BTS (Bangtan Boys), the South Korean pop superstars, are the latest celebs to be given a Dubai Star, a tribute at the upcoming Walk of Fame project at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. These stars, which will decorate the sidewalk in Downtown Dubai, are meant to pay homage to local and international personalities from different fields, such as art, architecture, music, film, literature and sports. The list will also include social influencers and there will be a total of 10,000 stars, beginning with 400, chosen via public voting. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Indian cricketer M S Dhoni and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi are amongst the celebs who have already received this accolade.
The announcement for BTS’ inclusion in the Walk of Fame was made via The Dubai Star’s social media channels: “A Dubai Star is now dedicated to the popular South Korean boy band from Seoul—@bts_bighit. Will you be cheering for them at our launch event this October?”
The K-Pop band, which was formed in Seoul in 2013, has seven members: Jimin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Jin, V, Suga and RM. They have released many best selling singles and albums, and have been invited to join the Recording Academy. They are loved for their boyish looks, floppy hairstyle and carefully choreographed moves. According to a research study, they are so popular that in 2017, 1 in 13 tourists visited South Korea only because of them. In 2018, this boy band had the second and third best-selling albums worldwide and its members were the second best-selling artists globally. This is also the first Korean group to be included in Dubai’s Walk of Fame. The BTS Dubai Star will be unveiled in October but the band has yet to confirm if they will be attending its launch.