Madame Tussauds opens its 25th venue in Dubai

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Time is running out, the countdown has really started and the wait is almost over. From October 14, Madame Tussauds Dubai will officially open its doors to the public for the first time. It will be an attraction that truly represents the fascinating world of glamor, sport, music and entertainment under one roof.

Without a doubt one of the region’s most exciting and anticipated launches this year, the Dubai edition of the world-famous wax attraction is the first of its kind in the GCC and the 25e edition of the attraction on a global scale. The UAE’s latest must-see hotspot will welcome guests seven days a week and boasts a stunning location within bustling island destination Bluewaters, adjacent to the world’s largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai.

To celebrate the launch, Madame Tussauds Dubai is running a special preview ticket offer where guests can book and tour the attraction to get an inside look on the 8th.e and 9e October.

With seven specially designed themed rooms (including a party area with an interactive dance floor) and an incredible wax figure library that reads like a Who’s Who of international superstars, a visit to Madame Tussauds Dubai has something for it all. the world and is meant to delight all ages. The character lineup includes sports heroes like Connor McGregor, historical figures like the Queen of England, models like Cara Delevingne and many more. The iconic attraction will host 60 celebrities from around the world, including 16 brand new figures from the Middle East.

I conducted an exclusive interview for TBEN.com with a spokesperson for Dubai Tourism, and here’s what I was told. Enjoy!

Can you tell me a bit about the process of making a wax figure?

Madame Tussauds opened in 1835 in London and has nearly 200 years of heritage. Each Madame Tussauds figurine is made thanks to the know-how of sculptors who use the same techniques as the famous Marie Tussaud. To create a single lifelike silhouette, 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 coats of paints to enhance skin tones. , and more. This whole process achieves the incredible resemblance that has made Madame Tussauds world famous for over two centuries. Time and skill is also reflected in the value of each figure, which can cost up to AED 700,000 (around $ 190,000) depending on the details required.

What are the seven specially designed themed rooms?

Madame Tussauds Dubai offers themed experiences such as: Music Festival, Fashion, Film, Leaders, Bollywood, Sports and Media.

For example, here’s just a little taste of what you’ll find in the fashion world. You will make your way through a gallery of mirrors made of crystals. Enter the bling-tastic mirrored jewelry box room and snap a photo while swinging on a giant pearl necklace. Next, get on the cover of a world famous fashion magazine, before meeting British fashion sensation Victoria Beckham. Step onto the catwalk and pose in avant-garde fashion clothes for Anna Wintour and hear what she thinks, before going to meet the model of the century, Cara Delevingne. If you are a Jenner fan then get excited because you can get up close and personal with sisters Kendall and Kylie and take the ultimate selfie. The room couldn’t be complete without icons from the region – you can stand by your side and take a selfie with one of the Middle East’s most successful beauty entrepreneurs, Huda Kattan, or pose with best friend and Kim Kardashian’s businesswoman, Carla Di Bello. That’s not all, you may even have the chance to meet Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab.

What about Hollywood?

Light, camera, action! Step into the world of Hollywood and feel like a movie star. Explore the various giant film reels in the room to see different films that you can enter and be a part of. Join Audrey Hepburn for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment, when you can put on the diamond necklaces and fur shawls, and feel the glamor. Star alongside the incredible Spider Man as you cling to a building above Dubai, before being part of an epic chase with Tom Cruise as you join him in the back of his motorbike.

Then, weave your way through the fascinating world of Bollywood where you will be amazed by the spectacular secret garden, full of flowers and colors. You will be amazed by all the famous Indian A-listers and you can even star in your own Bollywood music video and show off your best moves with the interactive digital screen.

In the gym, you can experience the ultimate celebrity experience, from optical illusions to layered 2D graphic backgrounds to freeze yourself in the most epic sports shots. Upon entering the sports arena, you are immediately transported to different kinds of sports. Step into the ring with Muhammad Ali and pretend to be hit by a punch. To celebrate the region’s most notable athletes, the gym features three notable personalities who put the UAE on the global sports map. For example, you can admire and watch Emirati weightlifter Amna Al Haddad lift a bar filled with weights and snap a photo with one of the region’s most iconic footballers and Saudi national, Yasser Al Qahtani.

And the world of music?

You are invited to a very exclusive party of the century where only the most famous movie stars and musicians will be seen. In the center of the room is the Jewel of the Oasis – an interactive dance floor where guests can show off their best moves and pose for great photos. After admiring Miley Cyrus and her glittering wrecking ball, head to the selfie of your life with Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake – they’re all waiting for you to come and take your best shot. .

Tell me a bit about Bluewaters, the bustling island destination where Madame Tussauds Dubai is located.

Bluewaters blend residential, commercial, hotel, leisure and entertainment experiences. The idyllic waterfront destination benefits from multimodal transportation options that offer tourists and residents the option of reaching the island by land or sea.

Good visit ! And while you are in Dubai, take my advice and head to the famous Gold Souk where you will be in awe of the many 18K, 22K and 24K options galore!

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