Prepare for the New Lyon (Not in France)
In the tradition of nations like Japan and Vietnam, who love to recreate famous sights so their citizens don't need to leave home to see the world, a Dubai entrepreneur has decided that he loves the French city of Lyon so much he simply has to recreate it in his homeland.
The exact location of the new Lyon hasn't been decided yet, but it's likely to be an almost 1,000-acre project with a price tag of $740 million. It will include a French university, French-style houses and offices, subsidiaries of Lyon museums and even a soccer center run by the Olympique Lyonnais team.
The funny thing is there's absolutely no secret about the plan and the actual city of Lyon is closely involved--they even launched the project in the real Lyon itself. Cloning cities and sightseeing hot spots might just be the way to save the earth: If we don't need to travel anywhere we'll sure save a heap in carbon emissions, right?