Dubai Walk of Fame: Everyone Who Has Been Awarded a Dubai Star so Far

Dubai Walk of Fame: Everyone Who Has Been Awarded a Dubai Star so Far

They will decorate Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard when they are unveiled in October, but not every Dubai Star will be a surprise.

The stars, which will form Dubai's upcoming Walk of Fame project, will pay homage to local and international personalities from various fields including music, film, art, architecture, sport and literature, as well as social influencers.

Ahead of the official launch, the project has been unveiling some of the famous names that will decorate the stars.

In total, there will be 10,000 stars on the walk, however, to begin with, there will be 400, which will be voted for by the public.

Below, we keep track of the names already announced for a spot on the boulevard:

BTS

The K-pop superstars, who first formed in Seoul in 2013 are the latest to be given the accolade. The seven-piece band – made up of Jimin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Jin, V, Suga and RM – have myriad albums, best-selling singles and feature films under their belt, and were invited to join the Recording Academy this year.

Khalil Gibran

The Lebanese-American author of The Prophet, who died in New York in 1931, is often remembered as one of the great visionaries of his time, and is regarded as one of the world's best-selling poets. In fact, since its publication in 1923, The Prophet has never gone out of print, selling tens of millions of copies. Gibran is also famed for his artwork, as well as his poetry.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Known as MS Dhoni, the international cricketer captained India to their last World Cup triumph on home soil eight years ago, scoring an unbeaten 91 in the final against Sri Lanka. Cricket aside, Dhoni has also been awarded both the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, and the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour.

Abdul Majeed Abdullah

The Saudi Arabian singer and composer, whose track Ensan Akthar has formed part of the Dubai Fountains' playlist, has released numerous albums over his lengthy career, including 2015's Esmaany and 2014's Haflet Dubai.

Lionel Messi

The Barcelona superstar is the all-time highest goalscorer in La Liga and the youngest football player to win four Ballon d'Or awards, as The Dubai Stars project said when announcing his selection. Messi also has links to Dubai, and was named as a brand ambassador for Expo 2020 back in 2016. In May, he appeared in a promotional video for the event, taking his silky footballing skills around the globe and uniting different nationalities through the universal language of football. The Fifa world player of the year was also spotted in Dubai last October, when he popped into the Nusret-Et Dubai restaurant for a bite alongside Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

Shah Rukh Khan

The Bollywood actor, who has appeared in more than 80 films in his distinguished career, was one of the most nominated celebrities for a star, the project revealed. The Zero star also has a long history of visiting the UAE and is the face of Dubai Tourism's Be My Guest campaign, welcoming fellow stars to the Emirates.

Elie Saab

The Lebanese couturier and red-carpet favourite was the first to receive a Dubai Star, at a ceremony held in April. The designer, whose label has dressed everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Catherine, Duchess of Sussex, is currently collaborating with Dubai real estate development company Emaar on luxury, branded apartments, offering Palm Jumeirah, Dubai skyline and Arabian Gulf views.

Source: The National