Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is coming to Dubai!
You’ve probably seen countless pictures of your friends posing beside famous faces, only to realise on closer inspection that they aren’t arm-in-arm with the real-life David Beckham, or smiling for a selfie with Kim Kardashian. No, they’re at Madame Tussauds, the famous waxwork museum in London, fooling us all with snaps beside startlingly lifelike models.
Good news if you live in the UAE – soon, you won’t need to travel abroad to trick your friends, as Merlin Entertainments has confirmed that a Madame Tussauds museum will open in Dubai next year. Dubai is set to gain from the international success of the famous Madame Tussauds museums when the company behind the waxworks brand brings the attraction to the UAE.
The museum is expected to open its doors in Autumn 2018 on Bluewaters island, next to the Dubai Eye Ferris wheel. There are Madame Tussauds museums in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New York and Las Vegas, featuring hundreds of realistic models of A-list stars, which are kept up-to-date by skilled teams of waxwork artists. There are also plans for a museum in New Delhi, India, which is also expected to open next year.
The first wax museum was established in London with smaller museums in a number of other major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussauds. It has always been a major tourist attraction, displaying the waxworks of famous and historic peoples, political figures as well as film characters. The museum’s origins date back almost 350 years. France-born Marie Tussaud’s mother worked for a doctor in Bern, Switzerland, who was skilled in wax modelling and taught the young Ms Tussaud the art. She created her first wax sculpture in 1777 of Voltaire.