Thursday 21 October 2021

Mohammed Assaf with his wax figure

Arab singing sensation Assaf at Madame Tussauds Dubai

DUBAI, September 1, 2021

Excitement surrounding Madame Tussauds Dubai's launch has hit dizzying heights with the news of Arab singing sensation, recording artist and humanitarian Mohammed Assaf joining the star-studded ensemble.
He was introduced to his wax figure during a ‘side by side’ unveiling held in partnership between Madame Tussauds and Ain Dubai, according to a press release. 
The pop music star was also given the honour of being the first celebrity to step foot inside one of Ain Dubai’s 48 uber-luxurious cabins. Ain Dubai is the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel standing at over 250 metres located next to Madame Tussauds Dubai.
Assaf has captured hearts and enthralled fans ever since the Palestinian singer won the second series of Arab Idol in 2013. His rags-to-riches story was later turned into the 2015 biopic The Idol, directed by renowned filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad.
Reflecting on his career Assaf said: “I do feel that I have a responsibility towards my people to carry their voices, their dreams, their hopes to the world so they can be heard.”
Born Mohammad Jaber Abdul Rahman Assaf on September 1, 1989 in Misrata, Libya, from the age of four he grew up in the overcrowded Khan Yunis refugee camp on the Gaza Strip. The star has used his success as a force for good and a means for raising awareness about the Palestinian cause. 
His hard work and commitment to his home country have been well recognised; in 2013 Assaf was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Peace by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the Palestinian government also named him an Ambassador of Arts and Culture.
His most recent album ‘Stories about Palestine’ is described as a message of love to his home country and loyal fans and now that his figure will appear at Madame Tussauds Dubai, visitors will be able to share his journey.
Assaf added: “Today marks a very special occasion as I got to uncover my wax figure. I am very happy to be featured among some of the biggest names in the world at Madame Tussauds when it opens later this year in the beautiful city of Dubai.”
Decked out in one of his exquisite suits, which he donated to Madame Tussauds, Assaf’s figure will have a permanent spot in the A-list party rooms in the world. 
Madame Tussauds Dubai General Manager Sanaz Kollsrud said: “It’s an honour to reveal our second side-by-side figure and offer a glimpse into the magic that is Madame Tussauds. Assaf is a true star of the Arab world, and we can’t wait to welcome his fans to the attraction when it opens.”
The world-famous wax attraction located within island destination Bluewaters, will be the first of its kind in the GCC. The attraction will welcome its first visitors later this year with wax figures of over 60 global celebrities, including 16 from the Middle East, notably Balqees Fathi, Maya Diab and Nancy Ajram.-TradeArabia News Service


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