Salah to get Mo-mentous wax figure at Madame Tussauds  

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Mo Salah attended a sitting with experts at Madame Tussauds, where hundreds of measurements and photographs were taken. (Photo: Madame Tussauds)
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Mo Salah attended a sitting with experts at Madame Tussauds, where hundreds of measurements and photographs were taken. (Photo: Madame Tussauds)
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Mo Salah attended a sitting with experts at Madame Tussauds, where hundreds of measurements and photographs were taken. (Photo: Madame Tussauds)
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Mo Salah attended a sitting with experts at Madame Tussauds, where hundreds of measurements and photographs were taken. (Photo: Madame Tussauds)
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Updated 24 January 2020

Salah to get Mo-mentous wax figure at Madame Tussauds  

  • The wax figure will be unveiled at the end of the year
  • The international superstar attended a sitting with experts at Madame Tussauds, where hundreds of measurements and photographs were taken

LONDON: Egyptian footballer Mo Salah will get his own life-size wax replica at Madame Tussauds in London, the world-famous attraction announced on Friday.
The international superstar attended a sitting with experts at Madame Tussauds, where hundreds of measurements and photographs were taken. 
Salah said he is “so excited to be working with the artists of Madame Tussauds on my first ever figure.” 
In a video he posted on Twitter, the Liverpool favorite said the wax figure will be unveiled at the end of the year.
Madame Tussauds also posted “behind the scenes” photos of Salah’s sitting, in which he is seen posing playfully with eyeballs used for figures. 
When contacted by Arab News, Madame Tussauds declined to reveal any further information, but referred to a statement by its General Manager Steve Davies, who said the announcement “is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for football lovers around the world.”
Davies added: “As Egyptian Forward and currently both European and World Club Champion with Liverpool FC, Mo Salah is a global star at the peak of his power. We know that fans will love seeing him at the home of celebrity, where he rightly belongs.”
Salah will continue to work collaboratively with Madame Tussauds throughout the creation of his replica.


Google’s new tool lets you translate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics

Updated 16 July 2020

Google’s new tool lets you translate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics

DUBAI: If you’ve ever wondered what messages the Ancient Egyptians were trying to convey with their hieroglyphics, Google’s new tool might just be able to help. In celebration of the anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, Google Arts and Culture has released a new AI-powered tool, Fabricius, that allows you to decode and translate the ancient symbols and characters into both Arabic and English. 

The aim is to raise awareness and preserve the history and traditions of Ancient Egyptian civilization. 

“We are very excited to be launching this new tool that can make it easier to access and learn about the rich culture of Ancient Egypt,” said Chance Coughenour, head of preservation at Google Arts and Culture, in an official release.

Tomb of Beni Hassan. (Supplied)

“For over a decade, Google has been capturing imagery of cultural and historical landmarks across the region, from Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and more, while making it available on Maps, Street View and Google Arts and Culture. Together with our partners, we remain committed to promoting the rich history and heritage of the region, and to make it accessible to everyone.” he added.

The software, which can be accessed for free via the Google Arts and Culture app has three distinct features: “Learn,” “Play” and “Work.”

“Learn” offers language-learning tools such as flash cards and drawing, “Play” lets users  translate any message in English or Arabic to hieroglyphics and “Work” allows users to upload photos of real life hieroglyphs from temple walls or artefacts.