UAE plans to build first city on Mars

Published: February 15, 2017
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announces Mars 2117 Project. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF DUBAI MEDIA OFFICE

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announces Mars 2117 Project. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF DUBAI MEDIA OFFICE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unveiled a new project which aims to establish the first city on Mars by 2117 in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutions.

The ‘Mars 2117 Project’ was announced by UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” said Sheikh Mohammad at the 5th World Government Summit.

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He tweeted about the initiative, saying they were “led by a passion for science and advancing human technology”

The vision is to “create a mini-city and community on Mars”, he added.

statement by the Dubai government said, “The first phase of the project will focus on preparing the human cadres able to achieve scientific breakthrough to facilitate the arrival of human to the Red Planet in the next decades.  The ‘Mars 2117 Project’ also aims to prepare a team of Emirati scientists and to develop an international scientific consortium to speed up the research project.”

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In July 2014, UAE announced its Mars Probe mission which will send the Arab world’s first spacecraft to the Red Planet in a scientific exploration mission that will land on the planet in 2021.

Further, last year, SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled ambitious plans to establish a ‘city’ on Mars by sending humans on massive spacecraft with cabins, at a cost as low as $100,000 per person. The South African-born entrepreneur had said he hoped to make humans a “multi-planetary species” by creating a “self-sustaining city” on the Red Planet using reusable rockets.

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  • Raghu
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:09PM

    It would be much better if they built homes in Africa……and btw none of us will be alive by 2117.Recommend

  • Ali Farid
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Will the workers to build the city come from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh? I hope the Sheikhs dont confiscate their passports and withhold the salaries! Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:19PM

    Lemme guess, it will be called EMars from your friendly developer: EmaarRecommend

  • RK Singh
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:20PM

    I think the hot desert sun is effecting their thinking.Recommend

  • Retired
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:37PM

    How about securing the neighborhood first …….. maybe help Syrian Refugees! The way middle east is burning it is very far fetched to plan for 2117!! Recommend

  • Mamu
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:45PM

    @Retired:
    True. And we wont even be there to witness it.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:58PM

    By 2117 Planet Earth would have become extinct or world would have destroyed.Recommend

  • Milind
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:47PM

    “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unveiled a new project which aims to establish the first city on Mars by 2117 in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutions”

    In plain english, it means, it would pay for the technical know-how from Western countries and India (after our successful launch today), get the low skilled work done by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis and highly skilled work by Westerners and Indians and have the privileged elite sheikhs from their country flying there.Recommend

  • Awais
    Feb 15, 2017 - 4:04PM

    These Arabs have totally lost their mind. Recommend

  • Raz
    Feb 15, 2017 - 4:40PM

    @Milind: Im pretty sure Indians would be included in the low skilled labour category. Dont flatter yourself too much. Recommend

  • Gemini
    Feb 15, 2017 - 4:53PM

    We will be in our final phase of Mass Transit System by 2117Recommend

  • wb
    Feb 15, 2017 - 6:33PM

    Great vision. But, funny people don’t even have their own space program. F space program. UAE cannot run a day without foreign engineers, doctors and managers.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 15, 2017 - 9:01PM

    Great initiative. It’s duty of present generation to sow seeds of future technologies as past generations have done it for us. Salute to great visionary Muslim leaders of UAE. Recommend

  • TruthisGod
    Feb 15, 2017 - 11:33PM

    @Raz:
    What milind told is a fact, check Yahoo USA feb15,2017; Indians constitute 38percent of global high-tech talent pool even though they make up 16percent of world population.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:15PM

    @wb:
    All they have to do is add more and more floors to the Burj until they reach Mars in 2117; so who needs a space program ?!Recommend

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