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Merlin launches the GCC’s first Madame Tussauds in Dubai

Merlin Entertainments has launched its first Madame Tussauds in the GCC, located in Bluewaters Island, Dubai.

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Merlin Entertainments has launched its first Madame Tussauds in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), located in Bluewaters Island, Dubai’s leading waterfront destination.

Madame Tussauds Dubai is Merlin’s 25th wax figure attraction, and its first standalone Midway attraction to open in the region. Merlin also operates Legoland Dubai Resort.

Merlin’s latest destination is ambitious in scale. It features cutting-edge technology and immersive experiences, as well as 60 wax stars, including 16 new wax figures from the Middle East region.

The ‘Leaders’ area, the Merlin attraction’s first zone, is a space for wax figures of royalty, world leaders and iconic public and political figures, past and present.

Bluewaters Island, Dubai attraction

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Here, visitors will meet Queen Elizabeth II at afternoon tea, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in the Taj Mahal, and Donald Trump inside an Airforce One replica.

The ‘Fashion’ zone is home to catwalk icons, including wax figures of Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour, Cara Delevingne, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab.

The ‘Film’ zone is an immersive area that houses Audrey Hepburn having Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Tom Cruise, Spider-Man, and Jackie Chan.

At the ‘Media’ zone, guests can meet some of the Middle East’s most popular celebrities, including radio personality Kris Fade, YouTube star Bin Baz, and Arab Idol presenter, singer and actor Ahmed Fahmi.

Merlin’s 25th wax figure venue

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The world of ‘Bollywood’ is a sensory experience, featuring a spectacular secret garden brimming with plants and flowers. Guests will also star in a Bollywood music video.

Bollywood royalty at this zone includes wax figures of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Madhuri Dixit.

The ‘Sports’ room allows guests to take a penalty alongside footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, throw a punch at Muhammad Ali, and pose with Lewis Hamilton.

Over at ‘Music Party’, guests are invited to dance with regional and international stars such as singer Kadim Al Sahir, performer Mohammed Assaf, Will Smith, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber.

Images: Merlin Entertainments

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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