Madame Tussauds Dubai Officially Opens
All eyes were on the vibrant, multi-faceted lifestyle destination Bluewaters Island as Madame Tussauds Dubai opened to the public for the first time. Excitement levels have been building for months now and reached a fitting crescendo pioneering Emirati athlete and Olympic weightlifter Amna Al Haddad, as well as a radio host and serial entrepreneur Kris Fade were given the honour of cutting the official ceremony ribbon and declaring the attraction open, in an atmosphere that can only be described as electric.
Established in London in 1835, Madame Tussauds is nothing short of a global institution, and this hugely anticipated launch represents an extraordinary moment for the region. The Dubai edition is the 25th version of the celebrated wax figure attraction internationally, but the very first of its kind in the GCC and introduces something entirely new and unique to the regional entertainment landscape.
Madame Tussauds Dubai is quite simply bringing together handcrafted, like-for-like figures from the worlds of movies and television, sport and science, music, history, art, pop culture, politics and more one-of-a-kind destination.
With seven themed zones to explore and over 60 amazingly lifelike wax figures to discover (including 16 all-new figures from the Middle East, such as Maya Diab), the attraction will intrigue and delight all ages and is the perfect destination for a family day out (ideal for the upcoming half-term holidays), exciting date night or a fun place for a group of friends to gather and take selfies galore.
Ambitious in scale and cutting edge in its offering, Madame Tussauds Dubai is intended to impress and amaze, and guests are encouraged to get immersed in every area at their own pace. The Leaders & Royals Room, the first zone in the attraction, sets the tone for a memorable trip and allows visitors to encounter royalty, world leaders and iconic public and political figures from both past and present.
Enjoying afternoon tea with British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, meeting India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Taj Mahal and stepping onboard an Airforce One replica and meeting Donald Trump are just a few of the many highlights this area has to offer.
For those that dream of strutting their stuff on the catwalk or appearing on the cover of an esteemed fashion magazine, the Fashion zone is a space where those ambitions can come true. Filled with a who's who of runway icons (all of them impeccably dressed, of course), here keen fashionistas can admire the queen of British style, Victoria Beckham, put together a couture-inspired outfit for Anna Wintour's approval, play at being BFFs with supercool Cara Delevingne, strike a pose with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, take a selfie with the fabulous Carla Di Bello and come face to face with Lebanese fashion designer, Elie Saab.
Movie buffs, meanwhile, can see their fantasies become a reality as they step into the fully immersive Film area and experience life on the silver screen. Guests can get up close and pull up a chair next to Audrey Hepburn for a Breakfast at Tiffany's moment or try something rather more energetic, such as join Tom Cruise in a high-octane race, scaling the length of Dubai with Spider-Man or debuting a few martial arts moves watched over by the master himself, Jackie Chan.