud, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Dubai comments, “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. We intend to bring a whole new entertainment experience to the exciting portfolio of attractions in Dubai and cement Bluewaters’ position as a global tourist destination.”

A bit more about Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds first opened its doors in 1835 in London, and has nearly 200 years of heritage. Each figure at Madame Tussauds is created using the expertise of sculptors who use the same techniques as the famous Marie Tussaud. To create a single life like figure it takes an artist 12 weeks in total, and during that time they document 500 precise body measurements, insert real hair strand by strand, apply countless layers of paints to build up the skin tones, and more. This entire process helps to achieve the incredible likeness that has made Madame Tussauds world renowned for over two centuries. The time and craftsmanship is also reflected in the value of the figure, which can cost up to a whopping AED 700,000 (GBP 150,000) depending on the detail required.

Watch the video below for the behind-the-scenes sculpting of Zain Malik’s wax figure at Madame Tussuads.

Babar Siddiqui

Creative by nature and adventurous by choice, Babar, Features Editor of, enjoys indulging in the simple pleasures of life. If not found penning articles on environment, culture and technology, he enjoys spending time pondering in the midst of nature.

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