The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its intention of building the first-ever city on the Red Planet by 2117. The Nation would be undertaking the project in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes.
The Mars project was announced by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the nation’s Armed Forces.
• To get the 100-year programme in motion, the UAE plans to put together a group of professionals, experts with the potential to achieve scientific breakthroughs in order to facilitate the transport of people to Mars over the next few decades.
• The government will be initiating scientific research programmes to nurture the national cadres specialised in space sciences at various universities in the UAE.
• The announcement of the programme was made on the sidelines of the World Government Summit amidst representative from 138 governments, six major international organisations, as well as leading international technology companies.
• The project will involve a lot of research, especially focussing on the transportation means, energy and food on Mars.
• The project also aims to find a faster transportation method to Mars.
Commenting on the program, Vice President of UAE, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid said that the landing of people on other planets has been a long-time dream for humans and UAE plans to spearhead international efforts to turn this dream into a reality.
He further added that the Mars 2117 project is a long-term one, the short-term goal is to develop the capacities and skills of Emiratis, in order to empower them to enter all disciplines of scientific research fields.
The nation would be launching its first-ever Mars mission, an unmanned orbiter called ‘Hope’, in 2020 from a Japanese space centre.