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Dubai to get its own Taj Mahal

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for his wife Mumtaz around 350 years ago, might not be very pleased by this news, but the Arab emirate of Dubai plans to build its own Taj Mahal at a cost of $1 billion.


The Taj Mahal in Agra. file pic

Taj Arabia will be about four times the size of the original monument, the developers said last week. The project is expected to be ready by late 2014 and will be set in the heart of the 41 million sq feet Falcon City of Wonders on Emirates road.

Taj Arabia 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. People go to Bali and other exotic places to marry. Now they will come to the Taj Arabia,” said Arun Mehra, chairman of the Link Global Group, sub-developers of the mega project.

Taj Arabia will be a five-star hotel property with 300 rooms. The Taj Mahal, which is situated Agra, is a Unesco World Heritage site.

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