Construction of the Taj Arabia, the $1 billion replica of the Taj Mahal, is set to begin by June 2013 in Falconcity, the sprawling mega-project on the outskirts of Dubai, the developer behind the project has announced.


In a report by Gulf News, Arun Mehra, director of Link Global, said that the 400 room, five star hotel, would be managed by Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, an Indian based hotel operator with 15 palace hotels.



He added that Link Global looked to have the project completed by mid-2015.


Taj Arabia is being marketed as a wedding destination, Mehra said, adding that it would overlook a retail area that would specialise in gold and wedding outfits. He added that the developer had seen a strong response from retailers looking to set up shop in development.


“The response has been very good, from local jewellers who own large chains and others outside Dubai,” he told Gulf News.


He said Taj Arabia will be designed, like Taj Mahal, on the theme of love.


“The Taj Mahal is a monument of love. Taj Arabia is designed on the theme of a monument of love,” Mehra said.


Part of the project will be dedicated to the ‘Moghul Gardens’, a retail area that will specialise in wedding requirements, including a wedding hall with the capacity for 3,000 guests and two serviced apartment buildings for wedding guests, he added.


The Taj Arabia is part of a wider development that will see replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World built on the massive development.


Arab Engineering Consultants have been appointed to design and supervise the Small Pyramid, which is one of three pyramids that make up one of the Wonders of the World, the newspaper said.


FWC officials declined to comment on the project.

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Ashghal to award $329.5 million contracts for healthcare projects

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced on Wednesday that it would award work contracts worth $329.5 million for seven major projects, including new health centres and additional operation theatres at the Hamad General Hospital.


The projects are part of Ashghal’s ambitious $3.90 billion plans for 2013/2014 to develop 124 building projects across Qatar, a report in Gulf Times, a local Doha based newspaper, said.


Emaar apartment sales revenue more than triples

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GCC food import bill to touch $53.1 billion by 2020

The restrictions imposed by agriculture producing countries on the export of food grains have caused an estimated over $50bn over the last four to five years.


Due to the controls on food exports, the wheat importing countries must have caused an extra payment of $21.5bn and rice importing countries must have paid at least an additional $19bn after the producing countries imposed restrictions on the exports.


Qatar to invest $200bn into construction by 2022

Qatar plans to invest over $200 billion in construction projects by 2022, a recent Deloitte report has found, as the Gulf Arab country gears up to meet the demands of the 2022 World Cup and beyond.

Dubai's Bid for Expo 2020 in numbers

20 million visitors are expected to make 33 million trips to the site

Construction in Qatar to grow by 19%

The Middle East's construction sector, including Qatar, has been forecast to grow by 19 percent in 2013, with the combined value of completed projects set to reach $81.6bn. And projects worth $64.5bn are set to be awarded before the end of the second half of the year, according to Aldes Middle East, a leading provider of firefighting and ventilation solutions. Given Qatar's immense growth potential of the construction and real estate sector, the company has stepped up its expansion initiative with the planned opening of a new office in Doha.


5 September