Madame Tussauds Dubai recently revealed a wax figure of the late former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. The statue was previously displayed at Madame Tussauds London and has now been moved to its new home in Dubai.
The unveiling ceremony took place at Bluewaters Island and was attended by Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is the son of the late prime minister. He expressed his gratitude for the installation of the statue in Dubai, a city with special meaning for his family, as they spent about ten years in exile there, and he received his education in the UAE.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the wax figure is a fitting tribute to his mother, who stood for democracy, freedom, and equality for everyone. The event was also attended by Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, who praised Madame Tussauds Museum for this commemoration.
The wax figure of Benazir Bhutto was created in 1989 and was first exhibited in London. It was personally chosen and designed by Benazir Bhutto herself, working with the artists at that time. Before being displayed in Dubai, the figure was refreshed and received additional work.
Creating a wax figure is a time-consuming process, taking around 6 to 8 months to complete. It involves precise measurements from head to toe and careful insertion of each hair, resulting in a detailed and unique artistic representation. The cost of making a wax figure is approximately Dh700,000.
Madame Tussauds Dubai features a diverse collection of wax figures, representing personalities from various fields like sports, media, politics, entertainment, bloggers, and fashion, among others.