'Taj Arabia' included in replicas of iconic buildings confirmed at Cityscape
Dubai's version of the Taj Mahal will be “three to four times” bigger than the original 460-year-old marble mausoleum masterpiece, according to the team behind the mega project.
Taj Arabia, a replica of the UNESCO world heritage site in Agra, India, will be part of the 3.8 million sqm Falconcity of Wonders development on Emirates Road. It will be the first replica in the ‘city’ that will also be home to other landmark copies such as The Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, investors announced yesterday.
Though the entire project was originally announced more than five years ago, backers insist the Taj build is “now a reality”.
Just like the original - built as a monument of love - the replica (left), will be themed as the ‘New City of Love’.
“Dubai’s about the bigger and the better - and we are creating that facility,” said Arun Mehra, the main financial backer behind Taj Arabia.
Indian Mehra, chairman of the Link Global Group, added: “Everything about it will be built around the night and romance. It’ll be breathtaking. You can’t even see (the original) after 5pm, it’s closed.”
Organisers expect the hotel and residential complex will also host wedding parties for up to 3,000 guests.
Salem Al Moosa, CEO and chairman of Falconcity, said the project would be designed to “engrave Dubai’s place in the minds and hearts of world citizens” – and insists it will be complete “by the end of 2014”.
Investors revealed the Taj project will cost a whopping $1 billion.