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Dubai to build Taj Mahal replica

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Dubai is set to out-do itself in the fashion it is known for – definitely bigger and arguably better – by putting its spin on the UNESCO world heritage site, the Taj Mahal.

The replica, named Taj Arabia, is part of a 3.8 million square meter Falconcity of Wonders project constructed on Emirates Road, reported Dubai-based 7 Days newspaper.

The project is basically a host of replicas of original, international cities’ landmarks, including Paris’ Eiffel Tower and Rome’s leaning tower of Pisa.
Chairman and CEO of Falconcity, Salem al-Moosa said the project aims to “engrave Dubai’s place in the minds and hearts of world citizens”.

On the other hand, U.S. based architect Shawn Basler said that “Dubai was a real estate experiment on steroids” leading up to the financial crisis of 2008. “Dubai is Dubai. But it’s got to go back to its heritage projects – creating communities,” he told 7 Days.

One thing is certain, he said, and that the “crazy” contruction projects definitely put Dubai on the map.

Taj Arabia, dubbed as the ‘New City of Love’ is purported to be “three to four times” bigger than the original, with investors disclosing the project’s cost to a monumental $1 billion, anticipated to be completed by the end of 2014.