From footballers and cricketers to K-Pop stars and fashion designers…
Dubai Stars is a brand new attraction set to be unviled in Downtown Dubai in October 2019. Set to be Dubai’s very own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, the exciting new attraction is a project is by Dubai developer, Emaar, and will be found on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.
400 stars will be unveiled at the launch in October this year, with celebrities voted for by the public in a global social media campaign. When complete, there will be 10,000 Dubai Stars in total, that’s four times that of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Here’s who has already been announced to receive a Dubai Star.
Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab was the first person announced to receive a Dubai Star. The fashion-turned-lifestyle designer has been working since the 1980s, when he was primarily a bridal-wear designer in Beirut. He has had global success, after becoming the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner in 2002, he went onto dress a number of well-known celebrities in the US, including Nicole Kidman, Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock.
Egyptian footballer Mo Salah currently plays as a forward for Liverpool FC, and is widely regarded as one of the best footballers of all time.
Zhao Liying, also known as Zanilia Zhao, is a Chinese actress who has starred in an array of TV series. She ranked 4th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017
Actor, director, producer, DJ… is there anything Idris Elba can’t do? The British actor is best known for his roles in Luther, Thor, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The Fresh Prince is a big fan of Dubai – having previously described the city as one of his favourite places on earth. Most recently, he brought his family for an episode of his Facebook Watch series, where he skydived with his wife, Jada.
A Chinese actress and model, Zhang Ziyi gained international recognition for her role in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
Chris Martin is best known as the frontman of British band, Coldplay. The band are famous for their hits including Yellow, Fix You and The Scientist.
An Academy Award, three Golden Globes, and now a Dubai star for 44-year-old American actor and hearthrob, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Abdel Halim Hafez
The late Abdel Halim Hafez is widely regarded among the most popular Egyptian and Arab singers and performers.
Through his career spanning over thirty years in Hindi films, Indian actor Aamir Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema.
Robert Downey Jr
54 year old American actor Robert Downey Jr has been in showbusiness since the 1970s, and has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. In total, his films have grossed over $14 billion worldwide.
After a string of roles in TV series and smaller roles in film, Egyptian-born actor Rami Malek’s fame reached stratospheric heights when he was cast in the 2018 Queen biopic, Bohemian Rapsody as the legendary Freddie Mercury. Bohemian Rapsody became one of the highest grossing films of 2018 worldwide, making a reported $900 million from a budget of $50 million.
Currently ranked one of the best batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team.
Lebanese singer and actress Nancy Ajram is no stranger to Dubai, having performed sellout gigs here several times. She’s widely regarded as one of the biggest music icons in the Arab world.
38-year-old actor Zachary Levi has played an array of characters through his career including Chuck, in the series of the same name, and voicing Flynn Rider in Disney’s Tangled. He’s most famous for his most recent role in the 2019 superhero comedy, Shazam!
倪妮 Ni Ni
Known as China’s sweetheart, actress 倪妮 Ni Ni has featured in countless iconic roles in popular Chinese films.
One of two K-Pop bands announced to receive a Dubai Star, the wildly popular Exo caused hysteria when they performed at The Dubai Fountain in 2018.
Another hugely influential Arab star, Fayrouz has performed on all the world’s greatest stages, ranging from the Royal Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York.
Known in equal measure as a Bollywood actor and style icon, Ranveer Singh is among the highest paid actors in India, according to Forbes.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock’, has given us some of the best-loved action and comedy movies in Hollywood history.
Martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, singer… is there anything Jackie Chan can’t do? He recently returned to Dubai to shoot scenes for his upcoming movie, Vanguard.
Shah Rukh Khan
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was the second Dubai Star recipient to be announced. The Bollywood legend is no stranger to the UAE, having visited a number of times over the years. He is also currently partnered with Dubai Tourism as the face of their ‘Be My Guest’ campaign.
All-time highest goalscorer in, the youngest football player to win 4 Ballon d’Or awards, and the face of Expo 2020, Leo Messi will receive a Dubai Star this year.
Gibran Kahlil Gibran
An internationally famous Lebanese-American writer, poet, illustrator, and journalist, remembered of one of the great visionaries of his time.
Abdul Majeed Abdullah
Saudi Arabian singer Abdul Majeed Abdullah has had music has been played as part of the Dubai Fountain show.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni will also receive a Dubai Star later this year.
Popular South Korean boyband from Seoul, BTS are set to receive a Dubai Star. The K-Pop band have seven members (3 rappers and 4 vocalists) and have been releasing music since 2013.