The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it was planning to build the first city on Mars by 2117. Photo Courtesy:-Canadian Space Agency

A little more than 35 years ago, Dubai was a small fishing village with only dirt roads to travel on. In this decade, Dubai described as the largest and most futuristic city and the jewel of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). UAE (United Arab Emirates), known as one of the most opulent places on Earth for its unique skyscrapers and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. But they are now embarking on an ambitious new project to colonise the Red Planet (Mars) by the year 2117.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is looking to transport people to Mars over the next century and has unveiled plans to construct a mini city/a human settlement on the Red Planet as part of the 2117 Mars project in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at the World Government Summit in Dubai in the presence of representatives of 138 governments, six major international organisations, as well as leading international tech companies. The Mars 2117 Project was announced by the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Gulf News reported on Tuesday.

The 100-year national project, on which the Gulf state would collaborate with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes to achieve this feat. “Mars 2117 Project” is a new space construction project which the UAE is planning by building a mini-city with an average population of 600,000 on Mars. UAE engineers presented a concept city (construction plan) at the event about the size of Chicago for guests to explore, according to CNBC.

A computer generated image of the mini city on Mars released by the Dubai Media Office. The announcement to set up the city for 2117 was made at the World Government Summit. Photo Courtesy :- (Dubai Media Office/Twitter)

The ambitious project (Mars mission) plan for 2117 is a national programme for the next 100 years that aims to accelerate scientific research specialized in the space explorations, fully operated by a team of Emirati scientists and engineers. The project will help to explore potential life on Mars and discover ways to supply a small city on Mars with life, food and energy during its final phase. The scientific research programme will also include development of faster transportation methods for travelling from Earth to Mars and back.

This is a computer generated image of what the interior of the Martian buildings might look like. Photo Courtesy:- (Dubai Media Office/Twitter)

In a statement, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, sounded confident about the project. “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,” said Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid.

This computer generated image shows the pod that will enclose the city. The US is the only nation so far to land and operate long-term an unmanned ship on Mars. Photo Courtesy:- (Dubai Media Office/Twitter)

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said that the short-term goal is to develop the capacities and skills of Emiratis. “The 2117 Mars initiative is a long-term project, which will first help develop our education, universities and research centres that will empower young Emiratis to enter all disciplines of scientific research fields,” he said.

The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans to help get people to the red planet over the next decades. More missions have been attempted to Mars than any other planet on the Solar System except the moon. Photo Courtesy:- (Dubai Media Office/Twitter)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) isn’t new to space exploration. In 2014, the UAE established its space agency, aiming to boost the country’s space research capacity. NASA and UAE space agency reached an agreement in June 2016, to cooperate in aeronautics research and to use it to benefit humanity. In 2015, the country announced its Mars Probe mission, which will launch the Arab world’s first spacecraft to Mars in a scientific exploration mission that will land on the Red Planet in 2021.

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