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.
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt needs no introduction. One of the fastest people on the planet, he became well known for his signature pose as he raced across each finish line.
With the highest number of grand slams and four Olympic gold medals under her belt, Serena Williams is much deserving of a coveted star.
Legendary musician Nile Rogers has also been granted a star. His contributions to the music industry over the years include Le Chic and collaborations with Pharrell Williams. He’s also received three Grammy awards and sold 500 million albums.
Former Miss World and Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra was also a Unicef ambassador and has starred in many films.
You might know him as Thor, but Chris Hemsworth is an Australian actor who made it big in Hollywood with his superhero skills.
Mysterious musical duo Daft Punk will also get a star. With six Grammy awards under their belt, they’re known for fusing genres of music together to create a totally unique sound.
Marvel actor Chris Evans will receive a star. Best known for playing in The Avengers, he’s recently also moved into the world of film direction.
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.
Bollywood actress, author and activist Shilpa Shetty is being awarded a star for her involvement in charity and contributions to causes.
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.
He’s the captain of Real Madrid and one of the top goal scorers of La Liga, Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders in the world.
Adnan Al Talyani
The UAE’s very own footballer, Adnan Al Talyani will also get a Dubai Star for his efforts.
Saudi footballer Mohammed Al-Shalhoub will also get a Dubai star thanks to his legendary achievements.
Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan is the proud winner of countless awards, known fondly by his fans as Big B.
Hong Kong film director and actor, nicknamed as ‘the king of comedy’, and now the owner of a Dubai Star.
The best selling Middle Eastern artist, a Guinness World Record holder and seven-time winner of World Music Awards.
Armin van Buuren
After winning 27 International Dance Music Awards, Dutch producer Armin van Buuren has now been awarded a Dubai Star.
Hussain Al Jassmi
As the first Arab to perform at Dubai Opera, Hussain has been awarded a star for his efforts of spreading the UAE’s message of love and tolerance.
Indian tennis player and six-time grand slam winner, Sania Mirza will also be awarded a star.
Hu Ge, or Hugh Hu, is a Chinese actor and singer, known for being one of China’s most versatile actors.
He’s captain of the Algerian football team and was name African footballer of the year. Now Riyad Mahrez is the owner of a Dubai Star.
Award winning playwright and lyricist Gulzar is best known for penning some of India’s most treasured tunes. He’s also Academy Award winning film director.
Known as the ‘rockstar of Bollywood’, Ranbir Kapoor has more than 300 short films in his repertoire. He’s also a big advocator of charity and owns the Mumbai football club.
Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko is the UFC flyweight women’s champion and has 17 titles to her name.
As the second teenager in history to score in the World Cup, footballer Kylian Mbappé was destined for great things. He’s now considered one of the best footballers in the world.
An Emirati singer, Balqees Fathi is best known for songs such as Ha Hai and Mabrouk.
Houriya Al Taheri
Houriya Al Taheri is the Head Coach for the UAE Women National Football Team. She’s also a world football council board member.
Maisoon Al Saleh
Visual artist Maisoon Al Saleh is much admired in the Emirati art scene. Her surreal artistic style usually features skeletons of animals and humans.
Counsellor and motivational speaker Hala Kazim is a life coach and founder of Dubai-based business Journey Through Change.
Sara Al Madani
Emirati entrepreneur and fashion designer, Sara Al Madani was the youngest board member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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