The United Arab Emirates says they’re going to spend about 150 million dollars to build the largest space simulation city ever built. The multi-domed city will mimic the Mars colony lifestyle and will replicate the conditions on the surface of the red planet.
Once complete a team will live in the Mars-like city for one year with the goal of future innovation around sustaining life in a hostile planetary environment. Project leaders say they will conduct a range of experiments involving self-sufficiency.
The project, which was unveiled Tuesday, will include advanced laboratories that emulate the harsh Martian conditions. The labs will be used to experiment with the production of food, energy, and water. They’ll also be experimenting with heat and radiation insulation using advanced 3D printing.
“The new project is another step in the UAE’s leading contributions to the global science movement; we seek to set an example and motivation for others to participate and contribute, to humanity’s march into space,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is the Prime Minister of Dubai.
In a press release, the Dubai Government said they seek to attract the best scientific minds from around the world in a collaborative contribution in the UAE to human development and the improvement of life.
The 1.9 million square foot city will also boast a museum that displays humanity’s greatest space achievements, including educational areas meant to inspire children. The walls of the museum will be 3D printed, using sand from the Emirati desert.
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 but no completion date has been set.