The UAE space Agency outlined the first step of their strategy, a plan to build a $136 million dollar Mars Science City in Dubai simulating life on the Red Planet.
“The Program is the UAE Mars 2117 Strategy, a long-term strategy to have a colony on Mars," Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General MBRSC.
The first project under that strategy will be the UAE Mars Science City, a city which is about 2 million sq/ft built right next to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai, that will have three main pillars, around energy, water and food security, researching what you need on Mars to survive, and relating very closely to what we need on earth to survive as well.
“The city is divided into three sections: the museum aspect highlighting the achievements of youth and of the space sector here in the UAE, as well as a temporary dome with international space agencies and other museums showcasing what they’ve done in this sector. And what I call the ‘jewel of the city’ the research and development dome," Saeed Al Gergawi, Mars 2117 Program Director at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).
(Source: ArabianBusiness.com YouTube channel)