Adventurous developers aim to create the "New City of Love" in Dubai by building a $1 billion reproduction of India's Taj Mahal, aptly retitled the "Taj Arabia."
Although it took 22 years to build India's iconic Taj Mahal its Dubai copy is expected to be constructed in just two years. The Taj Arabia will replicate the original 17th century building but developers boast it will be four times larger.
Arun Mehra of Link Global Group, which is planning the construction, told Emirates 247 “It was an ambitious target to complete the project by 2014" but says the infrastructure is ready. He aims to turn Dubai into a wedding destination with the ornate structure catering to wedding parties.
According to the Telegraph the Taj Arabia is just part of an even loftier project, the Falconcity of Wonders. This opulent wonder will "feature replicas of the Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and Leaning Tower of Pisa."
Dubai is world famous for its elaborate, luxurious ambitions, nurtured and encouraged by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. However Dubai has been hit hard by the world economic downturn, leaving ambitious projects such as the millionaires' playground project of the World’s Islands to sink into the sea.
The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, stands as testimony to Dubai's ambition to make the impossible possible.