Dubai revisits ‘mini world’ park plans ahead of Expo 2020

Will feature replicas of Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, New York’s Empire State Building, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China and Petra in Jordan
Dubai revisits ‘mini world’ park plans ahead of Expo 2020
Above: The Window of the World theme park in China features a miniature recreation of famous New York skyscrapers.
By Sarah Townsend
Mon 06 Apr 2015 10:39 AM

The Dubai government says it intends to revisit a project to build a ‘mini world’ park featuring replicas of famous monuments from around the world.

An official from Dubai Municipality reportedly told Emirates 247 that work will commence on the project as soon as a location is confirmed.

The intention is to complete the park before the Dubai Expo 2020 event.

“The park is [currently] on hold, but we are going to restart once we determine a location,” said Abdulla Mohammed Rafia, assistant director general for engineering and planning at Dubai Municipality, told the news website. “There are alternative locations and we haven’t decided on it,” he added.

The park would feature mini versions of buildings including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, New York’s Empire State Building, the Canton Tower in China, Toronto’s CN Tower, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the Swiss Re Tower – also known as ‘the Gherkin’ – in the City of London, the state news agency Wam has previously reported.

There are also plans to build replicas of historical landmarks, such as the Abu Simbel Temple and the Pyramids in Egypt, Algeria’s ancient Roman ruins at Timgad, The Great Wall of China, Leptis Magna in Libya, the Kingdom of Kerma in Sudan, Aztec temples in Mexico, the Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis of Athens, Stonehenge in England and Petra in Jordan.

The park would reportedly also feature copies of natural monuments including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Ayers Rock in Australia, Raouche Rock in Lebanon, Mount Rushmore in the US, rice terraces in the Philippines, Resurrection Island in the south Atlantic Ocean, and the Niagara Falls in Canada.

Other Dubai Municipality projects planned for Expo 2020 include Aladdin City – a mixed-use scheme designed to celebrate the tales of Aladdin and Sinbad – and a beachfront lifestyle development in Al Mamzar.

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