Dubai to build new Taj Mahal

Dubai has set itself another grand challenge – it is aiming to build a replica of one of the most iconic architectural wonders in the world.
India’s Taj Mahal, a colossal white marble mausoleum originally built by Mughal Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz in the seventeenth century, is set to get a modern-day interpretation in the wealthy emirate.
Arun Mehra, the chairman of Link Global Group, one of the developers involved in the development, explained that the Taj Arabia complex, as it is known, is actually going to be much bigger than the original structure.
Expected to be completed as early as 2014, and nicknamed the City of Love, the luxurious building will be made up of 300 rooms, shops and commercial outlets. The original Taj Mahal took 20 years to construct.
Estimated to cost an astonishing $1 billion (approximately £621 million), the developers have billed the Taj Arabia complex as the preeminent wedding venue for affluent people.
“Marriage is a celebration. It needs to be announced and glorified. Currently Dubai is not regarded as a wedding destination. People go to Bali and other exotic places to marry. Now they will come to Taj Arabia,” Mr Mehra told Gulf News.
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