His Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; jointly launched the ambitious Mars Science City project.
The AED 500 million project, named ‘Mars Scientific City’ will be spread across 1.9 million square feet and will replicate conditions for human settlement on the Red Planet.
Sheikh Mohammed said: "The UAE seeks to establish international efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come. We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on earth and to developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges.
It’ll feature research laboratories exploring means of mobility, housing, energy and food security, while its walls will be 3D printed, using sand from the UAE desert.
The city will also host a museum that displays humanity’s greatest space achievements.
Details were unveiled in Abu Dhabi at the first annual review of the UAE government’s plans for the future.
The project will be implemented by a team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers, led by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality, in cooperation with internationally renowned architects Bjarke Ingels.