Already established as one of the most eagerly anticipated openings of 2021, Madame Tussauds Dubai has today offered a further tantalising glimpse of what visitors have to look forward to by revealing its first Middle East wax figure, the much-loved Emirati-Yemeni music star, Balqees Fathi.
With her unique combination of talent, beauty, glamour, strong work ethic and dedication to championing women’s rights, Balqees is an apt and much-deserved addition to the iconic Madame Tussauds attraction. Since rising to fame in 2013, she has enjoyed huge musical success, releasing three record-breaking albums and travelling the globe as a UAE NSO Symphony Orchestra member.
Meanwhile, her latest hit, “Entaha”, is already being touted as ‘the song for summer 2021 in the Arab world. What sets Balqees apart further, though, and makes her recognition here all the more deserving, is her pioneering commitment to gender equality and supporting women.
In what has been described as a magical moment, Balqees met her wax figure for the very first time at a special ‘side by side’ unveiling held in partnership with Madame Tussauds at the immersive luxury lifestyle resort, Caesars Palace Dubai, which is at the heart of Bluewaters Island.
Balqees Fathi, singer comments, “I feel privileged to be the first Arab artist to stand side by side my wax figure at the iconic “Madame Tussauds”- Dubai. I am overwhelmed with the incredible likeness that this wax figure holds to my physical appearance and the impeccable attention to detail that captures my personality. I cannot wait for people to visit Madame Tussauds and to finally be able to enjoy this unique experience in the Arab world.”
Dressed in an exquisite, fittingly opulent gown and with her trademark glowing smile, Balqees’ wax figure cleverly captures both her looks and personality. At the same time, the accolade itself cements her position as a member of Arab music royalty. Balqees’ figure will be amongst the most famous movie stars and musicians from around the globe in the extravagant, A-list party room, which is styled as a glamorous desert oasis. Guest can pose with Balqees before hitting the jewel of the room, the interactive dance floor, and show off their best moves while the DJ plays the latest hits.
Sanaz Kollsrud, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Dubai, comments, “We are thrilled to reveal our first side-by-side and offer a glimpse into the magic that is Madame Tussauds. Balqees is a music icon from the region, and we can’t wait for our guests to meet her and feel the fame when they step into the attraction when it opens this year.”
A huge amount of effort went into crafting Balqees’ incredibly lifelike wax figure and saw a team of expert Madame Tussauds’ sculptors travelling to Dubai to document 500 of her precise measurements, before setting to work back in London, spending three months crafting the figure by hand and even inserting real hair, strand by strand.
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Located within the popular island destination Bluewaters, Madame Tussauds Dubai is the first-ever Madame Tussauds experience in the GCC. It is one of the most talked-about and highly anticipated attractions to come to the UAE.
Now, the wait is nearly over. The world-renowned attraction is set to open its doors later this year. It will provide an interactive experience like no other, giving visitors the unique opportunity to rub shoulders with their favourite celebrities, experience a taste of fame and take photographs with 60 global stars, including 16 brand new figures from the Middle East.
Whether those that visit are tourists or residents, fans of sport, movies, music, history buffs or political experts, the family-orientated attraction will offer something for everyone, not to mention the ultimate selfie opportunity.
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