Madame Tussauds will open its first wax museum in the Middle East in Dubai

Madame Tussauds Museum Dubai

Dubai plans to open this year a Madame Tussauds museum of wax figures, the first in the Middle East, with some of its most popular reproductions and other new ones of famous people from the region, the company that owns the emblematic museums reported on Tuesday. Merlin Entertainment.

“We are delighted to launch the first Madame Tussauds museum in the Arabian Gulf in Dubai later this year,” said Meiki Lippert, director responsible for global new openings at Merlin, according to a company statement.

The museum branch, which will be added to the one inaugurated in 2017 by the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, will be located next to the Ain Dubai (the Dubai Eye), the largest panoramic Ferris wheel in the world.

The new tourist attraction will feature 60 wax figures of celebrities, including 16 new representations of personalities from the region, among which Lippert currently previewed Lebanese singers Nancy Ajram and Maya Diab.

The museum will have seven themed rooms in which visitors can be photographed with replicas of a Bollywood star or a socialite like Kylie Jenner, said the manager.

Merlin Entertainment explained in its statement that each wax statue requires about 12 weeks of work and can cost up to $208,000 (about 175,000 euros at current exchange rates).

Madame Tussauds first opened its doors in London in 1835 and now has more than 20 branches around the world, displaying wax figures of famous people created with the same technique used by the well-known artist Marie Tussaud. two centuries ago.