The government of UAE has launched its Mars Science City project to build a city that replicates life on red planet Mars.
The AED500m ($136.1m) project will cover an area of 1.9 million sq ft. It will offer a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars.
The city will feature several domes and laboratories that will simulate the red planet’s terrain and harsh environment using advanced 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation.
Additionally, the project will include labs for testing food, energy and water, as well as agricultural testing and studies about food security in the future.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president, 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.
“We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on earth and to developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges."
The plan for the Mars Science City project also includes an experiential element which will involve a team living in the stimulated red planet city for one year to gain the experience for future innovation around sustaining life in a hostile planetary environment.