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It seems that China isn't the only country replicating iconic places to attract tourists these days.
Perhaps even rivaling the Chinese replication of an Austrian village, Dubai will add a familiar landmark to their already extensive lineup of expensive properties: The Taj Mahal.
With an estimated cost of around $1 billion, The Link Global Group of Dubai has announced plans to recreate India's famous landmark to love, only bigger, and with the addition of a 300-room luxury hotel and numerous shopping opportunities for the upper class newlyweds the builder hopes to attract.
While the original Taj Mahal in Agra took over 20 years to construct by the distraught emperor Shah Jahan for his late wife, the Taj Mahal in Dubai -- soon to be dubbed 'The New City of Love' -- will be completed in 2014.
But India isn't the only country to have a loved landmark reproduced in Dubai. The upcoming Taj Arabia complex surrounding the new structure will also contain replications of Egypt's pyramids, China's Great Wall, and even the Eiffel Tower.
The Taj Mahal has already been replicated before -- not counting Donald Trump's hotel/casino of the same name in Las Vegas. A Bangladeshi filmmaker constructed a life-sized Taj Mahal in a small town at a cost of $58 million. His version contains imported marble and diamonds and was built just for 'those too poor to see the original'.
The original Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra, India.
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