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Dubai plans to build large harbor, 135-meter-tall lighthouse

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ― Dubai’s ruler announced the sheikhdom, which is home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, would build a new 1,400-berth marina and massive lighthouse along its coast.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made the surprise announcement Jan. 1.

The plan for the Dubai Harbor is to occupy more than 20 million square feet of space and include a cruise ship port and terminal. The project would also include a 443-foot tall lighthouse.

Meraas, a developer backed by Sheikh Mohammed, will build the project between Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence neighborhood and the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago.

Authorities offered no cost estimates for the project.

Dubai is the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates, an oil-producing nation squeezed in recent months by low crude prices.

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