DUBAI (UAE): A USD $1 Billion mega-structure replica of original Agra’s Taj Mahal is in plan to be constructed in Dubai. The replica has been given name Taj Arabia and will be 4 times as big as the original Taj Mahal in India. Taj Arabia will include a grand hotel with 300-rooms and retail marketplace of area 1 million Sq Ft. Taj Arabia will be developed as a wedding venue and is being expected to be the world’s grandest wedding venue.
The project is being handled by Link Global. The multi-purpose project is a commercially targeted move. Link Global is in collaborative talks with international hotel operators to manage the 300-room hotel.
Taj Arabia will be constructed in the center of the 41 Million Sq Ft Falcon City of Wonders on Emirates Road. The venue will have lush green surroundings including the Mughal Gardens as in original Taj Mahal. Also several architecturally-themed residential and commercial buildings will be there inside the campus.
NRI (Non-Resident Indian) Arun Mehra, Director of Link Global in an interview to Arabian Business said :
We are already negotiating with three or four (hotel) operators. We want to bring the best in. They are all international. One of them is not yet here (in the UAE) but is quite big.
Around the Taj, we have wedding and romance as a theme. The gold and jewellery business in Dubai is multiplying every year so it will be jewellery retailers. We’ve had a huge response from the big players in jewellery wanting the prime spots.
The criticism is coming from a very small population around the Taj. It’s not going to affect their livelihoods with people coming to see the Dubai one instead of the original.
The original Taj Mahal at Agra (Uttar Pradesh, India) was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The time-span of its construction as cited in Wikipedia is 1632–1653. This means it took almost 21 years to build Taj Mahal. On the other hand, completion of the project Taj Arabia is expected to be by 2014 i.e. just within two years. Dubai is also known for Burj Khalifa which is the tallest manmade structure in the world (2722 Ft).
Watch this official video exclusively featured in the official website of the project www.tajarabia.com :