In the United Arab Emirates, Donald Trump is back in the spotlight.
Not the real Trump, who has kept a relatively low profile since losing re-election last year, but a wax versions of Trump and his wife Melania. The two are some of the stars of Dubai’s new Madame Tussauds. The tourist-friendly wax statue museum known for its celebrity likenesses that formally opened its first Middle East branch there on Wednesday.
#ShahRukhKhan Wax Status in Madame Tussauds Dubai ?❤#ShahRukhKhan pic.twitter.com/lTuNsX2clc— ?Sourav Srkian Das? (@SrkianDas04) October 15, 2021
The lavish waxworks temple located on a small artificial 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.
Trump’s figure, sporting his signature red tie, is seated at a desk with the former president looking down and checking out his smartphone, while a sleek wax figure of former first lady Melania stands by his side in a cobalt blue dress, her classic look during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The one and only @MohammedAssaf89 is here with Madame Tussauds Dubai! The Arab Idol winner is unveiling his @Tussauds_Dubai wax figure 250 metres in the sky! pic.twitter.com/ekmXj37qOg— Ain Dubai by Dubai Holding (@AinDXBOfficial) September 1, 2021
“He looks very real but he’s not quite orange enough,” said 27-year-old visitor Marwa al-Haddad after snapping a selfie.
The wax figures at Dubai’s Madame Tussauds were each created over six months by a team of 20 artists at the London studio, where wax was poured into metal frames, then sculpted with clay. Each strand of real human hair was methodically implanted using needles.
During his presidency, Trump was considered a close friend in the capital of Abu Dhabi. Gulf Arab sheikhdoms welcomed Trump’s policies in the region, including his harder-line on Iran, as he pulled America out of Tehran’s landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. In Dubai, the flashy Trump International Golf Club, developed by DAMAC Properties, sprawls from the centre of a luxurious collection of upscale apartments and villas.
It's OFFICIAL!— Amna Al Haddad ?? (@amna_alhaddad) October 14, 2021
& now I can announce, there is TWO of me!
You can meet my wax figure @Tussauds_Dubai in the sport room, and have a lift off with me! ??
Another historical moment in the books. ?
I am very grateful to be the first #Emirati #female #athlete immortalized ?! pic.twitter.com/wWQqhkXKIo
To design the collection, the Madame Tussauds team conducted an extensive population survey to figure out whom potential visitors would most want to see. There is no President Joe Biden currently on display, but a company spokesman said he could be featured at some point in the future.