Dubai developer to build hotel version of India’s Taj Mahal
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (4E) – A bigger replica of world heritage site Taj Mahal will be built in Dubai to be used primarily as a hotel and wedding venue, developers announced on Wednesday.
To be four times larger than the original marble mausoleum in Agra, India, the so-called Taj Arabia will be built at the Falcon City of Wonders on Emirates Road, said Arun Mehra, chairman of sub-developers Link Global Group (LGC), at the annual Cityscape Global real estate exposition in Dubai on Wednesday.
LGC estimated the cost of the two-year project to be $1 billion.
Taj Arabia will have 300 five-star hotel rooms and several themed residential and commercial buildings that will house apartments, restaurants and shops.
The Falcon City will also have replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China.
It will not be the first time that a replica of the Taj Mahal will be built. In China’s western city of Shenzhen, there is one in the Window of the World theme park.
Taj Arabia will be the latest architectural icon in Dubai after the city’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building; the sail-shaped Burj al Arab hotel; and the Palm Islands, an artificial archipelago in the shape of a palm tree.