Dubai does it better, make no mistake. And while the relatively new megacity has on occasions sought inspiration from famous world landmarks, it has elevated whatever the template was to create something all the more incredible.
There are the pyramids at Wafi, Dubai’s answer to New York’s Chrysler building – the Central Business Towers - and the upcoming Bollywood theme park's Rajmahal, to name but a few. Even the Dubai Fountains are bigger and better than those offered by the Bellagio in Las Vegas, a city itself with an Eiffel Tower on the main highway.
Now it seems the tables have turned as Burj Al Arab, the world's most famous hotel, located right here in Jumeirah, will have its own doppelganger in the small coastal city of Plymouth, in England’s South West.
Dubbed Meridian, it’s a fraction of the size of the original with only 11 storeys (the real Burj Al Arab has 56).
Plymouth’s newest landmark may comprise 64 luxury apartments with sea views but it’s still likely to be a world away from the 'only seven-star hotel' in the world.
Images by Burke Rickhards Architects
Judging by the rendering provided by UK developer Linden homes, the £40million (Dhs193 million) structure does share some stylistic similarities with Santiago Calatrava’s iconic dhow-style creation but we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s a distant cousin or an identical twin.
According to the Plymouth Herald, it’s the fact that the upcoming building will be supported by a series of curved steel “ribs” which has led Meridian to be likened to Burj Al Arab, as developers claim it takes inspiration from a ship’s sails not a dhow’s.
Funnily enough, there were reports back in 2007 that a Burj Al Arab-style building called Clyde Quay Tower was also going to be built in Plymouth.
And if we look further afield, a man in the Indian region of Punjab even converted his farmhouse into a scaled down carbon copy of the Burj Al Arab a few years ago.
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