City Walk in Jumeirah is hosting the exhibition Hareem Al Sultan, based on the popular historical Turkish TV series. The show first ran between 2011 and 2014, telling the story of Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Turkey’s longest-reigning Sultan. It went on to be a worldwide hit, with an audience of some 400 milion.
The exhibition is running until the end of the year, so if you’re a fan of the show, head down to view the authentic costumes you will have only seen previously on TV. Even if you’ve never seen the show, the exhibition still provides an interesting insight into Turkish history, with a great representation of what Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace would have looked like in all of its splendor. It’s an impressive, must-see show. www.citywalk.ae/play/hareem-al-sultan.
TopKapi palace Fans of the show will recognise replicas of sets, as well as genuine props from some of the show’s biggest scenes, as they’re taken on a tour of the Topkapi Palace. The whole exhibition is spread out across 14 rooms and over 1,300 square metres, and took 36,000 hours to put together.
Travel back in time
The exhibition has been designed to be as immersive as possible, scents having been piped in to take you back to the Ottoman era. You’ll even be able to try sherbets and sweets while you hear snippets of the Sultan’s poetry.
Meet the characters
You’ll be able to meet some of the show’s stars – or models of them, technically. There are 12 handmade, hyper-realistic sculptures of key characters, including the Sultan and his wife, Huyam Sultan, all wearing costumes from the show.
The exhibition’s gift shop has more than 200 exclusive items on offer, which were specially designed for it, and all inspired by the show. As well as clothes and jewellery, you can bag yourself some perfume and stationery.