The Arab emirate of Dubai will build a replica of Lyons under a $685M deal signed with the French city last week. Buti Saeed Al Gandhi, investment capital firm Emivest head, initially planned to build a French-language university in partnership with the University of Lyons but decided on “Lyons-Dubai City”, as the new metropolis will be known. Lyons-Dubai City will cover an area of about 700 acres, roughly the size of the Latin Quarter of Paris, and will contain the university, a hotel school, a film library, subsidiaries of Lyon museums and a football training center run by Olympique Lyonnais.