Dubai Walk of Fame: everyone who has been awarded a Dubai Star so far
Lebanese songstress Nancy Ajram and 'Shazam!' star Zachary Levi are 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: July 15, 2019 10:20 AM