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Balqees Fathi Becomes the First Arab Star to Have Her Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Dubai

Balqees Fathi photographed by Sandra Chidiac for Vogue Arabia

Balqees Fathi‘s fans will soon be able to pose with her as she becomes the first Arab star to have her wax figure revealed at the Madame Tussauds Dubai. The Emirati-Yemeni singer Fathi met her wax figure for the first time today (August 17) at a side-by-side unveiling held at luxury resort Caesars Palace Dubai, Bluewaters Island.

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Crafting Fathi’s lifelike wax figure saw a team of Madame Tussauds’ sculptors traveling to Dubai to document 500 of her precise measurements, before setting to work back in London, spending three months handcrafting the figure and inserting real hair strand by strand. It will stand among the some of the most renowned global actors and musicians in an A-list party room where visitors can pose with the figure before hitting an interactive dance floor with a DJ.


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“I feel privileged to be the first Arab artist to stand side by side my wax figure at the iconic Madame Tussauds Dubai,” said Fathi. “I am overwhelmed with the incredible likeness that this wax figure holds to my physical appearance and to the impeccable attention to detail that captures my personality. I cannot wait for people to visit Madame Tussauds and to finally be able to enjoy this unique experience in the Arab world.” Since rising to fame in 2013, Fathi has released three albums, joined the UAE NSO Symphony Orchestra, and also launched her own beauty brand, Bex.

Located next to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel, Madame Tussauds Dubai is the first Madame Tussauds experience in the Gulf. The world-renowned attraction is set to open its doors later this year and will let visitors take photographs with 60 global stars, including 16 new figures from the Middle East.

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