Dubai puts itself on the ‘I’m-too-ridiculous-to-be-true’ map again. This time by planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal and naming it ‘Taj Arabia’
I am not sure how may more of these posts on outlandish Dubai construction projects I can write. I mean I have my limits – although, quite clearly, Dubai doesn’t seem to. Following underwater hotels, artificial islands and the world’s tallest buildings, Dubai is now working on replicating some of the world’s most important cultural sites as part of a 3.8 million square meter ‘Falconcity of Wonders’ project. CEO of Falconcity, Salem al-Moosa told Al Arabiya that the project aims to “engrave Dubai’s place in the minds and hearts of world citizens”. I think that Dubai may be better able to do by not ripping off important heritage sites and placing them in an freakish amusement park of sorts.
Taj Arabia is purported to be “three to four times” bigger than the original Taj Mahal, with investors disclosing the project’s cost to a monumental $1 billion. The investors anticipate the project to be completed by the end of 2014. Developers say it will be used for weddings and also as a backdrop for Bollywood movies.
Not content with a steriod-pumped Taj Mahal, the project will also include the architectural highlights of sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, the hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Eiffel Tower and a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Big Ben and London Bridge are also expected to make an appearance, and malls and luxury hotel will obviously make up part of the mix.
7 Days in Dubai reported that although the entire project was originally announced more than five years ago, backers insist the Taj build is “now a reality”. God help us.