Dubai has turned to India for inspiration for its latest construction mega-project, a massive replica of the Taj Mahal that’s being touted as an over-the-top wedding venue.The project, which surfaced in the press late last week, could take two years to construct and cost more than a billion dollars (£665 million), according to The Telegraph.
Called the Taj Arabia, the Dubai version has little in common with the 17th century mausoleum apart from the facade.
In addition to a wedding venue that holds 3,000 guests, it will feature a five-star hotel, residences, and massive retail space, according to its website.
The Taj Arabia will be located in the Falconcity of Wonders, a real estate project that will feature replicas of several wonders of the world, and is being developed by Link Global Ltd.
The original Taj Mahal is a mausoleum in India that was built in the 17th century and took 20 years to complete.
Dubai expects its version of the Taj Mahal, called the Taj Arabia, to be completed in two years. It will be FOUR TIMES the size of the original.
It's being marketed towards the hundreds of thousands of Indians who live in the UAE and surrounding countries, according to The Telegraph.
A five-star hotel is also being planned for the property, to accommodate all those out-of-town guests.
When it's completed, Dubai's Taj will sit alongside replicas of the Pyramids, Hanging Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China and Leaning Tower of Pisa, according to The Telegraph.
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