Moon Dubai’s lunar surface, surrounded by a “lunar colony,” is designed to handle 2.5 million guests, annually
Dubai could have a $5 billion (AED18 billion) moon building in the form of a destination resort, Canadian architectural company and intellectual property licensor, Moon World Resorts Inc. (MWR) told Arabian Business.
Proposed and co-founded by Sandra G. Matthews and Michael R. Henderson, the resort is designed to be built in 48 months and will have an overall height of 735 feet (224 meters).
When constructed, Moon Dubai is expected to add to the emirate’s economy in sectors such as hospitality, entertainment, attractions, education, technology, the environment and space tourism, Henderson said.
“Moon Dubai will be the largest and most successful modern-day tourism project within the entire MENA region, doubling annual tourism visitations to Dubai based on its global appeal, brand awareness and unique multiple integrated offerings,” Moon World Resorts’ Mathews and Henderson said, adding it can “can comfortably accommodate 10 million annual visitors.”
The resort’s lunar surface, surrounded by a “lunar colony,” is expected to enable 2.5 million guests, annually, to experience affordable space tourism on the ground in Dubai.
“Moon Dubai will significantly impact every aspect of the emirate’s economy including tourism, transportation, commercial and residential real estate, infrastructure, financial services, aviation and space, energy, MICE, agriculture, technology and of course education,” Henderson said, adding this would “firmly plant the UAE flag into the forefront of space exploration,” thus, driving millions of global space enthusiasts to seek out all Dubai has to offer.
The resort’s focus is on leading-edge architecture, engineering, design and technology. Moon will also accommodate a training platform for various space agencies and their respective astronauts.
Moon Dubai is also planning to incorporate boutique ‘Sky Villas’, which will be known as the private residence at the moon, with the luxury units housed internally within the main superstructure disc buildings.
“Approximately 300 units will be available for purchase, with sky villa owners being members of an exclusive private members club at Moon,” Henderson said.
What’s in it for visitors?
Guests visiting the Moon, could take advantage of a spa and wellness section, a nightclub, event center, global meeting place, lounge and an in-house “moon shuttle,” of which details are yet to be revealed.
The next steps
“Currently, MWR is planning a 2023 global road-show series showcasing Moon to potential regional licensees. One such show will take place in the MENA region, potentially Dubai, UAE, with other options including KSA, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait,” Henderson said.
He added: “Once the single MENA regional license has been consummated and the precise location has been chosen, a one-year pre-development program will be initiated followed by a four-year build-out program.”
Moon Dubai is proposed to operate under gold LEED certification, a 5-star built-out standard and 5-diamond resort operational standard.
MWR is expected to license four Moon destination resorts around the globe (known as regional licenses), one in each of the following regions of North America, Europe, MENA and Asia.
The UAE is currently exploring opportunities surrounding celestial bodies, developing satellite communications technology and deploying the latest space technologies in terrestrial applications.
Recently, the country earmarked $820 million to fund ambitious space plans, with initial plans to build satellites.