Credit: Government of Dubai Media Office


The United Arab Emirates have launched the Mars Science City project. The initiative was unveiled at the annual meetings for the UAE government in Abu Dhabi last week.

This city, at 1.9 million square feet, would make it the largest space stimulation city ever built and will provide a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars. It would encompass laboratories for food, energy and water, as well as agricultural testing and studies about food security in the future.

Walls of sand

According to the Government of Dubai’s media office, the science city will also boast a museum that displays humanity’s greatest space achievements, including educational areas meant to engage young citizens with space, and inspire in them a passion for exploration and discovery. The walls of the museum will be 3D printed, using sand from the Emirati desert.

Credit: Government of Dubai Media Office

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid explained that 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.”

Credit: Government of Dubai Media Office


Settlement on Mars

The Mars Science City project falls within the UAE’s objectives to lead the global scientific race to take people to Mars, and is part of the Mars 2117 Strategy, launched during the fifth World Government Summit, which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.

This project will include advanced laboratories that stimulate the Red Planet’s terrain and harsh environment through advanced 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation.

Live-in team

The Mars Science City project also includes an experiential element which will involve a team living in the stimulated city for one year. The Mars Science City structure when completed is billed as the most sophisticated building in the world, incorporating a realistic simulation environment replicating the conditions on the surface of Mars.

Credit: Government of Dubai Media Office

The city will consist of several domes, with innovative construction techniques providing support for the structures. A team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers, led by a team from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality will carry out the project, in cooperation with internationally renowned architects from the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

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