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Dubai to build new 'mini world' tourism attraction

on Jul 4, 2013

A LEGO version of Dubai's Burj Khalifa
A LEGO version of Dubai's Burj Khalifa

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A tourist attraction boasting miniature recreations of iconic world landmarks including the Empire State Building, the Great Wall of China and even the Burj Khalifa is set to open in Dubai as part of the emirate’s Expo 2020 strategy.

Mini World Park, which was approved by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum this week, will also feature odes to Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Rome’s Colosseum, and many other recognisable natural and manmade monuments.

A statement from Dubai Municipality did not clarify where the project would be located, how much it would cost, or when it would be completed.

This is not the first time that Dubai has attempted to bring together some of the world’s most famous landmarks into a single tourist development. Falconcity of Wonders, announced in 2005, proposed builder larger-than-life replicas of the likes of the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Eight years later though and that project has failed to get off the ground.

As part of its Expo 2020 bid, Dubai Municipality this week unveiled a number of other new projects.

The Al Mamzar Corniche Beach development, opposite the incomplete Palm Deira, will add up to 60,000 sqm of new public beaches in Dubai and is expected to open in the first quarter of next year.

A new Maritime Museum, in the shape of a nautical snail, will overlook Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and will cost AED35m ($9.5m) to build.

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Library project, which will take the form of an open book, and will act as a new central library. Spread across nine floors, the library will accommodate more than 1m books on display and a further 1.2m in storage.