Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 November 2019

Dubai Walk of Fame: everyone who has been awarded a Dubai Star so far

Hollywood legend Will Smith and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are among the latest to be honoured with the accolade

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:

Chris Hemsworth

The Australian actor is most famed for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but has also starred in films including 2016's reboot of Ghostbusters, and 2019's Men in Black: International.

Shilpa Shetty

The Indian actress, producer and model made her on-screen debut in 1993, and has gone on to star in films such as Dhadkan and Rishtey. The philanthropist has also worked as a TV judge and presenter.

Ranbir Kapoor

The actor and producer is one of India’s biggest stars, with roles in films including Sanju and Tamasha. The Filmfare Award winner is also co-owner of Mumbai City FC.

Gulzar

The Indian director, lyricist and poet, born Sampooran Singh Kalra, won a Grammy and an Academy Award for his musical work on Slumdog Millionaire.

Riyad Mahrez

The professional football, who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City, is also captain of Algeria’s national team.

Sania Mirza

The Indian professional tennis player, who retired from singles in 2013, won six Grand Slam titles in her career.

Hussain Al Jassmi

The beloved Emirati singer, who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador, is renewed for his hits, such as Fegadtek, Ma Yeswa and Bawada’ak. Al Jassmi became the first Arab artist to take part in the annual Christmas concert at the Vatican last year.

Armin van Buuren

The Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer is know for his radio show A State of Trance, as well as his work on tracks including Strong Ones.

Priyanka Chopra

The Baywatch actress and Quantico star is a former Miss World, as well as a singer. Chopra, who wed Nick Jonas last year, is also a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador as well as an entrepreneur.

Amr Diab

The Egyptian singer shot to international stardom with the release of his song Nour El Ein in 1996, and has since won a total of seven World Music Awards.

Usain Bolt

The now-retired Jamaican sprinter and Olympic gold medallist is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 20m and 4 × 100m relay, and is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

Amitabh Bachchan

The Indian actor and producer first found fame in the 1970s, with movies such as Zanjeer, and has appeared in more than 190 films in his lengthy career.

Chris Evans

The American actor is best known for his portrayal of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and has also starred in blockbusters such as Fantastic Four.

Nile Rodgers

The American record producer and musician has worked with stars such as Diana Ross, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Rodger is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a multi Grammy Award winner.

Serena Williams

The American tennis champ has been seeded No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association for 319 weeks during her esteemed career, and has 39 majors titles to her name. Williams also twice held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously.

Sergio Ramos

The Spanish footballer is the captain of both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, and has been named La Liga's Best Defender a record five times.

Mo Salah

The Egyptian footballer plays for Premier League club Liverpool and Egypt’s national team. He has also played for AS Roma, and won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2017-18.

Idris Elba

The British actor and DJ rose to fame with his role in TV series The Wire, and has gone on to star in Luther, as well as playing Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Will Smith

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will now be Dubai royalty, of a kind, with his recently awarded star. Aladdin actor Smith is a familiar face in the UAE: he jetted out to Dubai last year to skydive for his online show, and also attended December's Formula One in Abu Dhabi.

Zhang Ziyi

CHENGDU, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Zhang Ziyi attends Cle de Peau Beaute event on October 27, 2018 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Zhang Ziyi attends Cle de Peau Beaute event on October 27, 2018 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

The Chinese actress and model rose to fame in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and has appeared in a wide range of Western and Chinese films since, including Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs of a Geisha, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and Bafta.

Chris Martin

Lead singer of British band Coldplay Chris Martin performs at the Stade de France Arena in Saint Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on July 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
Lead singer of British band Coldplay Chris Martin performs at the Stade de France Arena in Saint Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on July 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

The Coldplay frontman co-founded the British band back in 1996, and has gone on to pen hits such as Yellow, Fix You and Viva la Vida. Nowdays, Coldplay has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music acts.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio starred in The Wolf of Wall Street. An Asia Times article which focused on the 1MDB funding scandal that revolved around the Hollywood movie was removed. Victoria Will / Invision /AP
Leonardo DiCaprio is a passionate environmentalist and a vocal champion of renewable energies. AP

Leonardo DiCaprio has been dominating the screens of Hollywood since 1991, but his big break came in 1993 when he played Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, aged 19. By 1997 he had hit the big time playing Jack Dawson in Titanic, from there he went on to play a string of roles in hit films, including Revolutionary Road, Gangs of New York and Inception. He had to wait, however, until 2016 for his Academy Award, winning it for his role in The Revenant, despite being nominated for Best Actor three times before and Best Supporting Actor once. As well as acting, DiCaprio is a keen environmentalist. He started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, an organisation dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and fighting global warming.

Rami Malek

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Rami Malek attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Rami Malek attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP

The first Best Actor Oscar winner of Arab heritage, Mr Robot and Bohemian Rhapsody star, Rami Malek is getting a star. Malek was born in Los Angeles, California to Egyptian immigrant parents. He is set to star is the villain in the upcoming James Bond movie, known as Bond 25.

Robert Downey, Jr

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: Rober Downey Jr. attends the press conference for Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' South Korea premiere on April 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Disney)
Robert Downey, Jr has been awarded a star on the Dubai Walk of Fame. Getty Images

The Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes star is one of the latest names to be announced for the Dubai Walk of Fame. He has been starring in Hollywood hit films since his wild 20s in the 1980s. In recent years he's become a popular member of the Marvel universe's Avengers cast as Iron Man.

Aamir Khan

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Imaginechina/Shutterstock (10239191q) Aamir Khan Asian Film and TV Week launch arrivals, Beijing, China - 16 May 2019 Launch ceremony of Asian Film and TV Week during the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) in Beijing.
Aamir Khan has landed a star on the Dubai Walk of Fame. Shutterstock

Bollywood actor and producer Aamir Khan is best known for his roles in films including Dangal, 3 Idiots and Raja Hindustani. He is the son of Bollywood director and producer Tahir Hussain and is married to director, producer and screenwriter Kiran Rao.

Abdel Halim Hafez

Picture taken in 1959 in the mountain resort of Aley, east of Beirut, shows Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez during a live performance at the famous Piscine Aley grounds. Abdel Halim (1929-1977), Egypt's most popular male singer ever, starred in 15 musical films and sang hundreds of songs that appealed to young generations throughout the Arab world for over three decades. He never married and died at the age of 48 of Bilharzia. / AFP PHOTO
Picture taken in 1959 in the mountain resort of Aley, east of Beirut, shows Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez during a live performance at the famous Piscine Aley grounds. Abdel Halim (1929-1977), Egypt's most popular male singer ever, starred in 15 musical films and sang hundreds of songs that appealed to young generations throughout the Arab world for over three decades. He never married and died at the age of 48 of Bilharzia. / AFP PHOTO

The accolade is not just for the living, as the nomination of beloved Egyptian singer, Abdel Halim Hafez, proves. Not just a singer, throughout his 25 year career he also had stints as an actor, conductor, business man, music teacher and movie producer. He is known for his patriotic songs, and was described as "The voice of the people". His most popular songs include Ahwak, Gana El Hawa and Maw'ood, his song Khosara was sampled by Jay Z in Big Pimpin'.

Nancy Ajram

The Ya Banat star is no stranger to the emirate, having performed numerous concerts in Dubai during her lengthy and accomplished career. The Lebanese singer, who also serves as a judge on MBC's Arab Idol, signed her first music contract at the age of 15, and has gone on to release more than 10 studio albums and sell more than 30 million records across the world.

Zachary Levi

epa07651283 US actor Zachary Levi arrives for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, USA, 15 June 2019. The movies are nominated by producers and executives from MTV and the winners are chosen online by the general public. EPA/NINA PROMMER
Zachary Levi at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. EPA

The American actor and singer, known for roles in TV series Chuck and as the title character in this year's Shazam!, already made his mark in Dubai this year, attending April's Middle East Film and Comic Con. Prior to starring role in DC's Shazam!, Levi also appeared as Fandral, the Viking warrior, in Marvel’s Thor franchise.

Ni Ni

This Chinese actress made her film debut in 2011, giving a much-acclaimed performance in Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War. Ni Ni's CV also boasts roles in TV series and she has also released music. In 2016, she starred in Chinese-French fantasy blockbuster The Warriors Gate, written by Luc Besson.

Fairuz

The Lebanese songstress is one of the Arab world's most beloved performers, famed for tunes such as Zahrat el Madaen and Ya Mina el Habayeb. Fairuz, who rose to prominence in the 1960s, has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Exo

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Band EXO perform during the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Exo perform during the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Getty

The South Korean–Chinese boy band, which comprises nine members in total, is one of Asia's biggest-selling music acts. Exo, who are behind hits including Love Shot and Growl, also became the first K-pop band to have a track featured on the Dubai Fountain's playlist, with their smash track, Power.

Ranveer Singh

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Ranveer Singh attends the "Gully Boy" press conference during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 09, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Ranveer Singh appeared in this year's 'Gully Boy'. Photo: Getty

One of Bollywood's most recognisable actors – and snappiest dressers – Singh has starred in hits such as Simmba, Gully Boy and Padmaavat. The Mumbai-born actor, who has number of Filmfare Awards to his name, is married to fellow Bollywood celebrity Deepika Padukone.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson attends the 2019 Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was a wrestler for eight years before moving into films. AP

The wrestler-turned-actor, known as The Rock, is one of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster stars, with films such as Get Smart, Jumanji and Moana under his proverbial belt. He's one of the business's high-grossing and best-paid faces, and has also produced films under his production company Seven Bucks, which he founded in 2012.

Jackie Chan

A handout photo of Jackie Chan in "Kung Fu Yoga" (Courtesy: Gulf Film) *** Local Caption *** wk03fe-top10-kungfu.jpg
Jackie Chan in 'Kung Fu Yoga'. Courtesy Gulf Film

The prolific martial artist and actor has appeared in more than 150 films since breaking into the business in the 1960s. The Hong Kong-born star, renowned for his awe-inspiring stunts, has appeared in hits such as Rush Hour and The Tuxedo, and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

BTS

The K-pop superstars, who first formed in Seoul in 2013, are the second Korean band to be given the accolade. The seven-piece – 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

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 11: Photograph by Fred Holland Day (1864-1933) of Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). (Photo by The Royal Photographic Society Collection/Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 11: Photograph by Fred Holland Day (1864-1933) of Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). (Photo by The Royal Photographic Society Collection/Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Getty Images)

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

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: MS Dhoni of India in action batting during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and India at Edgbaston on June 30, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
MS Dhoni helped captain India to a World Cup victory eight years ago. Getty

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 name of singer and composer Abdul Majeed Abdullah will feature on the upcoming Dubai Walk of Fame. Facebook / Abdul Majeed Abdullah
The name of singer and composer Abdul Majeed Abdullah will feature on the upcoming Dubai Walk of Fame. Facebook / 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

Lionel Messi has won every major honour in club football, but is yet to taste international success with Argentina. AFP
Lionel Messi has won every major honour in club football, but is yet to taste international success with Argentina. AFP

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

RESIZED. Shah Rukh Khan video. Courtesy Dubai Media
Shah Rukh Khan, pictured in front of The Dubai Fountain, will appear on the Dubai Walk of Fame when it's unveiled. Courtesy Dubai Media

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

Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab acknowledges the public during his Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection show, on July 3, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP)
Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab was the first celebrity get a star. AFP

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.

Updated: August 25, 2019 09:41 AM

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