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Madame Tussauds opens museum in Dubai, first in the Arab world

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London’s renowned waxwork museum Madame Tussauds opened this week its first outpost in the Arab world in Dubai, which hopes to attract millions of tourists to Expo 2020.

The brand, which began life in London where it boasts 250 wax sculptures that draw millions of visitors annually, also has smaller branches in the US, Europe and Asia.

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Madame Tussauds has announced it will open to the public on October 14 in Bluewaters, next to Ain Dubai. Pictured is a waxwork of Kylie Jenner. (Supplied)
Madame Tussauds has announced it will open to the public on October 14 in Bluewaters, next to Ain Dubai. Pictured is a waxwork of Kylie Jenner. (Supplied)

“We have opened our doors on the 14th of October this year very close to Expo 2020,” Sanaz Kollsrud, general manager of Dubai’s Madame Tussauds, told AFP. “We expect many visitors locally and internationally to come in. “We have chosen the talents that are relevant and popular in the region.”

The Dubai branch displayed 60 sculptures of “global stars”, including football sensation Lionel Messi and pop singer Rihanna. And about 15 were from the region including Lebanese pop stars Nancy Ajram and Maya Diab.



With only limited oil reserves, the emirate of Dubai has been focusing on the development of tourism and the entertainment sector. Dubai is counting on the six-month Expo 2020 Dubai -- which opened on October 1 after a one-year delay -- to attract millions of visitors and boost its pandemic-hit economy.

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