DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – In the United Arab Emirates, home to the only Trump-branded golf course in the region, whose rulers for years cultivated warm ties with former US President Donald Trump is once again at the center. of attention.
Not the real Trump, who has kept a relatively low profile since losing re-election last year, but a wax version of Trump and his wife Melania. The two are among some of the stars at Dubai’s new Madame Tussauds, the wax statue museum for tourists known for its celebrity portraits that ceremonially opened its first branch in the Middle East on Wednesday.RELATED
The luxurious wax temple located on a small man-made island off Dubai unveiled 60 celebrities and leaders, from a sultry Kylie Jenner to a beaming Chinese President Xi Jinping, along with a handful of Bollywood dance stars in various poses. of dance.
The Trump figure, in his trademark red tie, is sitting at a desk staring down at his smartphone, while an elegant wax figure of former first lady Melania stands beside him in a cobalt blue dress, her classic look. during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“It looks very real, but it’s not orange enough,” said 27-year-old visitor Marwa al-Haddad after taking a selfie.
The Madame Tussauds Dubai wax figures were created over six months by a team of 20 artists in a London studio, where wax was poured into metal frames and then sculpted from clay. Each strand of real human hair was methodically implanted with needles.
During his presidency, Trump was considered a close friend in the capital of Abu Dhabi. Gulf Arab sheiks welcomed Trump’s policies in the region, including his tougher line with Iran, when he pulled the United States out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. In Dubai, the striking Trump International Golf Club, developed by DAMAC Properties, stretches from the center of a luxurious complex of luxury apartments and villas.
To design the collection, the Madame Tussauds team conducted an extensive popular poll to determine who potential visitors would like to see the most. President Joe Biden is not currently on display, but a company spokesman said he could appear at some point in the future.