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Now, Dubai’s own Taj Mahal

Nearly four times bigger than the original, Taj Arabia will be a near replica of India’s famous monument

  • By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:06 October 3, 2012
  • XPRESS

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DUBAI: It took Mughal emperor Shah Jahan 22 years to build the Taj Mahal. But Dubai developers are planning to construct a bigger version of it in just two years.

Taj Arabia, a replica of the 360-year-old marble mausoleum, will be about four times the size of the original, developers said at the Cityscape Global event in Dubai.

The billion dollar project will be set in the heart of the 41 million square foot Falcon City of Wonders on Emirates Road. Taj Mahal is an epitome of love and romance and Taj Arabia, which is expected to be ready by late 2014, will be no different. It will celebrate the union of couples by serving as the world’s grandest wedding destination.

“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,” said Arun Mehra, Chairman of the Link Global Group, sub-developers of the mega project, on Wednesday.

Surrounded by lush green landscaping including the famous Mughal Gardens, the “New City of Love” will have several architecturally themed residential and commercial buildings.

Taj Arabia will be a five-star hotel property with 300 rooms. It will be flanked by seven mixed use buildings, two of which will have 200 serviced apartments.

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Mehra told XPRESS: “Taj Arabia will not be a 100 per cent replica as it has a different purpose. That said, we definitely want to create the same spirit of love and passion in today’s modern times when divorce rates are fast picking up.”

He added: “Traditionally in the UAE and the sub-continent, marriage is not just a union of two people but also their families. The serviced apartments beside Taj Arabia will be ideal for wedding guests as they will have 10 large bedrooms and a hall. We want to create an atmosphere which bonds family members.”

The developers added that some Bollywood producers have shown interest in using Taj Arabia as a backdrop for movies in future.

Falconcity of Wonders is an integrated mega city shaped to represent the falcon, emblem of the UAE’s heritage. It’ll include several historical and modern icons of architecture from around the world such as the Pyramids, Hanging Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, and Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

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  1. Added 14:37 October 4, 2012

    This is a pure waste of money and hard labour.

    Amer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:51 October 4, 2012

    Taj Arabia? Oh come on! Taj Mahal is an icon for centuries. Please dont copy it. It would be a disgrace and disrespect to the late Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Building a replica of a worldwide famous icons doesnt invites positivity and good vibes. Please build something that you could be proud of and not a Xerox copy....

    Anwar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:29 October 4, 2012

    Let us wait and watch

    ram, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:38 October 4, 2012

    There should be something unique about whatever we do.Instead of copying the architecture from different nations.,I feel the architects in U.A.E. should do something creative .Where is the talent and creativity if you are copying someone else's art work .This can be done by any layman.When you visit other countries we get the impression that 'Oh this has been copied back home' .'Please stop the trend of copying and opt for something unique.ShahJahan wanted to create something unique for his beloved .We will be shattering his dreams when we recreate the same monument and by renaming it.Explore the creativity in you ,not explore the world and copy the creativity of others.

    ASHIK SIJU, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:29 October 4, 2012

    Why waste so much money on such building..just for name?? there r so many people without food and sheltar, do something for them and earn their prayers....feeling very sad to know that people are spending so much money just for fame....

    Abhinav, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:01 October 4, 2012

    The Taj is where Shah Jahan's wife lay buried... yes it is a monument to love.... Taj Arabia... as a wedding destination sounds funny....

    amrit, bombay, India

  7. Added 10:48 October 4, 2012

    Who needs this??? The city is already stuffed with copies of famous monuments and bigger/better/higher buildings than other countries... why not create something real so residents don't have the feeling of waking up every morning in Disney Land?

    Monika, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:15 October 4, 2012

    I now feel i am re-living the days before recession. Are the good old days comming back?

    Roy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:07 October 4, 2012

    How sad is nothing sacred ?

    Kevin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 09:54 October 4, 2012

    SOME TIMES I WONDER WHY THIS SIMPLE DESIGN BUILDING LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL.WHEREAS THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF MODERN BUILDINGS WITH LATEST DESIGNS. I CONCLUDE THAT OLD IS GOLD AND AFTER THE DESIGN IS SIMILAR TO DESIGN OF ALMIGHTY ALLAH'S HOUSE THE MOSQUE. THAT IS THE REASON IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL AND WILL REMAiN BEAUTIFUL

    WAH, IN, India

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