Talk of breaking territories and doing the ‘impossible’, this is it. The United Arab Emirate, UAE, is a home to many ground-breaking developments. Today, the world’s tallest building is sitting pretty in Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.

In just 46 years of her existence, the UAE has gained a reputation for making the impossible possible – expertise and swift execution of obvious insanely ambitious and pioneering projects.

But the dream now is beyond the planet as they believe they’ve conquered earth. UAE and Dubai are leading the world to Mars.

On Tuesday, The Emir of Dubai and the Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched an initiative called “Mars 2117”.

The initiative aims to establish the first inhabitable human settlement in Planet Mars by 2117 – to build a “mini-city and community on Mars” with international cooperation.

The announcement was made by the Emir at the 5th World Government Summit, currently being held in the Emirate.

“The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” said Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid.

“We aspire to great things, so my brother Mohammed bin Zayed [the first President of the UAE and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi] and I today decided the UAE will join the global effort to send humans to Mars.”

‘Mars 2117′ is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human knowledge.”

The first phase of the project, according to the full statement, will focus on preparing the human cadres able to achieve scientific breakthrough to facilitate the arrival of human to the Red Planet in the next decades.

The Mars 2117 Project also aims to prepare an Emiratis scientists team and to develop an international scientific consortium to speed up the research project.

The project will start with an Emiratis scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers, in addition to streamline the human efforts in term of exploring and settlement of the red plant.

“The project will also focus on developing faster means of transportation from and to the red planet, and come up with an integrated scientific visualization of how the settlement will look like, and how life will be there in term of food, transportation and energy among many others”

“Earlier, an Emirati team of engineers, along with a group of scientists and researchers, have set a concept for the first human city on mars that will be built by robots. The plan showcased during the summit highlighted the expected lifestyle on Mars in terms of transport, power production and providing food, as well as infrastructure works and materials used for the construction of the city.”

In 2015, the UAE announced its Mars Probe mission, which will send the Arab world’s first spacecraft to the Red Planet in a scientific exploration mission that will land on planet in 2021, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and is the second smallest planet in the solar system. It is often described as the “Red Planet” due to its reddish appearance.  It is half the diameter of Earth and has the same amount of dry land.

Mars is described as the most habitable planet after the earth. Its soil contains water to extract. It isn’t too cold or too hot. There is enough sunlight to use solar panels.

There have been successful mission attempts to Mars in the past but till date, only the United States has successfully landed any spacecraft on the red plane.

Time to go to Mars, people!!!


Author: Timilehin Boyinde

Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.