Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Heading to Dubai

The travelling show will celebrate its 100th anniversary at WAFI

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Heading to Dubai
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Ready to experience the most bizarre travelling show the world has ever seen, for free? Believe it or not, families will get the chance for the next three months at Dubai’s WAFI.

For the first time in the Middle East, Ripley’s Believe It or Not will be making its way to bring a little shock and awe to all curious minds, from the start of September.

As part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) Back to School scheme, WAFI will host over 75 different exhibitions. What to expect? Well, you’ll just have to head down to see.

There’s even a chance to win weekly prizes, and a grand prize at the end of the exhibition.

Each visitor will receive a passport, and you’ll need to head to each of the exhibits to receive a stamp to fill it out. Once it’s full, drop it into the raffle barrel, and cross your fingers.

Lasting until the end of November, the exhibits are completely free to attend each day during WAFI opening hours, so all you have to do is show up and be entertained.

Museums and attractions have been placed in major locations worldwide, including Times Square in New York as well as in Hollywood, Thailand, Canada and many more. And we’re thrilled that it’s making a trip to Dubai.

“We are very excited to bring Ripley’s to the region for the first time and believe it is a great opportunity to partner with the popular brand especially since it is its 100th anniversary this year,” said Head of Central Marketing Katherine Revett.

“This activation will be unusual, intriguing and an overall surprise, which parents and their children can enjoy together. It promotes the art of fun and education in today’s digital age and we can really see Ripley’s bringing a family together at WAFI.”

Founded by Robert Ripley in New York, Believe It or Not became vastly popular way back in 1930 when it first aired on radio, with Ripley first displaying his collection artefacts in a Chicago fair in 1933.

From starting off as a newspaper panel on the pages of the New York Globe, the company now has a TV series, numerous books, games, and 12 million annual visitors to its travelling shows.

Ripley’s collection of the weird and the wonderful items includes around 20,000 photographs, 30,000 artefacts and more than 100,000 cartoon panels. Which means cumulatively, that’s 150,000 individual gasps per person. Give or take.

Love wandering around exhibits and looking for more? Al Quoz will have The Tiger Trails on Thursday August 30 until Sunday September 2, featuring loads of wild animal photography.

In the meantime, we know where to head to be awestruck and amazed.
Free. Sat Sep 1-Fri Nov 30. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. WAFI, Oud Metha, (04 324 4555).

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