Page update - Sep 15, 2022
What's waiting for tourists at the newly opened Madame Tussauds Museum in Dubai? How to get there by cab and public transport? How much is the ticket price? Is the price justified? Read the answers on this page and see the full list of celebrities whose wax figures you can see there.
This page was updated in September 2022. And just recently, the RTA Dubai (Dubai Transport Authority) launched the new F57 bus, which runs from Jebel Ali metro station to Bluewaters Island, where Madame Tussauds Museum is located. Now it's cheaper to get to the island, although it's not so convenient. See all the details below on this page.
The Madame Tussauds Museum in Dubai opened on October 14, 2021, becoming the first such museum in the Persian Gulf and the 25th in the world.
The opening ceremony was attended by some of the stars whose figures are in the museum. For example, the Arab singer Mohammed Assaf. In the photo below (click on the photo to enlarge), together he is with his wax figure. Guess where the real one is and where the wax figure is?
There are 60 celebrity wax figures in the museum's collection. Sixteen of them are celebrities from the Arab world. There are not only real celebrities but also one computer game character. We will tell you more about him later on this page.
The museum has become the second significant landmark of the Bluewaters island along with Ain Dubai, the world's record-breaking Ferris wheel. We recommend that you consider the idea of visiting the museum and the Ferris wheel together. Read our detailed review "Ain Dubai".
Naturally, all readers already know what the Madame Tussauds Museum is all about. Therefore, we will talk first of all about the technical points. And in the second part of our page we will give a list of celebrities, whose figures are represented in the museum in Dubai.
Madame Tussauds is located on Bluewaters Island near Dubai Marina and the JBR.
If you are vacationing in the Dubai Marina area, the easiest way to get there is on foot. Walk out to JBR beach, walk west along the beach (left when facing the sea) and cross over to Bluewaters Island on the footbridge. Look out for the Ain Dubai Ferris wheel, it's big and you can see it from everywhere.
From other districts of Dubai. It's difficult to get to the island. There used to be no public transportation to Bluewaters Island. But now (since the summer of 2022) there is the F57 bus.
The first option is subway + bus. You have to take the subway to Jebel Ali station on the first (red line). See our review "Dubai Metro" for the subway map with all the latest changes and updates.
Next to the metro station is the F57 bus stop. This is the starting stop, so you can't confuse anything. Get on the bus and ride to the terminus at Bluewaters Island. The F57 bus runs non-stop. You will get there in 15 minutes or faster.
The main disadvantage is that the F57 bus runs once every half hour. You can wait a long time. If you can get on it within 30 minutes after getting off the subway, you will get on for free. If not, you will pay AED 3.5. Read about the "30 minute rule" in our review "Dubai NOL Card".
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The balanced option is the subway + cab. Take the subway to DMCC station (on the red line). See our "Dubai Metro" review for the subway map with all the latest changes.
Then you need to cross the Sheikh Zayed Road (a big road along which the subway is laid). And catch a cab to Madame Tussauds on the opposite (from the subway station) side of the road. A cab will cost 12 dirhams (minimum price for a cab ride in Dubai).
See the current dirhams (AED) exchange rates in our review "What's the money in the UAE".
Crossing the road is a must. If you catch a cab on the same side of the road as the subway, then the driver will take Sheikh Zayed Road, there will turn at the junction in the right direction, then go back. And then the cost of the trip will be not 12 dirhams, but 25-30. Do not spend extra money.
You can take a cab directly from the hotel. But we can't predict the cost of the trip in this case. Dubai is a big city, which in addition is stretched along the coast. It can be something from 12 to 90 dirhams. You can calculate the cost of travel from the distance and fares. See our review "Taxis in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah" for the current cab fares. See the distance on Google maps.
The cheapest option is cab + tram + walk. Take the Metro to DMCC station (on the red line). Then take a tram, which goes left (if you're facing the sea). Take the one stop to the Jumeirah Beach Residence 2. Then walk to Madame Tussauds, about 15 minutes. We have written about the exact walking route above.
If you vacation on Bluewaters Island, such as at the Caesars Palace Hotel (so far the only full-fledged hotel on the island). Then just walk to Madame Tussauds on foot.
135 dirhams for adults, 110 dirhams for children (ages 3-12), free for children under 3.
VIP ticket - 300 dirhams.
Tickets can be purchased at the official website madametussauds.com/dubai/ or at the ticket office at the entrance. There is not much point in buying tickets in advance, as there are very few visitors to the museum.
You can buy tickets cheaper. There are promotions, the Klook coupon website, the Smile and Entertainer apps. Read about all the ways in our review "How to have fun in Dubai with discounts".
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It's hard to answer this question. After all, the prices of tickets to Madame Tussauds in different countries differ HUGE. Let's try to compare. In Dubai, the ticket costs 135 dirhams.
In London, for example, the ticket costs 34 British pounds - that's 143 dirhams. In New York, the ticket costs USD 44 - that's 160 dirhams. Judging by these figures, the ticket in Dubai seems inexpensive. BUT, the museum in London is HUGE.
But on the other hand. In Prague, the ticket costs 250 Czech koruna - that's 37 dirhams. In Istanbul, the ticket costs 145 Turkish liras - that's 30 dirhams. And judging by these figures, tickets in Dubai are ultra-expensive.
If you look at the average, Dubai's Madame Tussauds Museum can be rated as "expensive, although there are even more expensive". Our advice! If possible, go to the Madame Tussauds Museum in another country where it will cost many times cheaper.
Sunday through Thursday - from 12 pm noon to 8 pm (12:00 to 20:00).
Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm (11:00 to 21:00).
Naturally, it is better to visit the museum on weekdays. On January 3, 2022, the United Arab Emirates switched to a new 4½-day work week. Read more in our review "Weekends and Fridays in the UAE". For a calendar of public holidays, see our review "Holidays in the UAE".
We want to warn you right away that the exhibit is aimed primarily at residents of the Arab Emirates. But not for citizens, of whom there are only about 10% in the UAE, but for expats and especially for Indians. Read our interesting review "Who lives in Dubai and the UAE - population".
And you can see this targeting right at the entrance, even before the ticket office. Visitors are greeted by a character that the vast majority of Europeans and Americans tourists do not know at all. This is Ritik Roshan, the famous Indian actor (on the photo near click on the photo to enlarge). Of course, Indians know him very well, but only Indians.
Don't be surprised if you don't recognize even half of the wax figures in the museum. But we will try to tell you about them.
Many wonder why there is no figure of the rulers of the Arab Emirates in Madame Tussauds in Dubai. Tourists who know the country expect to see Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. But nothing of the sort.
In fact, nothing surprising. After all, Islam has a negative attitude toward images of humans and animals. There used to be a total ban on images. Now photographs and portraits are treated leniently. But statues and wax figures are not very loyal. That is why there are no figures of sheikhs, but there are their portraits at the entrance. Read about all the rulers in our detailed review "Rulers of the Arab Emirates".
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Hrithik Roshan is a famous Indian actor. During his career, he has won 6 Filmfare Awards, the most honorable award in Indian cinema.
Maya Diab is a famous pop singer, actress, and TV host from Lebanon. She has been called the "fashion icon of the Arab world" even though she is a Christian.
Lady Gaga needs no introduction.
Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India. At the time this page was updated (February 2022) the incumbent.
Xi Jinping is the head of China. He is the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chairman of the PRC, and Chairman of the Military Council of the PRC. That is, he is the current (February 2022) head of the Party, the army, and the government.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Great Britain. She is now 95 years old and in perfect health. She needs no introduction. As they say, "God Save the Queen".
Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States (already former when this page was updated in February 2022). He needs no introduction.
Melania Trump is Donald Trump's wife. Looking at her wax figure is not particularly interesting. Find on the Internet a photo from GQ magazine in January 2000 as it's more interesting.
John Travolta is an American actor and real pilot, so his wax figure is dressed in a flying uniform. The only question is, why is he placed in the hall with the politicians? There is no answer.
Cara Delevingne is an English model, actress, and singer.
Kylie Jenner is an American media personality. Famous for her participation in the Kardashian reality show. She is also the youngest billionaire in history. By the way, she gave birth to her second child on February 2, 2022, for which we congratulate her.
Elie Saab is a fashion designer from Lebanon. He is internationally renowned, and his dresses have been worn by Western movie stars, artists, and royalty.
Victoria Beckham is a member of the now defunct pop group Spice Girls, wife of footballer David Beckham, designer and author of fashion brand Victoria Beckham.
Kendall Jenner is a model and media personality. Known primarily from Kardashian reality show.
Anna Wintour is Vogue Magazine's Editor in Chief since 1988. She is nicknamed "Nuclear Winter" for her style in work. The word "Winter" is consonant with the last name Wintour, hence the nickname.
Carla DiBello is famous in the Middle East, but little known outside of it. She is a publicist for Harper's Bazaar Arabia and Arab News. She has produced 11 movies and two TV shows including The Kardashian Family.
Audrey Hepburn is an actress ranked third on the list of America's great actresses. You may remember her from "Roman Holiday", "How to Steal a Million" or "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
Jackie Chan is an actor. No introduction necessary.
Tom Cruise is an actor. No introduction needed.
Vin Diesel is an actor. No introduction needed.
Spider-Man is a character from comics and movies. Needs no introduction.
Jennifer Lawrence is an actress. She is depicted in the Mockingjay costume from the Hunger Games movie. No wonder, as it's her starring role. Unfortunately, many people refer to Jennifer as a "one-role-actress". Watch the movie "Passengers" (2016), we think that her acting talent is revealed even better there.
Sir Anduin Lothar is a character from the computer games and the movie Warcraft. One of the greatest knights of men, the hero of almost all wars and important episodes.
Many tourists look at him and say, "The face is very familiar!" And it is indeed so. Anduin Lothar is depicted with the face of actor Travis Fimmel, who played the main role in the popular TV series "Vikings". The result is a two-in-one wax figure.
Bin Baz, real name Abdulaziz Al Jasmi. A comedian from Dubai (Emirati citizen) who became famous primarily through social media. He has 5.5 million followers on Instagram. Let's face it, his humor is very special.
Kris Fade is a radio host and musician from Australia. He currently lives and works in Dubai. His morning TV show is very popular. By the way, his last name is "Fade," but his wax figure is not fading, but rather smiling.
Hassan El Shafei is a producer who has worked with many famous musicians and singers in the Arab world. Popularly famous as a judge of the show-contest "Arab Idol". Very famous and popular in the UAE.
Ahmed Fahmi is an Egyptian actor. He is a former singer and member of the boy band Wama.
Wax figures of famous Indian actors are placed in this hall. Hardly any of the readers have seen their films, so we'll just list the names.
Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Salman Khan.
Many male tourists are happy when they enter this hall, rubbing their hands together and saying, "I know everyone here!" But in practice it turns out that not everyone.
Muhammad Ali - the great boxer. He needs no introduction.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese soccer player. Needs no introduction.
Lionel Messi is an Argentine soccer player. He does not need an introduction.
Lewis Hamilton is a racing driver. Seven-time champion of Formula 1. Needs no introduction.
Conor McGregor is a famous Irish fighter of the UFC.
Sergiu Toma is a judoka from Moldova. In 2013 he took UAE citizenship, that's why he was included in Dubai's Madame Tussauds Museum. There are no loud and important victories in his career. Although, he is a bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games, and for UAE sports this is a super achievement.
Yasser Al-Qahtani is a soccer player from Saudi Arabia, a local superstar. He has the title of "Asian Footballer of the Year 2007". Top scorer of the Asian Cup 2007. However, it did not help the Saudi team at the 2007 Asian Cup. They only finished second, losing to Iraq in the final.
Amna Al Haddad is a weightlifter from the UAE. Has gold medals in Asian competitions, but no achievements on the world stage. More famous as a participant in the Reebok Crossfit Games Open.
Virat Kohli is a great cricket player. For nearly 10 years he has been captain of the Indian team.
Sachin Tendulkar is another great Indian cricketer, nicknamed "God of Cricket".
Kadim Al Sahir is a singer and composer from Iraq.
Balqees Ahmed Fathi is a singer from the UAE. She has released four albums, and there is not much else to say about her.
Mohammed Assaf is a Palestinian singer, winner of the second season of Arab Idol. Now (2022) he is just at the peak of his popularity - he is releasing many singles and video clips.
Will Smith is a singer and actor. No introduction necessary.
Justin Bieber is a singer. No introduction needed.
Justin Timberlake is a singer and actor. No introduction needed.
Rihanna is a singer. No introduction needed.
David Beckham is a former soccer player. No introduction needed. We wonder why he's not in the sports hall. We also wonder why they were separated from their spouses.
Pharrell Williams is a famous American rapper and singer. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner. And by the way, he is also an actor and an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for Hidden Figures.
Nancy Ajram, singer from Lebanon, named the "Queen of Arabic Pop".
Miley Cyrus is an American singer and actress. She has more than 20 movies and TV series under her belt. The wax figure is upstairs, on the ball under the ceiling, so not all visitors notice it.
That's the whole list. Decide for yourself - will these celebrities be of interest to you personally?
- It is forbidden to bring food and drinks inside. Although, the security guards do not inspect belongings;
- There are sometimes promotions and discounts on the site. Before buying the ticket at the ticket office, it is better to look at the official website, maybe the tickets are cheaper there. But for this you need a mobile Internet. Read our review "Internet in the UAE - how to get cheaper".
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