10 Arab Personalities We Hope To See At Dubai’s Madame Tussauds
We love to see it! Whose wax figure you'd love to meet?
Madame Tussauds is an international establishment with its waxwork museums all over the world, from New York and London to Hong Kong.
The very first one to open in the Middle East will be in Dubai later this year, but there are talks of a Madame Tussauds to open in Saudi Arabia rather soon too - fingers crossed!
To open a branch of the infamous wax museum in Dubai had first been an idea explored in 2008, when the city was seeing large numbers of tourists visiting year on year.
Located in Dubai’s Bluewaters Island, the museum is rumored to feature around 60 world famous personalities, with 16 of them being from the Arab region. We can expect to see the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kylie Jenner and a host of Bollywood celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan. There is little information about which Arab celebrities and people of importance will be immortalized into lifelike wax figures, apart from pop stars, Nancy Ajram and Maya Diab.
With no further inclinations who might be on the cards, we’ve selected 10 Arab VIPs that we want to be papped with…
Known to be “one of the most influential media personalities in the Middle East,” Lojain Omran is the Saudi Arabian television presenter made it to number 55 in prestigious American business magazine Forbes‘s 2017 list of 100 Arabic celebrities.
This Lebanese actress turned filmmaker is the female icon we aspire to. Talented and beautiful, Labaki’s films have been nominated for prestigious Academy Awards.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
This one goes without saying, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its Minister of Defence, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. The ultimate leader.
Lubna Suliman Olayan is a Saudi business woman listed as one of the top 100 most influential people of 2005 by Time magazine, and continued to be on the Forbes list of most powerful women until 2011 and returned to the list in 2014.
Our favorite skincare and makeup mogul, Huda Kattan should be immortalized for her contributions to the beauty industry, her entrepreneurial spirit and her dedication to the environment and humanitarian causes.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Not only is she beautiful and always immaculately dressed, Queen Rania of Jordan has become known for her advocacy work related to education, health, community empowerment, youth, cross-cultural dialogue and micro-finance.
Saudi Princess Ameerah Al- Taweel
Princess Ameerah Al- Taweel is a famous philanthropist and active humanitarian who focuses on empowering women’s rights and supporting a wide range of humanitarian interests in Saudi Arabia and across the world.
Amr Diab is an Egyptian singer, composer, and actor, and launched his singing career with a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms. He became the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern artist to make high-tech music videos with his 2014 album Shoft El Ayam peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums Charts, making him the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern performer to accomplish such a feat.
Hussein Al Jassmi
Hussein Al Jassmi is an Emirati pianist, composer, and singer, and the first Arab to perform in the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert. He also received the Lebanese Murex d’Or Best Arabic Male Singer award in 2008.
The late Umm Kulthum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress active from the 1920s to the 1970s. Umm Kulthum, who was given the honorific title Kawkab al-Sharq, stood out for her vocal ability and unique style.