Dubai to construct Mars Science City in desert

Dubai is known for creating the unthinkable - it is planning to construct a prototype of a Mars colony in the desert so that people can have a feel of the Red Planet  which might be populated 100 years from now.

Dubai is constructing a prototype of Mars colony in the desert.
Dubai is constructing a prototype of Mars colony in the desert. Photo courtesy:

Bjarke Ingels Group have been assigned the duty of creating this wonder. They are the famed architects behind the two World Trade Centers in Manhattan and the Hyperloop One.

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This group will design a city in the desert of the United Arab Emirates meant to simulate a Mars colony. The project, costing a whopping SGD140 million, is in development near Dubai and is slated to be a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars.

Christened Mars Science City, it will spread over an area of 1.9 million square feet. The plan calls for a team of astronauts to spend a year living in the simulated city after it's completed. However, there's no timeline for construction yet.

Mars Science City will have a giant greenhouse to test agricultural techniques,
Mars Science City will have a giant greenhouse to test agricultural techniques, Photo courtesy:

At a recent meeting of government officials, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE’s Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, 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.”

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The proposed city is part of UAE’s larger mission to create a viable community on the red planet within the next century.

Ceiling of Mars Science City
The ceiling of Mars Science City will be made of materials that can block solar radiation. Photo courtesy:

In the Mars Science City, the ceiling would be made of materials that can block solar radiation (which is stronger on Mars than on Earth, due to its lack of protective atmosphere). The walls would be 3D-printed.

It  will also include a giant greenhouse to test agricultural techniques, as well as laboratories designed to explore how to store food, generate energy, and get water.

Crops will be grown using an agricultural technique called vertical farming under a greenhouse. Instead of natural sunlight, crops would grow under LEDs on stacked trays in a climate-controlled environment.

A museum will also be constructed where visitors can learn about achievements in space exploration.


Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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