The United Arab Emirates Wants To Build A City On Mars


The United Arab Emirates Wants To Build A City On Mars

The United Arab Emirates Wants To Build A City On Mars
An artist’s illustration of a city on Mars envisioned by the United Arab Emirates’ Mars 2117 Project. Credit: Government of Dubai Media Office

The United Arab Emirates want to build a city on the Red Planet by 2117, within one hundred years. It also wants to be the first human settlement there. The United Arab Emirates vice president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the prime minister and ruler of Dubai unveiled the “Mars 2117 Project” during the 5th World Government Summit in Dubai.

“The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” Al Maktoum said in a statement.

According to the Government of Dubai Media Office website, the first step in achieving this goal is to develop the skills and technologies necessary to actually be able to send people to Mars and create a permanent settlement there. This will take place during the following decades.

The project will also prepare some United Arab Emirates scientists for the task at hand and to develop an international scientific consortium in order to prepare and speed up the project.

“The project will start with an Emiratis scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers, in addition to streamline the human efforts in term of exploring and settlement of the Red Planet.”

They will also focus on the means of transportation to and from Mars and make it as fast as possible. The project will involve everything an active settlement will need and will try to oversee and anticipate all the problems and need those first colonists will have. These include food, land transportation, energy, supplies and whatever else.During the summit, a team of engineers have showcased the initial sketch of the settlement which will be made entirely by robots. The plan showed all the above-mentioned requirements.

In the meantime, the United Arab Emirates engineers are working on the “Hope” Mars orbiter which is the country’s first spacecraft to the Red Planet and which will be launched in 2020 by making use of the Japanese H-2A booster.

The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars in 2021, wich will coincide with the United Arab Emirates foundation. The probe is set to analyse the planet’s current weather patterns and compare it with Mars’s ancient climate.