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Owner of India's fake Burj Al Arab replica reports thriving trade

Rajinder Kumar says he is not worried about any legal issues as in India you "are free to do so"

Owner of India's fake Burj Al Arab replica reports thriving trade

The owner of a farmhouse hotel built based on the design of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab in India says he hasn’t received any legal correspondence in relation to copyright issues.

Rajinder Kumar (pictured below), the owner of the farmhouse, told South Asian news agency, Aninews.in, that he has not received any letters in relation to the building.

“Personally, I have not got any notice of legal action. But yes, while browsing the Internet, I had once read that owners of Jumeirah beach might take legal action. But I think we are in our country and are free to do so,” said Kumar.

The three-storied rural farm house, built in the village of Phagwara, Punjab, has been called Burj Ali and is proving popular with locals who go there to dine and to avail of reasonable rates.

Kumar, who has never been to Dubai, said he built the Burj Al Arab replica because he had a triangular-shaped plot of land that he wanted to use.

Jumeirah Group, which opened the 280 metre tall landmark hotel on a manmade island off the coast of Dubai in 1999, owns complete copyright of the building’s design. When reports first emerged last year of Kumar's farmhouse, Jumeirah's legal department were made aware of its existence.



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Xander Grande 5 years ago

Yeah right, it is your country and you "are free to do so". But have you heard the word "copyright" and "intellectual property"? Better google it as soon as possible before anything goes wrong.

Jess 5 years ago

This pretty much sums up the relationship between the UAE and the subcontinent.

SA1 5 years ago

As I understand patents / copyright also have jurisdiction. If they have not patented and copyrighted the designs in India...then of-course the guy is legally okay.

If Vegas can build Effile and Dubai can build Taj replica...why go after this individual.?

Veronica Chapman 5 years ago

Well the UAE must be very honoured, as people what want to copy, have no ideas of their own.

S-M 5 years ago

Xander, does this mean that "copyright" and "intellectual property" are applicable only to the guy in India and not to Dubai who is planning to copy Taj and build a replica ? Strange indeed !

True 5 years ago

Dear Veronica,
Copying is not only in the 'Building business" it is in everything, it is in humans, when a person goes to a salon, they too want to 'COPY' 'IMTATE' some one Popular. even in Clothing etc, even if it is indecent male or female.
This guy must be having money to BURN ( only a few will know what I mean)' and so he fulfills his own desires.
Look in your own closet, or the mirror and you will see what I mean.
More money than Brains!!!!!!!

one of the joes 5 years ago

Veronica, did you ever try to trace the originals for what you find in Dubai?
most of what you find here is a copy of something that was created somewhere else before.

turk971 5 years ago

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!!!

ex-seo 5 years ago

No problem. Dubai will soon have it's Taj Mahal. We already have *2* Chrysler buildings.

Burj Al Copy 5 years ago

If Jumeirah Group is loosing business because their rich clients mistake this farmhouse in Punjab, India, for the real Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE, and book a night or a meal there and get 'disappointed' that it is not the 7 star luxury they thought it would be, I think there is a serious copyright issue that Jumeirah Group needs to take immediate action on. Similarly, if people end up at Burj Al Arab, Dubai, thinking they would get 'dining at reasonable rates' when all they wanted was a farmhouse meal at Burj Ali, Punjab, then again Jumeirah Group should take immediate action. Otherwise, let's all laugh it off till a replica of a 10 metre high Burj Khalifa comes up in some part of the world and we have to pay to climb for the view...!!

On another note, for those who haven't done their research and accuse blatantly, copyright fees have been paid (where applicable) by Vegas and Dubai to have replicas of the famous monuments/buildings.