Video: White House replica being built in Iraq
Mansion being built for millionaire in Erbil
A wealthy Iraqi businessman is building a replica of the White House in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, just miles from ISIL-controlled territories, it was reported.
Worth an estimated $17mn, the mansion is being built by 58-year-old businessman Shihab N. Shihab in Dream City, one of Erbil’s most exclusive and expensive communities.
“I get to keep my bedroom for the rest of my life while Obama has to vacate it when his term ends,” Shihab told Bloomberg News.
Due to be completed in four months, the 3,000m2 copy will be three storeys high and include a 140m2 bedroom, five bathrooms and, like the US version, its own private movie theatre.
It will also be decked out in 21 carat gold, Greek columns and even a Turkish bath.
“They don't have one in the White House,” Shihab told the Daily Mail.