LIFESTYLE | Art & Culture

Madame Tussauds Dubai Is Now Open To The Public

By Hanane Tabet
14 Oct,2021

All eyes were on Bluewaters Island today as Madame Tussauds Dubai opened to the public for the first time. Excitement levels have been building for months now and the wait is finally over as Emirati athlete, and Olympic weightlifter Amna Al Haddad, as well as radio host and serial entrepreneur Kris Fade cut the official ceremony ribbon and declared the attraction open.

Established in London in 1835, Madame Tussauds is a global institution and this hugely anticipated launch represents a truly special moment for the region. The Dubai edition is not only the 25th venue of the celebrated wax figure attraction internationally, but the very first of its kind in the GCC.

Let’s take a look inside, shall we? With seven themed zones to explore and over 60 amazingly lifelike wax figures to discover (including 16 all-new figures from the Middle East such as Maya Diab), Madame Tussauds Dubai is the perfect destination for a family day out (ideal for the upcoming half-term holidays), exciting date night or fun place for a group of friends to gather and take selfies galore.

Bringing together handcrafted, like-for-like figures from the worlds of movies and television, sport and science, music, history, art, pop culture, politics and more, Madame Tussauds Dubai is quite simply a one-of-a-kind destination. The Leaders & Royals Room, the first zone in the attraction, sets the tone for a memorable trip and gives visitors the opportunity to encounter royalty, world leaders and iconic public and political figures from both past and present. Enjoying afternoon tea with British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, meeting India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Taj Mahal and stepping on board an Airforce One replica and meeting Donald Trump are just a few of the many highlights this area has to offer.



Vin Diesel


If you’re a fashion girl like me, the Fashion zone is a space where your ambitions can come true. Filled with a who’s who of runway icons (all of them impeccably dressed, of course), you can admire the queen of British style, Victoria Beckham, put-together a couture-inspired outfit for Anna Wintour’s approval, play at being BFFs with supercool Cara Delevingne, strike a pose with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, take a selfie with the fabulous Carla Di Bello and come face to face with Lebanese fashion designer, Elie Saab.



Audrey Hepburn


Movie enthusiasts will love the fully immersive Film area where they can experience life on the silver screen. How about getting up close and pulling up a chair next to Audrey Hepburn for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment or try something rather more energetic, such as joining Tom Cruise in a high-octane race, scaling the length of Dubai with Spider-Man or debuting a few martial arts moves watched over by the master himself, Jackie Chan?

In the Media zone, savvy social media fans will get an exclusive backstage pass that gives them the chance to get up close and personal with some of the Middle East’s most-loved celebrities, including everyone’s favorite radio personality, the ever affable and always engaging Kris Fade, YouTube phenomenon Bin Baz, Arab Idol presenter, singer and actor Ahmed Fahmi, as well as the musical maverick and Arab Idol judge, Hassan El Shafei.



Shah Rukh Khan


The Bollywood area at Madame Tussauds reflects this colorful world entirely: guests can make their way through a spectacular secret garden awash with plants and flowers, before starring in a bespoke Bollywood music video and debuting their best moves in front of an interactive digital screen. After that, it’s time to get better acquainted with true Bollywood royalty, think spitting image wax figures of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Madhuri Dixit.



Katrina Kaif


Sports enthusiasts are likely to be staggered by the cutting edge, entirely immersive Sports room and will be able to kick off the experience by taking a penalty alongside football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, throwing a well-aimed punch at the legendary Muhammad Ali or posing on an F1 winner’s podium as Lewis Hamilton watches on. Visitors can also stop and admire the strength and tenacity of Emirati weightlifter Amna Al Haddad (and lift a dummy weight alongside her) and check out the wax figure of UAE-representing Olympian Sergiu Toma is also not be missed.

The Music A List Party meanwhile is the coolest, most exclusive spot in town and offers a fitting finale to any Madame Tussauds visit. Guests are invited to shimmy through a palm tree-fringed archway and dance away amongst a glittering array of regional and international stars, including the exceptional singer Kadim Al Sahir, the celebrated performer Mohammed Assaf, the much-loved Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram, Emirati-Yemeni women’s rights activist and music sensation Balqees Fathi, global superstars Will Smith, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and more.

The wait to experience all this and so much more is now over: Madame Tussauds Dubai is open seven days a week and tickets can be purchased at the attraction or on the official website Adults (11+) AED135, Children (3-11) AED110, Under 3s- free of charge).


Opening hours:

Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 8pm (last entry 7.45pm)

Friday, Saturday & Public Holidays 10am-8pm (last entry 7.45pm)