Construction work on the Taj Mahal's Dubai replica will begin in 2016, its developer said.
Taaj Arabia, inspired by India's iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum, will launch in 2018, Links Global Group reportedly told Emirates24x7.
The project was initially set to commence works in June 2013, but was since delayed due to approvals processes.
Falah Al Salman, a senior executive at the firm, said: "There is no rejection from any party and the delay is because of various approvals we have to do… the process is taking time.
"Big projects have to go through various levels of approvals and big projects don’t come easy.
"We are building a landmark... a destination for the city of Dubai - and we need to do it very carefully," he added.
Taaj Arabia will span 20 acres in Falcon City of Wonders, Dubailand, and will comprise a five-star hotel (400-450 keys), 300 residential and serviced apartments, retail shops, and a banquet hall for 2,000 people, besides other facilities.
Arun Mehra, director of Links, said the development will not be a copy-cat replica of Taj Mahal, instead being inspired by the monument.
"It is not a replica… it is two times bigger than Taj Mahal," he said.