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Dubai to build Taj Mahal replica

Taj Arabia to be three or four times larger than the original landmark

The Taj Mahal is one of India’s most recognisable landmarks.

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Dubai is set to build a replica of the world-famous Taj Mahal as part of its 3.8mm2 Falcon City of Wonders project, it was announced on Wednesday.

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal is one of India’s most recognisable icons and has been a major tourist attraction for hundreds of years.

The replica, named Taj Arabia, will be built alongside some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Pyramids of Giza, which will be built along Emirates Road, a report in Al Arabiya, a news website associated with the Arabic language news channel.

Salem al Moosa, chairman and CEO of Falconcity, said that the project was part of a plan to ‘engrave Dubai’s place in the minds and hearts of the world’s citizens.”

He added that the Taj Arabia would be three to four times larger than the original and would also incorporate its famous Mughal Gardens and other architectural landmarks.

It would be part of a wider project comprising of various residential and commercial buildings, including a mega retail hub that will include a jewellery souq and wedding boutiques.

“Land of India will represent a key attraction in Falcon City as it includes high-end hospitality and commercial facilities that are set to host some of the major events in town,” said al Moosa.

Arun Mehta, the chairman of the Link Global Group, who is developing the project, added that the replica will serve as a wedding venue for couples in the UAE. Furthermore, he added that Bollywood producers had expressed an interest in using the project as a filming location.

Falconcity is an integrated mega-city that is shaped to represent a falcon, serving as an emblem of the UAE’s heritage. The entire project covers a total area of 41 million square feet.  It will feature famous international destinations such as Rome, Venice, Beirut, India and New York.

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