Dubai Is Getting Its Own Mars Simulation City

Not unfamiliar with innovation and bold concepts, the United Arab Emirates government has just commissioned the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to construct a space simulation city using 3D printing technology. Dubbed ‘Mars Science City,’ the huge project aims to recreate what life would be like if humans were to live on the Red Planet.

Mars Science City will be located just outside Dubai in the Emirati desert, and will be built using 3D printing technology with its walls rather incredibly made of sand particles from the surrounding landscape. Not only will it be open to tourists, a group of individuals will reside in the futuristic city for a year.

BIG’s initial plans show that Mars Science City will consist of four large dome structures, which will combine to make the largest space simulation city ever built. A series of experiments and laboratories will feature in the project, with the aim of developing sufficient ways to produce as well as conserve water, food, and energy.


Already dubbed ‘the most sophisticated building in the world’, the city will mimic the conditions similar to those on the Red Planet and will host museums with educational areas, where progress into space exploration can be displayed to inspire future generations.


“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,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid in a statement. “We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on earth.”

The Mars Science City will span an incredible 1.9 million square feet, costing around £105 million to construct. It’s still in the design stage as it stands so head over to the BIG Website to keep an eye on any progress.