UAE Is Building a Giant Fake Mars City in the Desert

BIG will design massive Mars simulation city in the United Arab Emirates

"The UAE is a great country with vision and understanding of the challenges we face and the rapid changes our world is experiencing", said Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the annual meeting for the UAE government in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

The project's 1.9 million square foot of land will serve as a playground for engineers to prototype building materials and construction techniques that may eventually be used for building a colony in Mars. Since the main objective of the city is to test long-term living on the actual Mars surface, these labs will work on developing techniques to provide food, water, and energy to Mars colonies, if that ever happens in the future.

It will also house a 3d printed museum made of sand from the Emirati desert, a close approximation of the raw materials which will be available to potential future colonists on the surface of Mars, and will commemorate mankind's achievements in space while showcasing the latest developments made by researchers who will live in the city. It will be named the Martian Scientific City and will consist of a science museum section created to inspire visitors and a scientific testing section. "The new project is another step in the UAE's leading contributions to the global science movement; we seek to set an example and motivation for others to participate and contribute, to humanity's march into space".

Dubai has won the bid to host the 2020 International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place days after the UAE Mars Mission launches its probe "Hope" to Mars. So, the UAE wants to fulfill those dreams of yours by introducing a mega-city modeled completely on Mars.

BIG will design massive Mars simulation city in the United Arab Emirates
Dubai Is Building A New City That Mimics Life On Mars

This mock city will also have special laboratories that will simulate Mars' environment and terrains.

The project aims at attracting "the best scientific minds from around the world", according to the press release. It also seeks to address global challenges such as food, water and energy security on earth.

The goal of the project, dubbed Mars Science City, is to simulate conditions for human settlers on the Red Planet.




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