According to Arab News, London’s famous waxwork museum has opened its first outpost in the Gulf region in Dubai, coinciding with the influx of tourists for Expo 2020.
The Dubai edition of Madame Tussauds which was officially launched in 1835 is the 25th version of the celebrated wax figure attraction internationally, and also the very first of its kind in the GCC.
The famous attraction has a total of 16 figures from the Middle East region. These include talents from the music industry such as Lebanese singers Nancy Ajram and Maya Diab and athletes that were made exclusively for the branch in Dubai.
“At the moment, Madame Tussauds has 25 wax attractions around the world, including the US, Europe, and Asia. I’m sure that the brand will look at opportunities to expand at a later stage,” Sanaz Kollsrud, general manager of Madame Tussauds Dubai.
The Dubai branch has 60 sculptures of global stars, including football greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, India cricket star Virat Kohli, F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and UFC star Conor McGregor. While additional Middle East personalities could join the list of famous Arab figures on display at Madame Tussauds Dubai.
“We listen to our customers; we listen to their feedback. So, we will always be updating the figures and enhancing the products,” Sanaz Kollsrud, told Arab News.
Dubai has been a perfect choice for the Middle East branch, as it is a global tourist destination. The general manager said the museum is also located near a major attraction in the city, Ain Dubai, and is surrounded by a variety of retail and dining options.
The UAE is the place to be at the moment for travelers across the globe. Expo 2020 and the T20 World Cup are already underway, with the upcoming UFC and Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix only adding to the status of the Emirates as a top destination for any visitor.