x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

A night with the stars - or at least really lifelike replicas

A new restaurant in Dubai is offering a VIP experience with George Clooney and Amitabh Bachchan. Kind of.

A Dubai eatery scheduled to open next month plans to decorate with dozens of carefully crafted, life-size silicone renditions of major celebrities - each costing almost Dh300,000 to produce at facilities in the US and UK.

A Taste of Fame, due to open in Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road at the end of next month, will be the first of its kind for the Middle East. The 3,658-square-metre restaurant can seat 200 patrons, each dining in the shadow of tuxedo- and gown-wearing replicas of such stars as George Clooney (left), Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro and Amitabh Bachchan.

Among the 36 figures will be a half-dozen Marvel characters including Batman, Iron Man and a massive version of The Hulk.

The outlet aims to offer a full VIP experience, beginning with "paparazzi" snapping their photo as they enter on a red carpet.

Partners Rabi Youssef and Mohammed Ezzat have backgrounds working in restaurants in the UAE and Germany. "We don't claim we are a fine-dining concept, but we can definitely claim that we offer a unique and unparalleled experience with an ambience and food that will not be experienced anywhere else," said Ezzat.

* The National staff