Dream City

Lavish $20 million ‘White House’ in Iraq complete with marble floors — but beware ISIS neighbours

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Developers in northern Iraq are building a replica of the White House on spec in Dream City, Erbil.

But the $20-million eastern mansion, based loosely on the U.S.’s president’s residence, includes some features not normally found in western homes — a lavish Turkish bath, for one, and a colourful marble floor.

The development, which would not look out of place in Dubai or Los Angeles, is one of several luxurious gated communities that have sprouted up in the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region.

The hope is they will attract well-heeled foreign investors, despite the looming presence of ISIS jihadists not that far away.

Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues the White House a $20 villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction work continues on a replica White House, a $20million villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesA construction worker walks up the staircase inside the replica White House, a $20 million villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues inside a Turkish Bath inside the replica White House in Erbil, Iraq.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesA man stands in the swimming pool that is being finished in the replica White House in Erbil, Iraq.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesA construction worker walks through a reception room downstairs in the replica White House, a $20 million villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues the White House a $20 villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues on a replica White House, a $20 million villa being built inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues on a replica White House in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014..
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues on luxury villas inside Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesConstruction continues on blocks of high rise apartments overlooking Dream City, a new exclusive residential suburb that is being developed in Erbil on Dec. 15, 2014.
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WikepediaThe ancient Citadel of Erbil is surrounded by a sprawling urban region.