THE U.A.E PLANS TO BUILD A SMALL CITY ON MARS BY 2117🚀🌌 😲
If there ever was a heaven on earth for creative’s and visionary’s it would have to be in the U.A.E. Everything they do is Big on Big, it’s like they have the worlds tallest, biggest and coolest everything.
Only a few days after announcing their plans to introduce the world to the future of automated transport with “flying taxis” aka Air Drones
the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced their plans to take the human race to mars in 2017. Just in time for grandkids to make the decision on whether or not to take that one way trip to mars and be A Martian 👽 or stay and be an earthling 👱.
In a statement, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE, sounded confident about the project. “Human ambitions have no limits, and whoever looks into the scientific breakthroughs in the current century believes that human abilities can realize the most important human dream,” Maktoum said.
And despite the grandiose nature of the idea, the 100-year-plan does emphasize some practical steps. “The Mars 2117 Project is a long-term project,” Maktoum explained in the statement, adding that the first order of business would be making space travel appeal to young Emiratis, with special programs in space sciences being set up at universities in the UAE.
The project will also create an Emirati scientific team, but that would expand to include international scientists. In particular, these teams would be seeking to develop faster transportation to and from the planet, as well as researching what the settlement would look like and how it will be sustainable in terms of food, energy and transportation.
This won't be the Gulf state's first taste of space travel.
The UAE launched its own space agency in 2014, which launched partnerships with French and British space agencies the next year. It is planning to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021, a project that was described as “on track” just last month.
Of course, whether the plan for a city on Mars will actually come to fruition a century from now is hard to predict. However, in a strange way, this might be a good thing. Other recently announced space exploration plans, particularly those focused on Mars, have been criticized for setting too ambitious a time frame given the huge costs of such a mission. By setting such a distant goal, the UAE's ambitious city becomes a little more realistic.